Chisnall fights back to reach last 16 of World Grand Prix

Dave Chisnall on his way to victory over Robbie Green. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall on his way to victory over Robbie Green. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Former finalist Dave Chisnall overcame a power cut to move into the last 16 of the Unicorn World Grand Prix on Monday night.

The Morecambe ace lost the first set after seeing his match against Robbie Green delayed by 20 minutes in the session opener.

The Premier League star hit back though to win 2-1 and set up a clash with 2011 World Grand Prix runner-up Brendan Dolan on Wednesday night.

Chisnall said: “I didn’t turn up for the first set, and the power cut probably helped me.

“I wasn’t at my best but I got through it and I can look forward now to the next round.”

Northern Irishman Dolan was a straight sets winner over world number five Peter Wright.

He said: “It’s a very special win because my form hasn’t been great this year.

“I got stronger as the game went on and it’s a great boost.

“Dave’s another Premier League player and he’s a brilliant player.

“He’s got to the final of this tournament before so it should be nip and tuck.”

The big shock on Monday night saw Steve West enjoy a dream debut in the £400,000 double-start tournament with the performance of his life to defeat Phil Taylor.

Taylor, the 11-time World Grand Prix winner, hit back from a leg down to take the opening set 3-1, and shared the first four legs of the second set to move a leg away from the win.

West, though, finished 101 for a second time as he took the set to level before winning the decider 3-1 for the biggest win of his career.