Chisnall fights for Premier League survival in Cardiff

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Dave Chisnall will bid to avoid Betway Premier League elimination when he takes on Peter Wright on Judgement Night in Cardiff.

Morecambe’s 2015 semi-finalist will be hoping he is the man to survive with two of Chisnall, Michael Smith and Robert Thornton set to miss out on the final weeks of the competition.

Thursday’s decisive night will see the 10 players complete the first half of the Premier League season with their final round of fixtures before the field is cut to eight stars.

The elimination battle took a further twist last week when Scottish ace Thornton moved off the foot of the league table for the first time by taking three points from his two matches as he defeated Smith before drawing with Michael van Gerwen.

It all means Thornton is on four points, one clear of Smith and Chisnall.

The resort thrower picked up a win and a draw in the opening three weeks but has been punished for missed doubles throughout five straight losses since.

The 35-year-old said: “I’ve been starting off alright but I’ve missed too many doubles and that’s been the story of my season.

“It’s been frustrating and I’ve had too many slack darts.

“It’s all about timing and I’m getting it wrong - I’m not finishing the chances I’m getting.

“It’s fine margins and on another night the doubles might go in, but it’s my own fault - I put myself in this place so I have to dig it out.

“I’ve got a good record against Peter but if I keep missing doubles then I’m not going to win games, so we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve been in this situation before and come through, so hopefully the result will go my way.”

Smith will be the first of the three elimination rivals take to the stage as he faces Phil Taylor. 
Chisnall then takes on Wright with Thornton’s fate is in his own hands as he battles Adrian Lewis.

The visit to Cardiff will also feature the all-Dutch clash between table-topping van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld.

Reigning Premier League champion Gary Anderson will kick off the night against James Wade.