Chisnall into second round after seeing off Wright in thriller

Dave Chisnall celebrates on his way to victory over Peter Wright. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Dave Chisnall celebrates on his way to victory over Peter Wright. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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Dave Chisnall is through to the second round of the partypoker.com World Grand Prix after a dramatic win over Peter Wright in Dublin on Sunday night.

The Morecambe ace escaped four missed match darts to snatch a 2-1 victory from the jaws of defeat at the Citywest Hotel live on Sky Sports.

Dave Chisnall in action against Peter Wright. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Dave Chisnall in action against Peter Wright. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Wright edged a tight opening set 3-2 after Chisnall missed two darts at double 12 in the fifth leg to claim the lead, only for the 2013 Dublin runner-up to take the second set 3-1 to level.

Wright moved 2-0 up in the decider, but missed the bull for the match in leg three and then saw Chisnall finish a 13-darter to send the game into a sudden-death leg.

Wright landed a 180, but missed three more match darts to allow the Premier League semi-finalist in to take out 60 on tops to claim a narrow triumph.

Chisnall said: “It was very hard and I had to keep battling.

“I gave him that first set by missing the double 12 and I had to dig in, but I won and I’m happy with that.

“Peter was quite good with his doubles and I didn’t think he’d miss at the end, but it was always going to go to the wire.”

Chisnall now plays Jelle Klaasen in round two, after the Dutchman knocked out Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan by coming from a set down to win 2-1.

The resort thrower had warmed up for the World Grand Prix with a run to the final in the 17th Players Championship event at the same venue on Friday.

Chisnall was in sizzling form on the day, seeing off world number one Michael van Gerwen in the last eight before then overcoming Phil Taylor 6-4 in a high-quality semi-final.

It would be champion Ian White who would begin the stronger in the final though as he raced into a 5-1 lead after a fine start which also saw him raise hopes of a second nine-darter of the day with six perfect darts.

Chisnall kicked back in style though as he found his form to take the next four legs on the spin and force a decider, where White would hold his nerve to break back and take the £10,000 top prize in dramatic fashion.

On Saturday, Chisnall reached the second round of the 18th Players Championship event before a 6-1 defeat to Darren Webster.

Alan Norris took the top prize with a 6-1 win over Kim Huybrechts in the final.