Chisnall knocked out of World Grand Prix after van Barneveld fight back

Raymond van Barneveld celebrates his win over Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Raymond van Barneveld celebrates his win over Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Dave Chisnall exited the partypoker.com World Grand Prix at the first round stage with defeat to Raymond van Barneveld on Tuesday night.

The Morecambe darts ace, last year’s runner up in Dublin, looked in command as he won the first set 3-0.

But the five-time world champion fought back, taking out 129 and 105 to share the opening four legs of the second set before a 13-darter from the Dutchman denied Chisnall a match dart as he forced a deciding set.

The two-time World Grand Prix runner-up then took out 109 and 75 to move 2-0 up in the third set, and though Chisnall hit double eight to reply it was van Barneveld who hit the same bed in the next leg to complete a superb comeback.