Chisnall produces fine comeback to draw with Wright

Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
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Dave Chisnall produced a fine comeback to remain undefeated in the Betway Premier League Darts in Bournemouth on Thursday night.

Morecambe’s world number five came from 5-1 down to draw 6-6 all with Peter Wright in week two of the competition at the BIC live on Sky Sports.

Dave Chisnall on his way to victory over Peter Wright in Bournemouth. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Dave Chisnall on his way to victory over Peter Wright in Bournemouth. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Chisnall, who beat Robert Thornton in week one in Liverpool, said: “At 5-1 down I just told myself to relax and throw my darts because I wasn’t really expecting to get back into the game, but this showed that things can change very quickly and that you’ve got to hang in there.

“When Peter got the leg to go 6-4 I thought the game might have gone at the end, but I managed to cling on and that could be a big point for me.”

Staring defeat in the face at 5-1 Chisnall hit four 180s in a three-leg burst to kick-start his challenge as he pulled back to claim a share of the points.

Chisnall started poorly however missing six darts to win the opening leg before Wright returned on double one to break throw.

The next three legs went with the throw before Chisnall missed three darts at tops allowing the World Championship finalist to again take out double one and break for 4-1.

Both men shared legs for 5-2 before Chisnall opened with a 180 in the eighth to set up his first break initially missing five darts at double 18 and nine only to return to punish four misses from Wright by pinning double nine to reduce the gap to two legs.

Two further 180s then set up a nine-darter for the Morecambe ace, and though he missed out on a perfect leg, he finished 82 on double 16 for an 11-darter to reduce the deficit to one.

Another 180 in leg 10 saw Chisnall continue his momentum but Wright recovered to extend his lead to 6-4 and guarantee himself a point.

Chisnall then hit a 174 and finished 56 on double ten to keep his hopes of grabbing a draw alive which he then sealed against the throw to complete an unlikely comeback.

Elsewhere, Wes Newton beat Raymond van Barneveld 7-5. Gary Anderson saw off Simon Whitlock 7-2. Phil Taylor crashed 7-3 to Adrian Lewis and Michael van Gerwen beat Robert Thornton 7-5.

The Betway Premier League Darts continues next Thursday with the season’s third league night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, where Chisnall has the unenviable task of taking on reigning World and Premier League champion van Gerwen.