Chisnall’s Premier League dream ends in semi-final heartbreak

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Ian Horrocks/PDC
Dave Chisnall. Picture: Ian Horrocks/PDC
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Dave Chisnall’s bid for Premier League glory ended in semi-final heartbreak with a final-leg defeat to eventual champion Gary Anderson.

The Morecambe ace missed three match darts with Anderson then taking out a brilliant 116 checkout to seal a dramatic 10-9 win at The O2 in London on Thursday night.

The world champion then picked up the £200,000 winner’s cheque with a clinical 11-7 triumph over Michael van Gerwen in the final as 16 weeks of action came to an end.

Chisnall said: “I’m proud of my season but I’m so disappointed to lose in the semis.

“I should have won but that’s how it goes.

“I thought that the last three darts at doubles were going to go in and they didn’t, and Gary’s 116 was brilliant.

There was probably a little bit of pressure on my at the end there and I’m not used to that, but Gary is and that’s why he’s world champion

Dave Chisnall

“I didn’t think he was going to hit it, but fair play to him.

“There was probably a little bit of pressure on my at the end there and I’m not used to that, but Gary is and that’s why he’s world champion.

“It’s great experience and I’m happy with how I played all season.

“I know what I can do, and it’s just about doing it - and tonight I think I was unlucky but I’ll move on from here.”

Anderson knew he had survived a real scare in the semi-final as he recaptured the title he previously won in 2011 with two gritty, dramatic performances in front of 11,000 fans.

The Scot said: “Dave’s had a fantastic season and has been the best player in the league alongside Michael van Gerwen.

“The 116 was a big shot to hit to win that semi-final. Chizzy had those three darts at 32 and missed and I took out the 116.

“It’s usually me who misses the darts at a double and someone takes out a big shot to beat me but I’m taking my chances now, and it was the same in the final.

“It’s a tough season and the standard now is amazing; it’s so hard nowadays, so it’s special to win this.”

The pair shared the opening six legs in their semi-final clash before Chisnall - aided by a 152 checkout for a 12-darter, a 14-darter to break throw and a 13-dart leg - moved 6-3 up in the blink of an eye.

He also held a 7-4 advantage before Anderson hit back-to-back 14-darters in a three-leg burst of his own to level - only to then miss tops to break throw as Chisnall edged back ahead at 8-7.

Anderson finished tops to level before the duo traded 68 checkouts to send the game into a deciding leg, with Chisnall opening with a 180 only to miss three match darts at double 16, eight and four to allow the Scot in for a 116 checkout as he sneaked the victory.

The second semi-final was equally dramatic as van Gerwen ended Raymond van Barneveld’s proud defence of the title with a 10-8 triumph in a repeat of the 2014 final.

It was to be Anderson’s night however as he added to his increasingly impressive trophy haul.