Dave Chisnall stunned darts’ greatest ever player Phil Taylor as he reached the last four of the Singapore Darts Masters.
The Morecambe ace caused a sensation on the opening day of the World Series of Darts event on Friday as he beat ‘The Power’ 10-6 in the quarter-final.
He then went on to lose 11-6 to Simon Whitlock in the semi-finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, with Michael van Gerwen taking the inaugural title with an 11-8 victory over the Australian star in the final.
As for Friday’s last eight encounter, Taylor had travelled to Singapore on the back of claiming a record seventh successive World Matchplay title last month, but paid for missed doubles.
Chisnall led 2-0 and 4-2 early on, before Taylor capitalised on a string of misses from the world number eight as he cut the gap to 4-3.
The roles were reversed, though, in the next two legs as Chisnall finished 82 and 76 on tops to take advantage of misses from Taylor, and he also won the next three legs to move 9-3 up.
Taylor, staring defeat in the face, hit back with legs of 14, 13 and 14 darts to reduce the gap to 9-6 and threaten a fightback as Chisnall began to wobble.
Taylor also landed a 180, his fourth, in the game’s 16th leg, but missed two further darts at doubles to allow Chisnall in to take out 112 on tops to complete a memorable win.
Chisnall said: “I started quite well. My scoring was good at the beginning and I was hitting my finishes well.
“My finishing was my strong point but I scored quite well and that gave me the chances. When I went 9-3 up I just froze and thought ‘I’m going to win this’.
“I had six legs to win one and so I was thinking that it didn’t matter how I play, I’ll win one. Phil gave me the shot at 112 at the end and I took it.”
The World Series of Darts treble-header will continue next week, with the PDC’s stars heading to Australia for back-to-back events in Perth and Sydney.
The Perth Darts Masters is at the Challenge Stadium from August 22 to 24, with the Sydney Darts Masters then taking place from August 28 to 30.