Chizzy misses out in final

Morecambe darts ace Dave Chisnall, right, with former England international Michael Owen. Chisnall and other darts stars visited Owen's new club Stoke City before the Staffordshire Classic on Friday night.
Morecambe darts ace Dave Chisnall, right, with former England international Michael Owen. Chisnall and other darts stars visited Owen's new club Stoke City before the Staffordshire Classic on Friday night.

Dave Chisnall made an impressive debut at the Championship League Darts last week.

The Morecambe ace lost 6-5 to Ronnie Baxter in Thursday’s Group Three final hitting an incredible 42 maximums on the day at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex.

Chisnall made a good start to the final by breaking his opponent’s throw in the first leg only for Baxter to hit back and win the next two and lead 2-1.

Chizzy, who defeated Baxter 6-4 in the league phase, then hit a 92 finish comprising of single 20, double 18, double 18 to win the fourth leg, and he hit the same double to convert a 96 checkout to lead 3-2.

He then produced a fantastic 170 checkout to move 4-2 ahead before Baxter won his first leg in four by taking out a 107 finish.

Baxter then levelled the game by hitting a pressure double nine with his third, dart but Chisnall moved one leg away from victory by taking out 57 in two darts.

However, Baxter produced an excellent 14-darter to force a deciding leg, which he won by hitting double five for the victory.

Baxter, who reached the semi-finals of the Betfair World Matchplay in July, takes his place in the Winners Group on November 1 alongside Wes Newton and Justin Pipe, who triumphed in Groups One and Two earlier this week.

Chisnall defeated World Champion Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson on his way to finishing third in the league table, before defeating Simon Whitlock in the semi-finals with a fine 6-2 victory.

He will return to Championship League Darts action next month to compete in Group Four alongside Walsh, Whitlock and Taylor, who had to settle for fifth place having lost four of his seven league matches during the course of the day.

Terry Jenkins will also return to the Crondon Park Golf Club next month after a 6-4 victory over Gary Anderson in his final league match confirmed his status and eliminated the Scotsman in the process.

Group Four of Championship League Darts will take place on October 16 following the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix, when last year’s runner-up Paul Nicholson enters the fray along with Dutchman Vincent van der Voort and Mervyn King, another former finalist in the £200,000 tournament.

*The following day, Friday, Chisnall won the Staffordshire Classic exhibition tournament at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke.

He had earlier paid a visit to Stoke City FC with sponsor Target Darts and given Premier League stars Peter Crouch and Michael Owen some tips on refining their form on the oche.