Dave Chisnall exits Premier League with defeat to Peter Wright

Dave Chisnall rues a missed chance against Peter Wright. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall rues a missed chance against Peter Wright. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
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Dave Chisnall accepted he deserved to be knocked out of the Premier League Darts after being eliminated on Judgement Night in Cardiff.

The Morecambe ace and debutant Michael Smith were the two men to exit the competition as Robert Thornton completed his great escape on Thursday.

Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright shake hands after the latter's victory in Cardiff. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright shake hands after the latter's victory in Cardiff. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Chisnall lost 7-5 to Peter Wright while Smith lost to Phil Taylor by the same scoreline leaving Thornton free from pressure in his 7-4 reverse against Adrian Lewis.

The Scot had picked up just one point from his opening six matches, but after picking up a win and a draw to move off the foot of the table a week earlier he now progresses to the closing weeks of the competition.

Chisnall never recovered from seeing Wright take an early 3-1 advantage in their clash, and though he took out 101 and 102 to stay in the hunt was unable to prevent the world number five claiming victory with a 13-darter in the game's deciding leg.

The resort thrower had picked up three points in the opening three weeks, but suffered six straight defeats from there as he followed up last year's run to the semi-finals with elimination this time around.

Chisnall said: “I gave it my best but I didn't get the win, the best player won and I deserved to get knocked out.

"I've had chances for draws this season which I've not taken and I've got to learn from it.

"It's very competitive and this year I've tried my best but it's not worked out for me. It's frustrating but I wasn't good enough and I'll work on it."

The night in Cardiff - held in front of a sell-out 4,000 crowd - saw the two other matches end in a draw as reigning champion Gary Anderson shared the spoils with James Wade before Dutch rivals Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen had to settle for a point apiece.

The eight remaining players in the Betway Premier League will face each other once more during the remaining six league nights before the top two players progress to the play-offs on May 19.