Dave Chisnall’s unbeaten start to the Betway Premier League Darts season ended with a 7-3 defeat to Stephen Bunting on Thursday night.
The Morecambe ace started the night at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham top of the table but was below par against a man who had also beaten him in the UK Open on Saturday.
A maximum from Chisnall wasn’t enough to prevent Bunting from taking the opening leg with a 112 checkout, the St Helens ace then going 2-0 up with a break of throw.
Chisnall got on the board at 2-1 after Bunting missed four darts at double top and ten.
It was then the Morecambe man’s turn to miss two darts to level the game as Bunting broke on double eight for 3-1 before holding throw to extend his lead further.
Chisnall wasn’t done though and hit scores of 140, 140 and 180 before finishing on double 16 for an 11-darter to make it 4-2.
As both players improved Bunting hit a stunning 164 checkout to regain his advantage before Chisnall opened leg eight with his third 180 to help reduce the arrears to 5-3.
That was as good as it got for Chisnall however with Bunting ensuring a draw at 6-3 before matching Chisnall’s 180 in leg 10 before firing in double 16 to record a 7-3 victory.
Michael van Gerwen moved to the top of the table at Chisnall’s expense with a 7-3 win over Phil Taylor.
World Champion Gary Anderson jumped up to third place as he bounced back from last week’s defeat to Chisnall by averaging 108.98 in a 7-1 romp against Adrian Lewis.
Peter Wright moved off the bottom of the league table with a narrow 7-5 win over Kim Huybrechts in a tight contest with reigning Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld level with Huybrechts in the league table’s bottom two places after he went down 7-3 to James Wade.
The Betway Premier League continues next Thursday at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow where Chisnall meets van Gerwen in a top of the table clash.