MORECAMBE-BASED darts ace Dave Chisnall secured a memorable double winning both Players Championship events in Crawley last weekend.
Chisnall joined an elite band of players to win back-to-back PDC ProTour events over a weekend after he followed a 6-2 win over Ian White in Saturday’s final with a 6-4 come-from-behind win against Justin Pipe at the K2 Centre on Sunday.
Despite hitting finishes of 157 and 110, Chisnall found himself 4-2 down against Pipe, but the game turned in a key seventh leg, as Pipe missed three darts at double eight to move three legs clear.
Chisnall stepped in to hit the same bed to take the leg, punished three further misses from Pipe to level and then hit back-to-back 12-darters to claim victory.
“It’s a great achievement and I’m very proud,” said Chisnall. “It feels fantastic and it means a lot to me.
“I’ve been putting in a lot of practice and that’s paying off.
“Justin’s a tough player and he played really well in the final, but when he missed those doubles I knew it was my chance.
“I was never worried, I just knew I had to keep hitting the trebles and I’d get a chance.
“I always knew I could do well in ProTours but this weekend has shown that.
“I’d love to go on and win the UK Open now in Bolton in a couple of weeks.”
Chisnall had also come from behind in his win over Co Stompe earlier in the day, and defeated Terry Temple, Peter Wright, Kim Huybrechts and Keegan Brown in the event as he took his weekend’s prize money to £12,000.
It was his third triumph in Crawley, having also defeated Pipe in the final to claim his maiden Players Championship last November, while the win was also his third of 2012 as he moved up to 22nd in the PDC Order of Merit.
On the way to beating White on Saturday, Chisnall defeated Arron Monk, Mark Hylton and Darren Webster in the early rounds before enjoying a 6-3 victory over Raymond van Barneveld in the quarter-finals.
Chisnall then saw off Terry Jenkins 6-2 in the semi-finals – sealing victory with a 121 finish.
In the final, he threatened a whitewash with a blistering start as he won the final’s opening five legs without reply without White having a dart at a double, setting the tone with a 180 to set up a 14-darter in the opening leg.
He then hit scores of 134, 121 and 134 before finishing 112 on double 18 to win the second leg in 12 darts, and added legs of 13 and 14 darts to move 4-0 up.
A 174 left him 32 in the fifth, with double eight for another 14-darter moving Chisnall to the brink of victory.
He would miss one dart at a double to win the game in each of the next two legs as White rallied, hitting a 180 and tops for a 78 finish in leg six and a 14-darter in the seventh to threaten a comeback.
Chisnall, though, proved too consistent in the eighth, initially missing the bull for a 124 finish before returning to punish White’s five missed doubles by landing double eight for the triumph.
Chisnall now moves onto the UK Open Darts in Bolton, starting on Thursday, June 7.