Van Gerwen storms past Chisnall on way to European title

Dave Chisnall in action against Michael van Gerwen. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall in action against Michael van Gerwen. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
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Dave Chisnall was blown away by Michael van Gerwen as the Dutchman powered to the 888.com European Championship title in Germany.

Van Gerwen hit top gear in their quarter-final clash on Sunday afternoon, posting a 111 average in the 10-5 win at the at the RWE Sporthalle in Mulheim.

Chisnall played his part in a thriller, hitting five doubles from eight attempts and six 180s as he averaged over 100 in reply, but after van Gerwen created an early 3-1 lead the Dutchman never relinquished the advantage.

Van Gerwen pushed out to 6-2 up as he maintained a 111 average throughout the full match, with Chisnall hitting back to 6-5 as he took out 121 on the bull in a run of three successive legs only to see the world number one show his class with three 180s in the 
final four legs.

The Morecambe ace said: “I thought I played really well there, but Michael showed why he’s the World Champion.

“I missed a couple of doubles and he punished me, and the better man won.”

Chisnall, the number eight seed, had earlier edged out Ian White 10-9 in a thriller in round two after beating Jyhan Artut 6-4 in the opening round.

Van Gerwen went on to take the title with an 11-4 win over Terry Jenkins in the final having hit an historic nine-dart finish over Raymond van Barneveld in the semi-final.

Chisnall now moves onto the Unibet Masters in Edinburgh this weekend.

The Morecambe ace will take on home favourite Robert Thornton in the opening round on Saturday, November 1, at the Royal Highland Centre.

The second staging of the £160,000 tournament will see the world’s top 16 players do battle across two days live on ITV4.