Chisnall loses to Price in Germany
Dave Chisnall was denied a place in the quarter finals of the Unibet European Championship in Dortmund on Saturday after losing 10-5 to Gerwyn Price.
After opening the tie with a 180 as he broke in the opening leg, Price maintained his advantage in the early stages before pulling clear from 4-3 to lead 8-3 with the aid of checkouts of 90, 72 and 126.
Chisnall hit back to 8-5, but a 70 finish from Price moved him a leg away from the win before he took out 86 to seal his last eight spot.
“I was a bit anxious – I didn’t know how these darts were going to go,” said Price.
“I haven’t been scoring very well but I finished well.
“I changed my darts again today because I wasn’t scoring very well with the other set that I had, but to come out with a 180 was a good start and I built from there.
“I played with a lot more rhythm today, I was a lot more fluent and I’m happy with the way I played.”
Chisnall had reached the last 16 after seeing off Adrian Lewis 6-5 on Friday night.
Chisnall produced a brilliant 157 checkout in the deciding leg to move into the next round
Former champion Lewis had held a narrow 5-4 lead as a tight contest moved towards its culmination, but he crucially missed one match dart at tops in the tenth leg before Chisnall levelled and then edged the decider.
James Wade went on to claim his first televised title for almost four years by defeating Simon Whitlock 11-8 in the final.
Wade survived missed match darts in both his quarter-final win over Price and a dramatic semi-final against German favourite Max Hopp.
The left-hander then ended Whitlock’s bid to win a second European Championship title as he scooped the £100,000 top prize – just 13 days after becoming a father for the first time to son Arthur.
Whitlock also battled his way to the final in dramatic fashion, taking out 110 in the deciding leg of his last four clash with Joe Cullen after coming back from 10-7 down.
The Australian, who began the final day of action at the Westfalenhalle with a 10-7 quarter-final defeat of Steve West, opened the final strongly with six perfect darts and led 3-1 early on.
Wade hit back to lead 5-4, but there was little to separate the pair as they remained locked following 16 legs.
Wade, though, landed back-to-back 13-dart finishes to pull away to 10-8 before pinning double ten to seal glory.
The day had also seen Cullen and Hopp reach their first televised semi-finals, only to suffer narrow defeats in their bids for glory.
Cullen paid for one missed match dart in his tie with Whitlock, while Hopp – who was cheered on by over 5,000 German fans in Dortmund – saw three chances to win his semi-final with Wade go begging.