Morecambe darts ace Dave Chisnall wins Players Championship 7 in Wigan

Dave Chisnall. Picture: PDC/Lawrence Lustig.
Dave Chisnall. Picture: PDC/Lawrence Lustig.
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Dave Chisnall claimed his second ProTour title of 2019 with an 8-6 defeat of Daryl Gurney in the final of Players Championship 7 in Wigan on Saturday.

The opening day of the fourth ProTour weekend of the year saw Chisnall follow up February’s Players Championship 2 triumph by landing the 14th PDC title of his career at the Robin Park Tennis Centre.

Chisnall’s day began with a 6-1 rout of Davy van Baelen, before he hit averages of 104.3, 102.7 and 108.4 to power past Ritchie Edhouse, Stephen Bunting and Rob Cross respectively to reach the quarter-finals.

There, he overcame Vincent van der Voort 6-3 to maintain his record of losing no more than three legs in a match throughout the day, before producing a magnificent 109.1 average to see off Mark McGeeney 7-2 in the semi-finals.

Chisnall continued to hit the treble 20 with incredible regularity in the final, taking the lead for the first time at the business end of the contest and seeing it out to claim the £10,000 top prize.

“I’ve been playing really well in practice and I knew I would take some beating today,” said Chisnall, who also reached the semi-finals of Players Championship 5.

“There were some great performances from me today, I didn’t bring my best game into the final but I took my chances at the crucial points.

“This could be a massive year for me, I believe I can win 15 or 16 titles. I’m playing well enough and I’ve got a great team behind me, so why not?

“My goal is to be in all the big tournaments but you’ve got to be playing well to get in them and so far this year that’s what I’m doing, now I need to keep my form going.”

An enthralling final began with Chisnall missing four darts at double, allowing Gurney to break and take a 2-0 advantage, only for Chisnall to break back and follow it up with a 13-dart hold to level at 2-2. A fantastically-timed 180 from Gurney piled the pressure on Chisnall, who missed two darts at double as Gurney stepped in to take out 60 to break and open up daylight at 5-3.

Once again, Chisnall fired back with an 11-dart break of throw, which he followed up with a 119 checkout on the bull to make it 5-5.

Gurney regained the lead at 6-5 with a 13-darter, but Chisnall replied in kind to level it up once more and make it a race to two legs for the title.

Gurney then missed seven darts at double and Chisnall punished by landing double top to lead for the first time, before holding throw to complete a perfectly-timed sprint to the finish.