Dave Chisnall said losing to Phil Taylor in the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix darts final was “the best night and the worst night of my career”.
The Morecambe man’s thrilling run to the final of the televised Sky Sports event ended in a crushing 6-0 defeat at the hands of the reigning champion.
Taylor was just too good as ‘Chizzy’ struggled to make an impact in his first appearance in a televised PDC final, winning only two legs in the entire match.
The 16-times world champion romped through the first three sets with legs of 14, 14, 15 and 13 darts and even when Dave won two legs in set six, Taylor’s 164 finish rounded off an imperious display.
Afterwards Chisnall said: “I wasn’t nervous, but the darts just weren’t going in and I was trying too hard. I’m proud of what I’ve done this week but I’ll sleep on this and probably wake up in the morning really gutted. It’s been a hard week because every player I’ve played has been really good, but tonight there was nothing there. It wasn’t my night and nothing went for me. He didn’t give me any chance and didn’t seem to miss. I’d leave a double and he checks out, like the 164.
“I probably gave him too much respect in the practice room, and I wish I could play the game again. I’ll learn from it but Phil was just too good, he played brilliantly.”
Taylor said: “Dave’s got great ability but he had a bad night at the office, and maybe the double-start format doesn’t quite suit his game. He didn’t quite click tonight, and I think it would have been a cracking game if he had clicked. He’ll be back and he’s got plenty more tournaments in him - he’ll be winning tournaments when I’m gone.”
Consolation for Dave was the runners-up prize of £40,000 and precious world ranking points which could see him nab a spot in the lucrative 2014 Premier League.
The world number seven also claimed the scalp of Michael van Gerwen in a pulsating quarter-final, described as the finest performance of his career.
‘Chizzy’ notched 10 180s and held off a fight back from the world number two to win 3-2 on Friday night. He then eased past Justin Pipe 5-2 in the semi-final. Earlier in the week at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, Chisnall ousted Ian White 2-1 and Wayne Jones 3-1 in the first and second rounds respectively.