Chisnall back to winning ways with Lewis victory

Dave Chisnall.
Dave Chisnall.
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  • Dave Chisnall bounces back from two defeats
  • Victory leaves Lewis in battle to beat the drop
  • Morecambe ace faces Phil Taylor in Manchester next week

Dave Chisnall got back to winning ways in the Betway Premier League with a 7-2 win over Adrian Lewis in Dublin.

Morecambe’s 2014 Grand Slam of Darts finalist averaged just over 100 and finished half of his 14 darts at a double on Thursday night.

Chisnall said: “I’m happy with that.

“Adrian wasn’t at his best and he missed a few doubles, but I capitalised on that - sometimes you need a bit of luck and timing, and today I had both of those.

“I’ve not played my best darts in the last couple of weeks but I put it right this week. I was confident that I could get the win and I managed to get the victory.

“I’ve done everything right in preparation and it paid off because once I got into the lead I didn’t look back, and I can’t wait for Manchester next week now.”

Lewis said: “I didn’t happen for me tonight.

“Double top let me down on a few occasions and double five pulled me out of the bag a couple of times, and it’s difficult to deal with.”

Elsewhere in Dublin league leader Michael van Gerwen stayed unbeaten with a 7-2 win in his all-Dutch clash with Raymond van Barneveld.

The defeat means that van Barneveld remains in the thick of an intriguing battle to avoid elimination, with the bottom two players in the league table following next week’s Judgment Night in Manchester exiting the tournament.

Kim Huybrechts remains two points adrift of van Barneveld and Lewis at the foot of the table after he lost out 7-4 to Phil Taylor.

Peter Wright and Stephen Bunting sit only a point above van Barneveld and Lewis and remain under pressure going into Judgement Night following their defeats in Dublin.

Wright went down 7-3 to James Wade while Bunting lost 7-4 to Gary Anderson.

Chisnall next faces Taylor at the Manchester Arena well clear of the battle to beat the drop.