Chisnall comes from behind to progress at World Matchplay

Dave Chisnall.
Dave Chisnall.

Dave Chisnall twice came from behind to reach round two of the BetVictor World Matchplay on Sunday night.

The Morecambe ace’s 10-8 win over Paul Nicholson was his first victory at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in his third appearance at the event.

Nicholson led 3-1 early on before Chisnall took three of the next four to level, before taking out 121 in a three-leg burst as he moved 7-5 up.

Former Players Championship Finals winner Nicholson then took three legs of his own to lead 8-7, but the game had another twist as Chisnall landed the bull to level, double nine to move 9-8 and double eight to seal a narrow victory.

Chisnall, who averaged 89.95 and hit two 180s, said: “Paul didn’t play his best game and I wasn’t at my best, and it was a game where I had to scrap.

“When I was 4-1 down I thought it was going to be like previous years here, but I dug in, pulled it out of the bag and I’m glad to get the victory.

“Now that I’ve won here, when I come back on Wednesday I hope I’ll be a bit more relaxed and able to play my best darts.”

Chisnall is next in action in Wednesday’s evening session.

It starts at 7pm and is live on Sky Sports.