Chisnall comes out on top in Barnsley

Dave Chisnall.
Dave Chisnall.

Dave Chisnall claimed his third PDC ProTour victory of 2013 after defeating Robert Thornton 6-3 in Saturday’s Players Championship at the Barnsley Metrodome.

The Morecambe ace began with wins over Martyn Turner and John Bowles before coming from 5-4 down to edge out in Vincent van der Voort in their last 32 clash.

Chisnall defeated Brandon Walsh before overcoming Michael Smith 6-3 to reach the semi-finals where he defied a 111 average to overhaul Peter Wright 6-4, winning six of the last seven legs.

The world number seven fell 2-1 down to Thornton in the early stages of the decider, the Scot twice hitting tops to break, before putting together a run of three straight legs to hold a 4-2 advantage.

Chisnall took out a 100 finish for an 11-dart leg for a 5-2 lead before Thornton landed double four to keep the game alive with a 13-darter, but the Morecambe star sealed his win by landing double 18 to take away the winner’s prize of £10,000.

In the second of the weekend’s double header in Barnsley on Sunday Chisnall was knocked out 6-4 in round two by John Henderson.

Northern Irishman Brendan Dolan was the eventual winner with a 6-1 victory over Jamie Robinson in the final.

Chisnall now moves onto the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals, the £250,000 event starting this Friday, November 29.

The ITV4-televised event at the Butlins Minehead Resort involves the top 32 players from the year’s final ProTour Order of Merit.

The Morecambe ace’s triumph in Barnsley means he is seeded number two having won £68,400 in the ProTour events this season.

He takes on Dutchman Jelle Klaasen in round one.