Chisnall joins van Gerwen at top of Premier League after stunning Huybrechts win

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
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  • Morecambe ace makes it three wins out of four and stays unbeaten
  • Both players hit 107 averages
  • World Champion Anderson next up for Chisnall in Exeter

Dave Chisnall joined Michael van Gerwen at the top of the Betway Premier League Darts table with a brilliant 7-4 win over Kim Huybrechts in Belfast on Thursday.

Chisnall maintained his unbeaten start to the season with a sensational display as he matched Huybrechts’ 107 average but produced the key finishes at the vital time.

After Huybrechts won the opener, Chisnall landed seven perfect darts - including two 180s - as he levelled before adding another maximum as he finished 90 on the bull to break, and a double top finish moved him 3-1 up.

Huybrechts won two of the next three to cut the gap only for an 11-darter to edge Chisnall 5-3 up - but the Belgian then almost produced a moment of history in the ninth leg, missing double 12 for a nine-darter.

He returned to finish double four to cut the gap to 5-4, but Chisnall landed scores of 180 and 174 as he denied his rival the chance to level with a 13-darter before sealing an impressive win with a sixth maximum in an 11-dart finish.

The Morecambe ace said: “I’m really happy with that.

“I played well there, that’s probably the best I’ve ever played in the Premier League and we both performed tonight.

“In the last few weeks I’ve not been hitting the treble 20s but I’ve been finishing well, and it all combined tonight.

“I’m happy to still be unbeaten and it would have been great for everyone watching.”

Van Gerwen also sits on seven points in the league table after he maintained his unbeaten start to the season as he battled back from 5-2 down to draw 6-6 with Adrian Lewis.

That’s probably the best I’ve ever played in the Premier League

World Champion Gary Anderson sits third in the league table after picking up his third victory of the season with a 7-4 comeback win over James Wade in a battle of former Premier League champions.

Phil Taylor sits in fourth place on five points after he drew with Peter Wright, who took out a 14-dart finish in the deciding leg of their contest to claim his second point of the season.

The night’s other game saw reigning champion Raymond van Barneveld claim a 7-4 win over Stephen Bunting.

The Betway Premier League season continues next week at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter, with the games including Chisnall taking on Anderson.