Chisnall loses in final for second straight week

Dave Chisnall lost out to James Wade in the final of the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg. Picture: PDC Europe
Dave Chisnall lost out to James Wade in the final of the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg. Picture: PDC Europe

Dave Chisnall was a losing finalist for the second week running in Hamburg on Sunday.

The Morecambe ace was edged out by James Wade as the left-hander took his second PDC European Tour title with a thrilling 6-5 victory in the HappyBet European Darts Matchplay.

Chisnall finished as the runner-up for a second successive weekend on the European Tour, after last Sunday’s loss in the decider to Michael van Gerwen, although the resort thrower picked up another £10,000 in prize money for his efforts.

Chisnall saw off Ron Meulenkamp and John Henderson to reach the quarter-finals, where he overcame tricky Austrian Mensur Suljovic 6-4 before seeing off Peter Wright 6-3 in the last four.

The Morecambe man said: “I can take a lot of positives from this.

“I played well all day but I started too slowly. I got back into it but missed my chance and James deserved to win.”

The opening two legs of the final were shared before Wade clinically won the next three without reply with finishes of 70, 64 and 118 to move 4-1 up.

Chisnall then took out 140, 127 and 78 - on the bull - as he won four of the next five to take the game to a decider, but he missed tops for victory to allow Wade in, and the left-hander took out 82 by hitting tops himself as he took glory.

Wade said: “It’s a lovely feeling - I don’t win often enough now so it means a lot to me when I do.

“I believe I’ve played solid darts all weekend. I rode my luck but I proved that it’s not all always about hitting big averages but hitting crucial shots at the right time. I’m very fortunate that Dave missed the double top and my one dart went in.

“That might be the most important double top I’ve ever thrown, and I believe that in the next three to four months I can be dangerous.”