Chisnall’s shock exit at World Championships

Dave Chisnall reflects on a missed chance. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall reflects on a missed chance. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
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Dave Chisnall was dumped out of the World Darts Championship by Dutch debutant Benito van de Pas on Saturday night.

Morecambe’s number eight seed was a big favourite in the second round clash at the Alexandra Palace but found the 21-year-old in fine form as he ran out a 4-2 winner.

Van de Pas, who beat Paul Nicholson in round one, produced an even bigger upset as he twice came from behind to send Chisnall packing.

The Dutchman finished behind Chisnall in almost all of the post-match statistics, but when it mattered he produced the goods to move into the last 16.

A 91.44 average for van de Pas was below Chisnall’s 93.08, and with four 180s he was also one worse off than his opponent, but finishes such as his best of 127 helped him book a third round clash with Robert Thornton on Monday.

Chisnall swept the first three legs in style with a 12-darter capped by a 72 finish on the bull the highlight in the second leg.

Van de Pas responded by edging the next 3-2 after Chisnall missed double 18 for the set, but the Morecambe ace again claimed a 3-0 set with a 12-darter and back-to-back 180s to move back ahead at 2-1.

A 127 finish gave van de Pas the advantage in the fourth, and he added a 180 and 74 finish and a double 15 to level the match again.

When van de Pas hit double nine at the start of the fifth set he led for the very first time in the match, and he made it count with a 96 finish in the next and then claimed the set despite a 114 checkout from Chisnall.

Chisnall found another purple patch at the start of the sixth set, with a 180 and a break of throw helping him into a 2-0 lead, but after missing the bull for the set van de Pas swooped to hit tops to hit back.

The Dutchman then took out 77 for a break to level the set, and when throwing for the match he made no mistake by hitting double eight on his third attempt for a famous win.