Chisnall set for crunch Newton clash

Dave Chisnall and Wes Newton. Picture: Lawrence Lustig.
Dave Chisnall and Wes Newton. Picture: Lawrence Lustig.

Dave Chisnall faces a make or break clash with Wes Newton in the latest round of the Betway Premier League Darts in Cardiff on Thursday night.

Friendships will be put aside as the pair look to survive elimination on the competition’s Judgement night live on Sky Sports.

The pair, along with Robert Thornton, are tied on six points and in contention to join the already knocked out Simon Whitlock in the bottom two at the half-way stage.

Chisnall knows a draw or victory against Newton will ensure safety but if the Morecambe ace loses to the Fleetwood thrower he is reliant on Thornton losing by a big enough margin to beat the drop on leg difference.

Chisnall said: “Last week in Dublin, I went off around the shops with Wes on the Thursday so I don’t know what I’ll do this week, because I’m playing him!

“I love it that it’s between us and I’ll be going out to win it, but hopefully I can hit my doubles like I did in Dublin and I’ll be okay.”

The resort’s World Grand Prix finalist has enjoyed his debut season in the lucrative Premier League.

He said: “I’m loving it and even when I’ve not got the results, I’ve still enjoyed the crowds and the rest of the experience.

“I’ve been trying to take it one game at a time, and I felt good last week.

“I wanted to get a point in Dublin so that at least I could take it to the last game against Wes.”

Newton said: “I’m really good friends with Dave.

“We live quite near to each other and we’ve travelled together for the past eight weeks so it’s going to be a hard game for us both, but at the end of the day you’ve got to get on stage and want to win.

“It’s an individual sport and the rewards are there, so I’ve got to forget the friendship and get my head down and try and get the two points.

“I’ll give it my all because I want to stay in the Premier League as much as anybody. We’ve played lots of times before and it’s difficult but you have to put your friendship aside.

“It could be worse - boxers fight their friends and have to knock them out! We’re just playing a game of darts, and we’ll shake hands afterwards.”

Former UK Open champion Thornton, meanwhile, takes on resurgent six-time Premier League Darts winner Taylor in the final game on Judgement Night as he also bids to survive into the second half of the season.

He said: “I probably should have been safe by now as I’ve ended up drawing from winning positions a couple of times - but it’s still in my own hands and I think most players would’ve taken that due to the quality of the field.

“Phil has been playing well lately but I know I can beat him if I play my best game, because I’ve done it before.

“It may turn out that I don’t need to, but whatever the situation is when I get on stage I will treat the match like any other - as a game of darts that I want to win.”

Elsewhere reigning champion Michael van Gerwen takes on Whitlock as he bids to maintain his status as the league leader going into the second half of the season, third plays fourth in the league table as Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis meet, while the night’s other game sees second-placed Peter Wright face fellow Scot Gary Anderson.