Chisnall through to round two of World Grand Prix

Dave Chisnall.
Dave Chisnall.
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Dave Chisnall is through to round two of the World Grand Prix after a three-set victory over Ian White.

The number seven seed set up a clash with Wayne Jones, who knocked out 2012 finalist Mervyn King, on Thursday night at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin live on Sky Sports.

The Morecambe ace came through 2-1 against White.

Both players hit 180s as Chisnall took the opening leg, before kicking off the second with a maximum 160 and a 140 - finishing double eight to move two legs up.

White hit a 180 and finished 109 to take leg three, but Chisnall took the fourth to win the opening set.

Chisnall took advantage of two misses at tops from White to win the second set’s opener on double 15, before the Stoke ace levelled on double 16 and posted double eight to step in and win the third and the same bed to take the set 3-1.

Chisnall won a nervy opener to the deciding set on double one, after White missed five doubles.

The Morecambe man then took advantage of three more misses to move 2-0 up on double five.

Chisnall missed one-match dart at double 16 for a 106 finish as White kept his hopes alive by hitting the same bed, but Chisnall took out 67 on tops in leg four to reach the last 16 for a second successive year.

He said: “It’s good to get through that because Ian’s a good player.

“We both started well and scored well, and it came down to finishing in the end - we let each other in a couple of times.

“In the last three months I’ve practised really hard on doubles as that’s what’s been costing me matches, so it’s good to see it pay off - and anything can happen now.”

The tournament runs until Sunday.