Chisnall wins first ranking title for more than 18 months

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Dave Chisnall claimed his first ranking victory in more than 18 months as he won Saturday’s Player Championship event in Barnsley.

The Morecambe ace bounced back brilliantly from a double disappointment over the past week - losing out to Joe Murnan in the final of last Sunday’s Player Championship and in the Betway Premier League semi-finals to Gary Anderson - by scooping the £10,000 first prize with a 6-1 over nine-dart star Ian White.

Chisnall’s route to the final saw him record 6-5 victories over Joey Tien Berge and Steve Hine 6-5 in the opening two rounds, and then he went on to see off Andy Hamilton 6-3 in reaching the last 16, where he overcame David Pallett for the loss of just one leg.

In the quarter-finals, Chisnall ended the hopes of in-form Ronnie Baxter - who had already knocked out Phil Taylor and Michael Smith - by averaging 101.39 in his 6-3 victory, and he then went on to defeat Nigel Heydon 6-4 to book his place in the final.

White’s route to the final saw the number eight seed hit a perfect nine darts in hs 6-3 semi-final victory over Jamie Lewis, while he also overcame Stephen Bunting 6-3 in the quarter-finals and whitewashed Kyle Anderson in the fourth round.

However, White’s day would end in defeat as Chisnall took the final’s opening five legs in commanding fashion, before completing victory by dropping only one leg with an average of 102.15.

In Sunday’s second event of the weekend in Barnsley, Chisnall reached the third round before a 6-3 defeat to Andy Jenkins in a tournament won by Peter Wright.