Van Gerwen too strong for Chisnall

Dave Chisnall.
Dave Chisnall.
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Dave Chisnall exited the BetVictor World Matchplay darts at the quarter-final stage on Friday night.

The Morecambe ace fell 16-11 to world number two Michael van Gerwen despite hitting 10 180s of his own at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

The Dutchman meanwhile, hit 14 maximums and averaged 102.29 in a superb victory.

Chisnall had won through to his first World Matchplay quarter-final with wins over Paul Nicholson and Jamie Caven, but admitted: “I think I played quite well, but I let Michael in too much.

“I could have gone 7-3 up but I missed doubles and all of a sudden it was five-all, and that starts to play on your mind a bit. I gave him loads of chances and you can’t afford to do that.

“I’m happy with reaching the quarter-finals and my last two games were really good. I feel confident, I’m happy with my form and hopefully I can take that into the rest of the year.”

The pair kicked off the match in superb form, as van Gerwen took out 105 and legs of 14 and 13 darts in holding a 3-2 lead before Chisnall took the next three, hitting 180s in legs of 11 and 13 darts as he broke before finishing 112 to move 5-3 up.

However, Chisnall would miss doubles in the next two legs as van Gerwen finished 110 and double eight to level, before taking out 75 to put himself back in front at 6-5.

Chisnall levelled, but van Gerwen took four of the next five legs as he moved into a 10-7 lead in the game, hitting a 12-darter, three more 180s and a 171 score in the run.

Chisnall stemmed the tide before taking out a brilliant 144 checkout as he hit back to 11-9, only for van Gerwen to find an extra gear at the right time - with back-to-back 11-darters pulling him clear and also seeing him set up a possible nine-darter.

Van Gerwen added another 180 in a 12-darter to lead 14-9, and after Chisnall replied with his ninth maximum the Dutchman finished double eight to move a leg away from victory.

Chisnall kept his hopes alive with a superb 11-darter and hit another maximum in the next leg, but crucially missed double top and van Gerwen stepped in to secure his semi-final place on double ten.

Van Gerwen lost out to Adrian Lewis in Saturday’s semi-final before Phil Taylor claimed his 14th World Matchplay title with an 18-13 victory over the latter on Sunday night.