Van Gerwen ends Chisnall's Dublin run

Dave Chisnall's fine run at the Unibet World Grand Prix final was ended by world number one Michael van Gerwen on Friday night.

Friday, 7th October 2016, 10:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:17 pm
Dave Chisnall in action against Michael van Gerwen on Friday night. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Two-time former winner van Gerwen continued his bid to win back the title with a 4-2 comeback win in a thrilling last four contest at Dublin's Citywest Hotel.

In an explosive opening to a high-quality semi-final, van Gerwen took the first set 3-1 with the aid of checkouts of 106 and 101 as Chisnall landed a 10-dart finish in reply.

Morecambe’s 2013 finalist then took the next two sets by a 3-1 scoreline to move ahead in the contest, only to see van Gerwen fire in a 10-dart finish of his own in the fourth set's decider to draw level.

The Dutchman then took the fifth set without reply to resume command, and came from 2-0 down in the sixth to claim his spot in a fourth Dublin final in five years.

"Dave's a fantastic guy and it was a pleasure to play in an amazing game like this," said van Gerwen, who averaged an impressive 99 in the double-start format.

"Dave played a fantastic game and I had to fight. He made it really difficult - you feel the pressure if someone plays like that against you, but I played a good game and I'm really happy.”

Van Gerwen will take on Gary Anderson for the £100,000 first prize on Saturday night after the Scot overcame Raymond van Barneveld 4-1 in the other semi-final.