Deadly Dave Chisnall took a massive step towards cementing a play-off place in the Betway Premier League darts tournament in Sheffield on Thursday.
The St Helens ace - one of four players featuring twice on the night - stormed to a 7-3 victory over world champion Gary Anderson, and then crushed James Wade 7-1 with a 114.17 average (his highest-ever in a TV game).
His double earned Chisnall four league points to strengthen his position in second place in the league table - and crucially give him an eight-point cushion over his rivals battling for a play-pff place.
“It’s nice to get two wins because it was always going to be hard,” said Chisnall. “I felt comfortable throughout the night and I got a
great start by defeating Gary.
“It was always going to be a confidence boost beating the world champion and I just wanted to take the same game up on stage against
James, which I did.
“I’ve done my job by winning two out of two, and I played well - importantly I finished well tonight. I felt good up on stage but I’ve put a lot of practice in and it’s all working out. This time last year I was on seven points, so it’s a big improvement to be up to 17 already!”
Chisnall now sits just one point behind the unbeaten league leader van Gerwen, who edged out fellow St Helens star Stephen Bunting 7-5.
Bunting hit back from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 and 5-4, but he paid for missing a dart at the bull to claim a point in leg 10 when van Gerwen levelled on double nine, hit two 180s to break throw with a 12-darter and then took out 70 for the win.
Bunting will feature twice in tomorrow’s next phase which will be staged in Aberdeen.
He faces 16-times world champion Phil Taylor and two-times world champion Adrian Lewis, while Chizzy also takes on Taylor.
WARRINGTON Wolves’ 80-nil demolition of struggling Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Saturday brought back memories of a similar scoreline almost 20 years earlier when the Wire themselves were on the receiving end of a mother and father of a hiding.
The date: January 4, 1996. The venue: Knowsley Road. The scoreline: Saints 80 Warrington Wolves 0.
And no doubt Saints’ current head coach Keiron Cuningham also recalls the match vividly - a Regal Trophy semi-final showdown - and his
contribution as a 19-year-old at the time.
Andy Northey led the way that night with a hat-trick and other Saints’ tries came from Danny Arnold (2), Apollo Perelini (2), Simon Booth (2), Scott Gibbs, Steve Prescott, Karl Hammond, Ian Pickervance, and Dean Busby.
Skipper Bobbie Goulding also landed 12 goals.
TICKET sales for First Utility Super League’s two-day spectacular, Magic Weekend, have passed the 30,000 barrier as fans look to make the event at St James’ Park, Newcastle, on May 30 and 31 the best one yet.
That’s great news for the sport and is adminstrators who took a calculated gamble in moving the event to the North East and hopefully
it will pay handsome dividends.
With the high demand for tickets, a new accommodation portal has been created for fans searching for discount hotels and places to stay in and around the North East, including the official Magic Weekend campsite at Newcastle Racecourse http://www.nirvanaeurope.com/
Tickets for the Magic Weekend are on sale from the 12 First Utility Super League clubs or can be purchased by calling the Rugby League
Ticket Hotline on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk