Dave Chisnall plunged to the bottom of the 2017 Betway Premier Darts League table for the second time last night (Thursday), suffering a 7-3 defeat against fellow struggler Jelle Klaasen in Brighton.
The St Helens ace never came to terms with his Dutch opponent who claimed his first win of the competition in round four following a fine display in which he averaged almost 99, hitting four 180s and finishing seven doubles from 15 attempts.
Klaasen opened the first two legs with maximums, while he followed an 85 finish with a 72 checkout to lead 2-1 before Chisnall took out 86 to respond in leg four.
The Dutchman, though, capitalised in leg five before taking out tops, a brilliant 152 finish and another 85 checkout for a 6-2 cushion, and though Chisnall responded briefly with tops, Klaasen sealed the win by taking out 72.
“I’m happy with the win and I feel good,” said Klaasen, who moves above Chisnall on leg difference with five games remaining before the bottom two players are eliminated on Judgement Night.
He added: “In the first three weeks I didn’t play badly but I missed a few chances.
“I’ve since been practised a lot on my doubles - I’ve tried to go more for tops and double 16 - and it worked today.
“It’s good to get away from zero points. I’m still not where I want to be, and on stage I still need to get some more confidence and I have to play a lot better to stay in the league.
“Tonight that worked out, and before the game I knew that I had to take something from this match. I’ve got two points and I’m feeling good, and I want to stay in the top eight and then try to qualify for the semi-finals.”
The Betway Premier League continues at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter next Thursday.