Chizzy Rascal’s jet-setting lifestyle

Dave Chisnall makes his entrance in Leeds
Dave Chisnall makes his entrance in Leeds

Dave Chisnall is set to jet around the world playing the sport he loves.

The St Helens ace is one of eight elite darts players who have been invited to take part in a series of Masters competitions in Dubai (May 26), Auckland (June 17), Shanghai (June 25), Tokyo (July 6), Sydney (August 19), Perth (August 25) and finishing in Glasgow on November 5.

Chisnall will be joined by five world champions - Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen - as well as Peter Wright and James Wade.

Barry Hearn, chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation, said: ''The World Series of Darts not only gives players around the world a chance to compete with the eight greatest stars ever to play our sport but also allows fans to see their heroes in action.''

Meanwhile, Chisnall and his St Helens compatriots, Michael Smith and Stephen Bunting, failed to make a major impact in the UK Open which was staged at Butlin's, Minehead, over the weekend.

Chizzy went down 9-7 to Anderson in the early stages and was quickly followed by Bunting - beaten 9-7 by Joe Cullen - and Smith who toppled to a 9-5 defeat at the hands of Stuart Kellett.

World no.l van Gerwen went on the clinch the title, beating Wright 11-4 in Sunday's final.