Darts: Chizzy’s heads to China for World Series tie

Dave Chisnall in action at the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters. Picture: Dubai Duty Free
Dave Chisnall in action at the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters. Picture: Dubai Duty Free

Globe-trotting Dave Chisnall is heading to China for the next PDC World Series of Darts event - the inaugural Shanghai Darts Masters set to take place on June 25-26 at the Pullman Hotel, Shanghai South.

Chisnall is one of eight elite Brits who will be playing in the 16-player tournament - the third international of 2016.

The St Helens ace will be joined by world champion Gary Anderson, who will be hoping to follow up his success in winning May’s Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters and Sunday’s Auckland Darts Masters, as well as Adrian Lewis, Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld, and Peter Wright.

The field also includes the invited quartet of Singapore’s Paul Lim, Hong Kong’s Scott Mackenzie and Ting Chi Royden Lam and China’s Yunfei Jiang, with the final four places going to players from Friday’s qualifier in Shanghai.

Chizzy will be hoping to improve on his Auckland performance when he bowed out 10-5 at the quarter final stage to five-times world champion van Barneveld.

The Dutchman broke in the game’s opening leg and pulled clear in mid-game with a four-leg burst to move from 5-4 up to 9-4 before subsequently sealing victory with a fourth 180 and then a 96 finish.