DARTS star Dave “Chizzy” Chisnall won his maiden Players Championship title at the weekend, with a 6-4 defeat of Justin Pipe.
The St Helens ace, in his debut year with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), won through to his fourth final on the ProTour, before finally breaking his duck at Crawley’s K2 Centre to take the £6,000 first prize.
The 31-year-old played superbly throughout Sunday’s tournament, twice missing double 12 for a nine-dart finish during a third round win over Ronnie Baxter – before hitting six 180s in the final.
Pipe hit five in return, including two in the sixth leg – which he won in 11 darts – before breaking in the seventh to lead 4-3.
Chisnall, though, landed a 180 in the eighth as he broke back on double 10, and he hit a 180 and double 18 to lead 5-4, before posting two maximums in a 12-darter to seal victory with an 82 finish.
“It feels great,” said Chisnall, who also defeated World Champion Adrian Lewis and Dutchman Co Stompe on his run to the final. “After being in three finals before, I was determined to get the win.
“Justin played well but luckily I got the win. He missed a few doubles, but I hit mine. I played well all day and that’s fourth time lucky for me!
“My goal at the start of the year was to make sure I qualified for the World Championship, and I’ve done that through the Players Championship Order of Merit.
“It’s great for my confidence going into the Grand Slam. I’ve had some problems with doubles on TV, but I’ve got to get over that and I’m looking forward to it.”