ST Helens darts ace Dave Chisnall went from ecstasy to agony by beating the great Phil Taylor – then getting thrashed by a journeyman thrower.
The 31-year-old shocked the darts world by demolishing The Power, dishing out a 4-1 hammering on his World Darts Championship debut.
His odds of winning the title – and the £200,000 prize money – on his first attempt were immediately slashed to 8-1.
But he failed to match the dizzying heights he reached against Taylor – the most decorated player in the game – against Andy Hamilton in the following round.
Afterwards Chisnall admitted: “Andy played well and deserved to win. I missed a few doubles early on and after that I didn’t get going.”
Forty-eight hours earlier, ‘Chizzy Rascal’ had delighted his fans with an awe-inspiring performance against Taylor, which included eight 180s and had left the 15-times champion reflecting on his future in the game.
He admitted: “It feels like Man City v Man Utd – and I was Man Utd. It was a ridiculous scoreline.
“It could probably be the end of me, who really knows?
“I won’t take anything away from Dave. He was brilliant. At times I stood
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