DAVE Chisnall kept his cool to cause a massive upset and knock multiple winner Phil Taylor out of the ladbrokes.com World Championship with a commanding performance at the Alexandra Palace.
Chisnall, from St Helens, won the second-round clash in one of the biggest shocks in the sport. Taylor, from Stoke, who has won the PDC title 13 times and also two BDO world championships, looked out of sorts from the opening leg and was brushed aside four sets to one.
Chisnall admitted on Sky Sports 1: “I don’t know how I did that. I threw well in the game but started getting a bit nervous at the end. When he gave me a chance I took it.”
Both players missed important throws but Chisnall kept his head to win the fifth set with double six after Taylor had missed two shots at double 20.
Chisnall added: “He’s been missing doubles as well as I did. I’ve always thought I can beat anybody if I play my game. I thought I could beat him when I came into the championship.”
Chisnall gave a glimpse of what was to come when he took the first set but Taylor hit straight back to win the next. The next two sets went to Chisnall to set up the chance to cause the upset of the tournament but first he had to hold his nerve against Taylor.
After taking the opening leg of the fifth set Chisnall was pegged back but won the next two legs, including a stuttering finish in the final leg, to win the set 3-1 and put out Taylor.
Taylor admitted he had been beaten by the better player on the night.
He said: “Dave was a better player. When he took that fourth set it was a massive blow for me. Then I was struggling. It’s all on the night and I wasn’t good enough.”
Kim Huybrechts also caused a shock to put out giant-killer James Richardson, the conqueror of five-times winner Raymond van Barneveld in the first round.
Andy Hamilton fought back with a deciding-set victory over Vincent van der Voort, John Part was a 4-1 winner over Richie Burnett and Terry Jenkins triumphed by the same score against Co Stompe. Paul Nicholson cruised to a 4-0 victory in the final match of the night against Alan Tabern.