Chizzy crashes out of World Series

Dave Chisnall was well beaten by dynamic Dutchman Michael van Gerwen
Dave Chisnall was well beaten by dynamic Dutchman Michael van Gerwen
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Dave Chisnall reserved his poorest performance of the weekend for Sunday’s semi-final showdown with dynamic Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in the £150,000 Ladbrokes World Series clash.

The number four seed from St Helens went into the Glasgow clash on a high after earlier brushing aside the challenges of Belgium’s Kim Hybrecht and former world champion Adrian Lewis.

But he left his previous form in the dressing room when confronted by world no. 1 van Gerwen - crashing to an 11-3 defeat.

The Dutchman, who went on to beat Peter ‘Snake Bite’ Wright 11-9 in the final, raced into a 4-0 lead to take the initiative and never looked back, averaging over 108, including checkouts of 118 and 156 and said he was delighted with his performance.

“I know Dave is a good player but I was too good tonight,” said van Gerwen.

Chisnall - August’s Perth Darts Masters runner-up - had started the tournament in devastating form, producing a sublime performance to average almost 113 in a fine 6-4 win over Kim Huybrechts.

Chisnall opened the match with the first of three 11-dart legs and he also landed a 10-darter before hitting a fourth 180 in leg 10 as he secured the win.

He then put together a run of seven consecutive legs to overcome Adrian Lewis in the first quarter-final.

Lewis took a 6-4 lead into the second break with neither player reaching their best standard.

Chisnall returned to the stage with the bit between his teeth and won the remaining six legs of the match, including checkouts of 129 and 110.