Chizzy keeps up pressure at top

Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall
  • Darts ace at top of Betway league
  • He lands six 180s during a fine display
  • ‘Chizzy Rascal’ eventually toppled by fellow St Helens ace Stephen Bunting

Dave Chisnall produced arguably his most polished performance of the season so far to move a point clear at the top of the Betway Premier League Darts table with a sensational 7-2 win over world champion Gary Anderson.

St Helens ace Chizzy’s unbeaten run continued as he picked up his fourth win in five matches as he swept aside the Scot.

Chizzy (pictured), who landed six 180s and finished seven doubles from 12 attempts in a fine display, said: “It feels great to be top of the table.

“I felt good coming into the game and against the world champion I knew I had to do something special tonight.

“People said to me that I needed to get the points early on because I’ve got the top boys going into the last few weeks before Judgement Night but I raise my game against the top boys, and that showed tonight.”

But he was unable to take that form into last weekend’s Coral UK Open at Butlin’s, Minehead, where he toppled to a 9-6 defeat at the hands of fellow St Helens thrower Stephen Bunting who went on to reach the semi-final of the event before suffering a 10-0 defeat against the eventual runner-up, Peter Wright.

People said to me that I needed to get the points early on because I’ve got the top boys going into the last few weeks before Judgement Night but I raise my game against the top boys, and that showed tonight

Dave Chisnall

Bunting had gone into the event in a positive frame of mind after claiming his first win in the Betway Premier League on Thursday night, thanks to a 7-3 success over Adrian Lewis.

Reflecting on his win over a former world champion, Bunting said: “It’s a massive boost for my confidence and I know there’s still improvement to be made but this is a good win. It has been well documented that I’ve changed my darts and people are blaming that, but my darts are fine, they’re flying on the practice board.”