Chizzy’s championship bid is over

Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall
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St Helens’ triple bid to lift the BetVictor World Matchplay title is over.

Dave Chisnall became the third player from the town to bow out of the competition - going down 16-9 to defending champion Michael van Gerwan.

He followed in the footsteps of fellow local lads, Stephen Bunting and Michael Smith, who had both been KO’ in previous rounds.

Chisnall was rarely a threat in last night’s quarter final tie at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool and left himself a mountain to climb after falling 10-2 behind.

He did sparkle into life with a 116 checkout in leg 13 before van Gerwen replied with a 106 finish.

Chisnall then cut the gap to 12-7 and 13-8 before a 130 checkout from the Dutchman moved him two legs away from victory.

Chizzy replied with a 106 check-out, but van Gerwen was too strong and finished 72 and 76 in the next two legs to secure his spot in the last four.

“I wasn’t at my best tonight but I did enough to win the game,” said van Gerwen. “Dave didn’t turn up early on but I did the right things and the right time to win the game.

“I didn’t play fantastic darts and I made a couple of mistakes but I won the game and that’s the important thing.

“I feel comfortable but I’ll have to concentrate in the semi-finals and be focused and punish Adrian when he makes mistakes because he always tests me. I’m looking forward to it.”