Chizzy’s hard lessons in Hamburg

Dave Chisnall rues a missed chance
Dave Chisnall rues a missed chance
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Dave Chisnall had to swallow the bitter pill of defeat for the second time in a week when losing in the final of the HappyBet European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg.

His conqueror, Jams Wade, claimed the £25,000 first prize after a thrilling 6-5 victory over the St Helens ace who the previous week had toppled to a 6-2 defeat in the final of the Gibraltar Trophy to world no. 1 Michael van Gerwen.

The opening two legs of the final were shared before Wade clinically won the next three without reply with finishes of 70, 64 and 118 to move 4-1 up.

Chisnall then took out 140, 127 and 78 - on the bull - as he won four of the next five to take the game to a decider, but he missed tops for victory to allow Wade in, and the left-hander took out 82 by hitting tops himself as he took glory.

Chisnall saw off Ron Meulenkamp and John Henderson to reach the quarter-finals, where he overcame tricky Austrian Mensur Suljovic 6-4 before ousting Peter Wright 6-3 in the last four.

“I can take a lot of positives from this,” said Chisnall.

“I played well all day but I started too slowly. I got back into it but missed my chance and James deserved to win.”