Duo fall in Judgement Night

Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall

It’s the end of the road for St Helens darts duo, Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith.

Both were jettisoned from the Betway Premier League on Judgement Night in Cardiff after finishing in the bottom two spots with a meagre three points from nine games.

Chisnall bowed out 7-5 to Peter Wright and Smith went down by the same score to 16-times world champion Phil Taylor.

The former, who reached the semi-final stages of the money-spinning competition 12 months ago but never recovered from seeing Wright take an early 3-1 advantage in their clash.

And though he took out 101 and 102 to stay in the hunt, he was unable to prevent the world number five claiming victory with a 13-darter in the game’s deciding leg.

“I gave it my best but I didn’t get the win tonight,” Chisnall said.

“I’ve had chances for draws this season which I’ve not taken and I’ve got to learn from it.

“It’s very competitive and this year I’ve tried my best but it’s not worked out for me. It’s frustrating but I wasn’t good enough and I’ll work on it.”

Meanwhile, former World Youth Champion Smith had his chance to pick up at least a vital point but twice missed a double and allowed Taylor to win the final two legs with 80 and 124 finishes - the latter on the bull.

“If the darts at the bull or tops had gone in I could have won 7-5 but that’s life,” said Smith, who was making his debut in the tournament.

“I think I deserved something from the match but I didn’t get anything.

“I’m down because I lost but I’m not down as a player. I’ve got to work hard now and hopefully get back into the Premier League next year.”