Chizzy into quarter finals of UK Championships as other St Helens aces bow out

Dave Chisnall 'extinguished' full-time firefighter Alan Soutar to reach the quarter finals of the Ladbrokes UK Darts Championship last night (Saturday) and now meets 26-year-old Luke Humphries of Newbury today (Sunday) for a place in the last four.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 8:46 am
Dave Chisnall

It was a see-saw thriller, in which both players had their chance to progress, but the St Helens arrow smith kept his nerve to squeeze home 10-8 against outsider Soutar, whose victims in earlier rounds had included five-times world champion Raymond Van Barneveld and St Helens' Stephen Bunting.

Initially, the Scotsman looked to be heading to a comfortable victory, storming into a 3-0 lead before Chizzy hit back and by the halfway point had drawn level. at 5-5.

Soutar kept edging in front but when it came to crunch time Chisnall delivered the coup-de-grace just as he had done in his two previous games - beating former world champion Peter Wright 10-5 and Danny Noppert 10-8.

Chizzy said: ''I've known Alan for a long time and knew it would be a tough game but he let me off the hook in the end.''

The Scot said: ''The wheels came off but I can't complain because I've had a great 10 days.''

Much fancied Michael Smith cleared one hurdle, defeating Joe Cullen 10-9, and then lost by the same score to Portugal's Jose de Sousa.

The other local player, Alan Tabern, who reached the semi-final of the competition in 2006, fell 6-5 at the second round stage to Dutchman Gino Vos.

The tournament, which is being staged at Milton Keynes, carries a £100,000 winner's prize with the runner-up pocketing £40,000.