Chisnall crowned champion in Wigan after denying Durrant
Dave Chisnall claimed his first PDC title for over a year as he denied three-time World Champion, Glen Durrant, in the final of the second Players Championship event of the year in Wigan.
On a record-breaking day that saw four nine-darters executed by Chris Dobey, Michael van Gerwen, Geert Nentjes and the eventual champion, respectively, Chisnall trousered £10,000 and secured his 13th PDC title.
St Helens-based, Chisnall, got his tournament underway with victories over Premier League contenders Nathan Aspinall and Luke Humphries. ‘Chizzy’ was forced to battle back from 5-3 down to see off back-to-back Development Tour winner, Humphries, in a deciding leg.
Chisnall completed a moment of brilliance in his following match against Austria’s Rowby-John Rodriguez, as he pinned perfection, for the eighth time in his illustrious career, en route to a 6-2 victory over ‘Little John’, before punishing a below-par display from Rob Cross to prevail into the last eight.
The 38-year-old received a touch of fortune at the quarter-final stage, with James Wade not only leading 3-0 and 5-3, but also squandering match darts, only for Chisnall to eventually close out a narrow victory, and book his place in the semi-finals.
Jonny Clayton – who had prior to his semi-final with ‘Chizzy’ defeated Saturday’s champion Michael van Gerwen – was next to fall at the hands of Chisnall. It was a high-quality affair, with both averaging over the 100 mark for the majority of the clash, but it was the St Helens man who prevailed with a 98 average.
Chisnall secured his first title in over a year with a narrow 8-7 win over three-time Lakeside champion Glen Durrant in the final, despite averaging below the 90 mark and his opponent pinning a 170 checkout.
Durrant’s BDO days now seem a distant memory, as after edging through Qualifying School on the final day of proceedings, the Middlesbrough man has already reached his maiden PDC final and pocketed £6,000 on professional soil.
Durrant didn’t have it easy, either, with all of the players he came up against at the Robin Park Leisure Centre having previously reached finals on the professional circuit. ‘Duzza’ claimed notable scalps over Peter Wright, John Henderson and Joe Cullen en route to the final in Wigan.
Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen’s 22-match unbeaten streak was obliterated by Jonny Clayton, in spite of the world number one hitting a nine-darter, while Peter Wright, Michael Smith and retirement-bound Raymond van Barneveld all suffered defeat prior to the third round.
20-year-old Dutchman, Geert Nentjes, was arguably the stand-out performer of the day, as, despite only reaching the third round, Nentjes hit a nine-dart leg and produced a 107.4 average in whitewashing Mervyn King.
Players Championship Finals winner Daryl Gurney and nine-time PDC title winner Ian White both departed at the last 32 stage, as nine-dart hero Chris Dobey and former World Masters winner Krzysztof Ratajski headed for the exit gates after the fourth round.
Our attention now turns to the Unibet Premier League on Thursday evening, as does Glen Durrant’s – who will get a taste of the remunerative 17-week long Premier League in Glasgow – where he takes on Daryl Gurney.
Players Championship 2
Robin Park Leisure Centre, Wigan
Sunday February 10
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Chris Dobey
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Rob Cross
James Wade 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ryan Searle 6-2 Steve West
Joe Cullen 6-5 Alan Tabern
John Henderson 6-3 Steve Lennon
Glen Durrant 6-4 Robert Thornton
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Dave Chisnall 6-5 James Wade
Joe Cullen 6-5 Ryan Searle
Glen Durrant 6-4 John Henderson
Dave Chisnall 7-5 Jonny Clayton
Glen Durrant 7-4 Joe Cullen
Dave Chisnall 8-7 Glen Durrant