Van Gerwen and Chisnall set up Grand Prix final rematch
Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall will meet in the World Grand Prix final for the second time on Saturday night as they recorded comfortable semi-final victories over Chris Dobey and Glen Durrant respectively at the Citywest Hotel near Dublin.
Following a week of upsets leading to Van Gerwen being the only seed in the last eight, a thrilling night of quarter-finals perfectly set up the final two rounds of one of the biggest events on the PDC calendar.
Friday’s action got underway with Chisnall against Durrant, a second successive major semi-final for the three-time and reigning BDO World Champion, but he failed to raise his level from his hard-fought wins so far and an in-form ‘Chizzy’ punished him.
Middlesbrough’s Durrant failed to get going in the first set, allowing former world finalist Chisnall the chance to take it 3-0. However, it was roles reversed in set two, ‘Duzza’ easing to a whitewash win to level the semi-final.
The match tightened up from there, Chisnall notably taking out the third 170 finish of the week before producing a 17-darter in the final leg of the third set to lead 2-1.
Durrant led 2-1 in the fourth, but ‘Chizzy’ produced when it mattered most once more to extend his advantage, the most impressive moment a 140 checkout to seal a 12-dart leg.
Chisnall went two legs ahead in set five, but that sparked Durrant’s characteristic fighting spirit into action, producing a 12-darter with a 112 checkout to prolong the match before finding double 10 to keep his hopes alive at another 2-2 scenario in the set.
However, Morecambe’s Chisnall got off to a flyer in the crucial leg again, and completed a 4-1 success with a 60 checkout to book his spot in a first TV final since the 2016 Players Championship Finals.
He would’ve been hoping that Chris Dobey would come through for a repeat of the 2019 Danish Darts Open final which Chisnall won, but his nemesis Michael van Gerwen got off to the quicker start in the second semi-final.
The world number one took the opening set 3-1, but ‘Hollywood’ recovered admirably to win the first two legs of the second set. He took five darts to get going in the third leg, though, and Van Gerwen typically took full advantage before finishing 156 to double his advantage.
Dobey stuck with the defending champion, but Van Gerwen got off to a maximum start in the third set’s deciding leg which helped him to wrap up a 13-dart break for a 3-0 lead.
That seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Bedlington man, and MVG eased to the fourth set to move into a sixth World Grand Prix final and set up a second showdown at the Citywest with Dave Chisnall.
BoyleSports World Grand Prix
Friday October 11 (1900 BST start)
Glen Durrant 1-4 Dave Chisnall (0-3, 3-0, 2-3, 2-3, 2-3)
Michael van Gerwen 4-0 Chris Dobey (3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 3-0)
Saturday October 12 (2000 BST start)
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall
Best of nine sets
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