Superb Chisnall claims German win
DAVE CHISNALL claimed the biggest victory of his career as he defeated Peter Wright 6-1 in the German Darts Championship final on Sunday night, scooping the £20,000 first prize and moving up to seventh in the PDC Order of Merit.
The St Helens ace had reached two European Tour finals in 2012, losing out to Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, but finally went one better as he won his first title since last November.
Chisnall had continued his fine weekend's form at Halle 39 in Hildesheim as he defeated Paul Nicholson and Kevin Painter in deciding legs earlier on Sunday, before sealing a 6-4 semi-final win over Steve Beaton with a spectacular 170 checkout.
He enjoyed his most comprehensive win in the final as he dropped only two legs and averaged almost 100 in seeing off Wright 6-2 to claim glory in front of a sell-out German crowd.
After edging a nervy opening leg, Chisnall doubled his lead with a 13-dart leg and, after Wright got off the mark with a 14-dart finish, he then took out 130 for a 12-darter to lead 3-1.
Chisnall then punished a missed double 18 from Wright by landing double nine to move 4-1 up, and took out tops to move to the brink of victory at 5-1.
He landed a 180 to leave 73 in the seventh leg as he closed on the winning line, only for Wright to finish 106 in keeping his hopes alive - but the fightback was to be short-lived as Chisnall hit another 180 to set up double 18 as he secured the triumph with a 13-dart leg.
"It's the highlight of my career," said Chisnall. "It feels great and I'm delighted because I played well throughout the tournament.
"I was a bit nervous against Kevin Painter in the quarter-finals and I missed a few doubles, but once I came through that I played the darts that I know I can play, especially against Steve in the semis.
"I had four 6-5 results in my first four games but some of those probably shouldn't have been 6-5, but that's darts and I don't mind as long as I win them! If I'd hit my doubles a bit better then it might have been easier for me."
Chisnall added: "I had two good events last year where I got to the final but played Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, but this was my time.
"My form wasn't that good earlier in the year but I've got it back now, so I'm very happy."
Wright had to settle for the £10,000 runner-up prize as he was denied a third ranking title which would have been the biggest win of his career.
The Lowestoft ace, a semi-finalist in the UK Open earlier this year, had seen off World Youth Championship finalist Ricky Evans, German qualifier Michael Hurtz, Jelle Klaasen and Daryl Gurney on his way to the last four.
There, he overcame Richie Burnett 6-5 in an epic clash, with the colourful Welsh ace taking out an 11-darter and a 121 finish as he moved 4-2 up, only to miss one dart for victory as Wright forced a deciding leg, which he won in 12 darts.
"I'm pleased to have reached the final but it's disappointing to lose," said Wright, who continues to climb towards a place in the world's top 16.
"I think the semi-final took a lot out of me, and fair play to Dave because in the final he seemed to hit everything. I just wanted him to give me a chance but he didn't, and he played well."
Burnett's run to the semis improves his chances of qualifying for next month's partypoker.com World Grand Prix in Ireland, while Beaton also picked up £5,000 prize money as he reached the last four in a European Tour event for the second time this year.
Emerging Northern Irish ace Gurney celebrated his European Tour debut by knocking out world number four Simon Whitlock on his way to the last eight, while Andy Hamilton had come from 3-0 down to end Michael van Gerwen's hopes of a third European Tour win of the year in their last 16 clash.
Hamilton went on to lose to Beaton, while Painter was edged out by Chisnall and Jamie Caven went down 6-4 to Burnett as the Welshman hit back from 3-1 down to claim victory.
The next European Tour event will be the German Darts Masters at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen from September 20-22, as Adrian Lewis defends the title he won 12 months ago. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through www.pdc-europe.net.
German Darts Championship - European Tour Event Six
Andy Hamilton 3-6 Steve Beaton
Kevin Painter 5-6 Dave Chisnall
Daryl Gurney 2-6 Peter Wright
Jamie Caven 4-6 Richie Burnett
Steve Beaton 4-6 Dave Chisnall
Peter Wright 6-5 Richie Burnett
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Peter Wright
Steve Beaton's superb run in the German Darts Championship continued as he defeated Andy Hamilton 6-3 to reach the semi-finals. Beaton took out 109 to break throw in the first leg, utilising a single 19, bullseye, double top combination, before punishing Hamilton for missing the bull in the second as he finished 64 on tops to move 2-0 up. Beaton also had chances to win the third, missing doubles across two visits as Hamilton returned from his own misses to get off the mark, and when the former European Championship finalist missed double ten for a 128 checkout in leg four, the Stoke star levelled on tops. Beaton, though, broke back by finishing 86 and then received a reprieve for five misses at double 16 by returning to hit the bed after Hamilton missed tops to steal the leg. The pair hit 180s in the seventh leg as Hamilton pulled back to 4-3 by pinning double three with his third dart, but Beaton took out 88 to move a leg away from victory, which he sealed in style by match! ing a maximum from Hamilton before taking out double 16 for a 12-darter.
Steve Beaton: "It was a tough one because Andy never gives in, so I'm happy with the result. I've got to win one of these sooner or later, so maybe it will be later tonight."
Dave Chisnall remains on course to reach a third European Tour final following a narrow 6-5 win over Kevin Painter - the fourth game in a row which the St Helens ace has taken to a deciding leg! Chisnall won the opening leg with a crowd-pleasing 96 finish of single 20, double 18 and double top, and he also landed a 180 in leg two, only to burst his score when needing 60 by hitting a treble 20, allowing Painter back in on double ten to level. Painter missed a dart at tops to break in the third as Chisnall posted double five, but a superb 12-darter from Painter - which featured a 180 and an 81 finish - was matched by the world number nine as he took out 127 on double eight to lead 3-2. Painter levelled by edging the sixth, but Chisnall landed a maximum and double five for a 14-darter as he edged 4-3 up. Painter finished double four to level in leg eight - although he almost paid the price for opting not to throw for the bull on a 170 finish when he initally missed four dart! s at doubles - and Chisnall then took a 5-4 lead with a superb 11-darter, hitting a 180 and finishing 96. Chisnall could have taken the win in leg ten, missing the bull for a 126 checkout and two further darts at double 16 as Painter forced a decider, but the world number nine was first to a finish and took out double 19 for a 14-darter to seal his semi-final place.
Dave Chisnall: "It was always going to be 6-5 given what I've done this weekend. Hopefully it won't be as tight in the semi-finals but it will be a good game against Steve."
Peter Wright won through to his second European Tour semi-final of the year with a 6-2 win over Daryl Gurney, whose impressive debut in this series ends with a last eight defeat. Wright set the tone by edging the opening leg on double five, with Gurney landing a maximum to leave 36 only to pay for three misses at double 18. Two further missed doubles from the Northern Irish ace cost him as Wright doubled his lead on double seven, before the Lowestoft ace hit a 180 and finished 80 for a 14-darter in leg three as he moved 3-0 up. Gurney took out 80 to get off the mark in leg four, and continued his comeback as he punished Wright for a missed bullseye - with a 180 leaving the colourful ace 164 - by hitting the same bed to take out 121 to cut the gap to one leg. Wright regained his cushion by pinning double five with his third dart to lead 4-2, and when Gurney missed double seven for a 122 finish, he landed double four to move a leg away from a victory which was sealed with a! 14-dart leg.
Peter Wright: "I'm really happy to be in the semis. I started off well and then fell asleep halfway through the game, but luckily I got it back together and got the win."
Richie Burnett came from 4-3 down against Jamie Caven to claim a 6-4 win and a place in the German Darts Championship semi-finals. Caven won the opener on double ten, and though Burnett took out 96 on double 18 to level, the Derby ace finished double nine for a 2-1 lead and double ten to break in the fourth, after the Welshman missed tops for a 120 finish. It was Caven's turn to miss in the fifth, as he was off-target on double ten to allow Burnett in on tops, and the former World Champion then hit a 180 in a 13-darter to level the contest at three-all. Caven posted double four to regain the lead, but missed the bull and two darts at double eight in each of the next two legs as Burnett firstly levelled on double ten before finishing 66 in two darts for a break to move 5-4 up. Caven was also first to a finish in leg ten, but missed double 18 to finish 110 and three further darts as Burnett returned from initially missing double six for a 126 finish to land double three wit! h his third dart to claim a nervy but joyous victory.
Richie Burnett: "I've having a great weekend, and I always seem to play well in Germany. I live every dart and I think the crowd do too - but I can't help myself and I hope people enjoy it."
Dave Chisnall produced a sublime performance to win through to the German Darts Championship final with a 6-4 win over Steve Beaton. Chisnall landed a 180 and took out 84 to win the opener, with Beaton levelling on double 16 before his opponent finished 90 to move 2-1 up. A 14-dart leg, finished on double ten, saw Beaton level again only for Chisnall to better that with a 180 and double 18 for a 13-darter as he edged 3-2 ahead. Beaton finished 139 with a fine treble 20, treble 13 and double top combination on the tricky finish, with Chisnall again holding throw by landing 86 but then missing his chance to break in the eighth, bursting his score on 70 to allow Beaton in to finish double ten. Chisnall moved 5-4 up with a superb 14-darter, finishing 90 with a bullseye double top combination, and saved his best finish for the tenth leg as he took out 170 to seal a brilliant win, ending the game with a 106.30 average.
Peter Wright won a dramatic semi-final with Richie Burnett in a deciding leg as he earned a place in the German Darts Championship final with a 6-5 triumph. Wright took the opening leg on double 16 for a 14-dart finish, and opened the second with a maximum only to see Burnett level with tops. Wright also kicked off the third with a maximum, but missed the bull for a 167 finish and an amazing further ten darts at a double across three more visits before hitting double two - with Burnett having missed four darts to win the leg himself. Burnett hit his first 180 and double four to level in the fourth, after Wright missed tops to break, and it was the Welsh ace who did manage to break and move 3-2 up with a 13-darter, hitting double 12 after Wright missed the bull for a 126 finish. Wright kicked off the sixth leg with 180 and 177 before a possible nine-darter went begging - only to see Burnett follow a 180 by finishing 81 for an 11-dart leg as he moved 4-2 up. Burnett missed the bull to win a fourth straight leg as Wright posted tops to reduce the gap to one leg, and he finished 62 on double 16 to level the game. Burnett then broke once more, taking out 121 on the bullseye, but missed double seven for a 122 finish to take victory in the tenth as Wright hit double eight to force a decider, in which he scored 134, 129 and 180 before finishing 58 on double ten to seal his comeback and a place in the final.
Final - Leg-By-Leg
Dave Chisnall v Peter Wright
0-0 - Peter Wright wins the bull and throws first.
1-0 - Chisnall is first to a finish, initially missing the bull for a 127 finish and further darts at double eight and four, only for Wright to agonisingly wire three darts at double 16, allowing the world number nine back to land double one for the opening leg.
2-0 - Chisnall doubles his lead, hitting three 140s and landing double 18 for a 13-darter.
2-1 - Wright is first to a finish and lands double two for a 14-dart leg to get off the mark.
3-1 - Chisnall takes out 130 for a 12-dart finish to regain his cushion.
4-1 - Wright is unable to finish 129, hitting a treble 19 and double 18 but missing a second double 18, as Chisnall steps in to take out double nine for a three-leg lead.
5-1 - Chisnall finishes 47 on tops to move one leg away from the title.
5-2 - Chisnall lands a 180 to leave 73, but Wright keeps his hopes alive by finishing 106 on double 16.
6-2 - Chisnall posts another maximum, this time leaving 121, and sets up double 18 for a 13-darter as he claims the biggest win of his career.