CHISNALL HITS WALSH FOR SIX TO BOOK WINNERS GROUP SPOT
DAVE CHISNALL booked his place in the Championship League Darts Winners Group by defeating Mark Walsh 6-3 in the Group Six final of the internet-streamed event on Thursday.
The St Helens thrower, competing in his first season of Championship League Darts, had been the Group Three runner-up three weeks ago and had reached the semi-finals in Group Four and Group Five earlier this week.
However, he finally managed to progress to the big-money Winners Group on November 1 with a brilliant showing on Thursday, as he now aims to take the £10,000 title and win a place in the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts.
Chisnall won six of his seven league games in the eight-player round-robin stage during Thursday^s Group Six, being joined by Jamie Caven at the head of the league table.
He then averaged 105.55 in a superb 6-1 semi-final win over Robert Thornton before seeing off Walsh 6-3 in the decider.
Chisnall made the early running, hitting a 180 in the opening leg and taking three in a row as he led 4-1 before Walsh threatened a fightback by cutting the gap to one leg.
Chisnall, though, landed his 23rd 180 of the day as a 14-dart finish moved him 5-3 up, before landing double eight to seal victory.
"It^s feels great to get through," said Chisnall, who won £3,200 on the day. "I was really determined to win today^s group because I was getting pretty tired and I didn^t want to have to try my luck in the last two groups.
"I like playing in a league system and I^ve enjoyed the four days in this event so far. You^re not out of the tournament if you lose in the league stage so you can build your form through the competition.
"I^ve got to the semi-finals in all the previous days but it was good to sneak the win today and I^m looking forward to coming back for the Winners Group.
"It^s a big day for me because I know that if I get to the final or win it then I^ll qualify for the Grand Slam, so that^s something extra on top of just being Championship League Darts winner which I^m aiming for."
Chisnall will now travel to Killarney for this weekend^s two Players Championships at the Gleneagle Hotel and INEC complex.
"I^ll be doing my best in Killarney," he added. "I know I^m playing well and my confidence is good."
Walsh will now return to Crondon Park GC in Essex to play in Group Seven on Tuesday October 30, having picked up £2,450 in prize money to soften the blow of defeat in a second final of the week, after losing to Phil Taylor in the Group Four decider.
Walsh had edged out Colin Osborne to finish fourth in the league table with four wins from his eight matches, and saw off Caven 6-1 in the semis.
Caven, in his first appearance in the event this year, won six of his league matches with some superb displays in a welcome return to form, but saw his worst performance come in the last four.
Reigning Speedy Services UK Open champion Thornton was the day^s other semi-finalist, picking up four wins from his seven league games, and he is joined in progressing to Group Seven by Osborne and Paul Nicholson.
Nicholson, the Group Five runner-up to Simon Whitlock on Wednesday, won just two of his league games this time around but narrowly survived elimination on leg difference ahead of Canadian John Part.
The three-time World Champion also won two matches on the day, but his 6-3 defeat of Terry Jenkins in his final game led to both players being eliminated, with Jenkins taking only one win.
Group Seven on October 30 will see last weekend^s PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix champion Michael van Gerwen enter the fray, alongside Northern Ireland^s Brendan Dolan and Wales^ former World Champion Richie Burnett.
Group Eight on October 31 will see Denis Ovens, Peter Wright and Steve Beaton come into the tournament before the eight group winners - currently Wes Newton, Justin Pipe, Ronnie Baxter, Phil Taylor, Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall - return for the big-money Winners Group.
Championship League Darts is screened exclusively live worldwide through LIVEPDC.TV and a series of 50 bookmakers^ websites worldwide, with prize money paid at £50 per leg won in the league phase and £100 in each day^s play-offs.
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Championship League Darts
Group Six Results
|Board One||Board Two|
|Terry Jenkins 4-6 Dave Chisnall||John Part 4-6 Colin Osborne|
|Robert Thornton 5-6 Jamie Caven||Mark Walsh 6-5 Paul Nicholson|
|Colin Osborne 4-6 Terry Jenkins||Dave Chisnall 6-3 John Part|
|Paul Nicholson 3-6 Robert Thornton||Jamie Caven 6-1 Mark Walsh|
|Colin Osborne 5-6 Mark Walsh||Terry Jenkins 3-6 Jamie Caven|
|Paul Nicholson 6-3 John Part||Dave Chisnall 4-6 Robert Thornton|
|Mark Walsh 6-4 Terry Jenkins||Colin Osborne 3-6 Jamie Caven|
|Dave Chisnall 6-2 Paul Nicholson||John Part 6-4 Robert Thornton|
|John Part 4-6 Mark Walsh||Robert Thornton 6-4 Terry Jenkins|
|Jamie Caven 5-6 Dave Chisnall||Paul Nicholson 4-6 Colin Osborne|
|Robe! rt Thornton 3-6 Colin Osborne||Dave Chisnall 6-3 Mark Walsh|
|Jamie Caven 6-4 John Part||Terry Jenkins 3-6 Paul Nicholson|
|Paul Nicholson 4-6 Jamie Caven||Mark Walsh 3-6 Robert Thornton|
|John Part 6-3 Terry Jenkins||Colin Osborne 2-6 Dave Chisnall|
|Jamie Caven 1-6 Mark Walsh||Dave Chisnall 6-1 Robert Thornton|
|Mark Walsh 3-6 Dave Chisnall|
Group Six Final League Table