Dave Chisnall knocked out in first round of World Matchplay

Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall

MORECAMBE darts ace Dave Chisnall crashed out in the first round of the World Matchplay on Tuesday night.

“Chizzy” fell to a 10-7 defeat to local favourite Ronnie Baxter at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Chisnall hit seven 180s and a 170 finish, but never recovered from allowing 1998 runner-up Baxter to get into a 3-0 lead as he hit six maximums, finishes of 133 and 108 and two 11-darters in a fine display.

The result is a rare early exit for the Morecambe man this year who has so far reached the UK Open semi-finals and won four Players Championship events, beating Baxter in one of the finals at the end of June.