MORECAMBE darts ace Dave Chisnall once again came up just short in his bid for a European Tour title as he continued his rise up the PDC rankings.
“Chizzy Rascal” continued his recent fine form as he reached the final of the European Darts Open in Dusseldorf, Germany, just two weeks after being defeated by the sport’s greatest ever player, Phil “The Power” Taylor in the final of the German Darts Championships.
This time it was Raymond van Barneveld who proved too good for the Morecambe man, defeating him 6-4 in Sunday’s final at the Maritim Hotel.
The Dutchman went into a 3-1 lead in the final. raising the roof with a superb 136 checkout in the third leg, before Chisnall hit back with a 140 finish of his own to reduce his arrears to one leg.
The Morecambe ace refused to let his more experienced opponent get away, never letting him get more than two legs to the good before a dramatic ninth leg saw Chisnall miss five darts to save the match and van Barneveld the same to win the title before Chisnall hit double one to extend the match.
Van Barneveld then hit an 11-dart leg, including a 140 and 180 to secure victory.
The Dutchman took the £15,000 first prize in the third of the PDC’s European Tour events with a fine day of darts, following up his earlier wins over Ian White and Brendan Dolan with victories against Gino Vos, James Wade, Richie Burnett and Chisnall.
Chisnall defeated Kevin Munch 6-1 in Friday’s opening round before defeating Kim Huybrechts 6-5 in the last 32 the following day.
He beat Mark Dudbridge 6-2 in the third round and admitted he “got lucky” against Simon Whitlock in the quarter-final as he came back from 5-3 down to set up a semi-final with Mervyn King.
Chisnall stormed to a 5-1 lead against King, averaging nearly 105 at one point before completing a 6-3 win to set up the final with van Barneveld.
He took home £7,500 as the runner-up.
The next European Tour event will be held in Sindelfingen, Stuttgart, from September 7 to 9.
Chisnall has been drawn to play Ronnie Baxter in the opening round the Betfair World Matchplay Championships that start at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on July 21.
The Morecambe man beat Baxter in the final of a Players Championship event in Crawley recently.