Chisnall reaches last 16 of UK Masters

Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall

Morecambe ace Dave Chisnall reached the last 16 of the UK Masters darts at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Sunday.

Chisnall, now ranked in the world’s top 10, bowed out 6-5 to losing finalist Stuart Kellett in round three of the £100,000 European Tour event.

Emerging star Kellett came from 5-3 down to knock out Chisnall, the tournament’s number one seed.

The Morecambe man made the early running breaking throw with a 14-darter in the opening leg and hitting an 11-darter before a 116 finish put him 3-1 up.

Kellett replied with a 12-dart finish before Chisnall hit tops to lead 4-2, and after the Cheshire ace hit double four to win his third leg, a 118 checkout from Chisnall put him a leg away from the win at 5-3.

Kellett, though, finished 86 in two darts to hit back, landed a 180 in a 14-darter to force a deciding leg and punished Chisnall for a slow start in the 11th leg by taking out double six for the win.

Chisnall had recorded 6-5 wins over Darren Webster and Nigel Heydon in rounds one and two respectively on Saturday.