Chisnall snatches draw in Lewis thriller

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
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Dave Chisnall snatched a point in the final leg of a thrilling contest with Adrian Lewis in the latest round of the Betway Premier League Darts in Dublin on Thursday night.

The 6-6 scoreline means the Morecambe ace knows he needs a draw against Wes Newton on Judgement Night in Cardiff next week to avoid elimination from the competition.

Chisnall and Lewis shared 10 180s and four ton-plus checkouts with the Stoke ace taking out 134, 124 and 100 only to see the World Grand Prix runner-up follow an earlier 158 finish by landing double 18 to secure a draw in the deciding leg.

Chisnall said: “I’m happy with that and it was good entertainment for the crowd.

“Adrian had a few chances but it’s swings and roundabouts, and at the end he let me in and I took my chance.

“I wanted to try and get at least a point this week and it means there’s a big game ahead against Wes next week.

“I know that a draw will keep me in the competition, but I’ll be going for a win and hopefully I can hit my doubles like I did tonight.”

Lewis said: “Dave ground out a draw at the end there but we both hit some good finishes and plenty of 180s, and it’s a good point for me.

“I’ve got seven or eight weeks now to fight to get into the top four and I’m looking forward to the rest of the tournament now.”

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock became the first player to be eliminated after his draw with Newton.

The Fleetwood thrower had earlier lost 7-3 to Gary Anderson as he pulled double duty in Dubllin having missed an earlier round in Exeter through illness.

Robert Thornton is the third man battling against the drop in Cardiff next week as he sits on six points alongside Chisnall and Newton after a week off.

Phil Taylor ensured his passage in to the latter stages with a draw against Raymond van Barneveld while Michael van Gerwen ended Peter Wright’s unbeaten record with a 7-5 victory.