Chizzy proves he is Winner

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Dave Chisnall booked his place in the Championship League Darts Winners Group by defeating Mark Walsh 6-3 in the Group Six final last Thursday.

The Morecambe ace had already come close to making it through on several occasions having been a runner-up in Group Three three weeks ago and reaching the semi-finals of Group Four and Five last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Chisnall won six of his seven league games in the round-robin stage and 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.

“I was really determined to win 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.”