Semi-final defeat for ace ‘Chizzy’

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DAVE “Chizzy” Chisnall had bittersweet success at the televised Speedy Services UK Open darts championship at the weekend.

The Morecambe-based arrows ace reached the semi-finals, his best ever performance at a PDC major event.

But Chisnall was left thinking about what might have been after his 10-4 loss to unfancied Scot Robert “The Thorn” Thornton, who went on to upset the legendary Phil “The Power” Taylor in the final.

“The Chizzy Rascal” failed to capitalise on a strong start against Thornton in the quick-fire best of 19 legs format shown live on Sky One.

He was unable to repeat the heavy scoring which had helped him see off former world champion Raymond van Barneveld earlier on Sunday in the quarter-final, but at least had his £10,000 semi-finalist’s cheque as a consolation.

“I’m very disappointed with the semi-final,” said Chisnall, who lives in Morecambe.

“Robert played very well and deserved to win, but the darts didn’t go for me. The atmosphere was buzzing and I loved it, and I am pleased to have reached the semi-finals in my second year here.

“I’ll put it behind me and start again in the Players Championships in Birmingham next weekend.”

Chisnall beat van Barneveld after winning the game’s first five legs in a superb opening, and although the Dutchman hit back to 7-4 at one stage it was Dave who took two of the next three to move into the semis with a 99.79 average.

“I’m very pleased with my performance,” said Chisnall, who had reached the quarter-finals on his UK Open debut last year.

“I played quite well there, and the start I made was important.

“I didn’t think I had it won at 5-0 because Barney can always come back, so I’m happy to have got through it.”

Chisnall also claimed the scalp of former world runner-up Simon Whitlock in the last 16 of the event held in Bolton.