Three in a row for brilliant Chisnall

Dave Chisnall and Ronnie Baxter, right, after the Morecambe man defeated Baxter 6-4 in the final of the latest Players Championship event at the K2 Centre in Crawley.
Dave Chisnall and Ronnie Baxter, right, after the Morecambe man defeated Baxter 6-4 in the final of the latest Players Championship event at the K2 Centre in Crawley.
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MORECAMBE’S Dave Chisnall continued his winning streak at his “lucky venue” after he won his third successive Players Championship at the K2 Centre in Crawley on Saturday.

The in-form “Chizzy Rascal”, who has reached the final of the German Darts Championship and the UK Open semi-final in the last month, defeated Ronnie Baxter 6-4 in the final.

The Morecambe ace, who picked up back-to-back wins in Crawley last month, once again won the £6,000 first prize in Saturday’s 120-player event.

“It feels good - this must be my lucky venue!” said Chisnall. “I played well all through the day.

“I had some scares and had a few 6-4 wins, and the games against Arron Monk and Ian White could have gone either way, but I’ve come through and got the results.”

He opened the event with wins over youngsters Arron Monk and Joe Cullen and two-time World Champion Ted Hankey before defeating Ian White 6-4 in the quarter-finals and James Wade 6-2 in the semis.

He secured an immediate break of throw in the first leg of the final against Baxter, opening with a 180 and taking out 121 on the bull for a 12-darter, and finished on 102 to lead 2-0 before Baxter finished tops to get off the mark.

The next four legs were shared as Baxter hit back to trail just 4-3, with Chisnall following up a second 102 checkout of the game by taking out 121 on the bull to lead 5-3.

Baxter finished 65 on tops to win the ninth, but Chisnall landed double 18 in the next to secure the win.

The following day, Chisnall bowed out in the last 64 of the second event of the weekend at the K2 Centre, with a 6-3 defeat to Mark Hylton.