Peter Wright came from 6-3 down to claim a draw with Dave Chisnall in the Betway Premier League at Dublin’s 3Arena on Thursday, ending a three-game losing run.
After Chisnall opened with an 11-darter, legs of 14 and 13 darts from Wright moved him 2-1 up, but Chisnall took two of the next three before moving back ahead with a thrilling 145 finish in leg seven.
He also took the next two legs to secure a minimum of a point at 6-3, but Wright clawed back the next two legs to force a decider and traded maximums with his rival before finishing 64 to snatch a point.
“Obviously I wanted the two points but I didn’t play exceptionally tonight and Dave punished me,” said Wright.
“When I was 6-3 down I knew I only had to break Dave’s throw once and I did that, and it’s a good point.
“Dave’s shown the crowd just how well he can play and if he carries on playing the way he is then he’s going to take plenty more points off the guys in the run-up to the finals.”
Chisnall admitted: “I was happy to get the point but also disappointed not to get the two points because I was in control when I went 6-3 up and I slackened off.
“A big thing for me was keeping the darts straight and fluent, and I did that tonight.
“Peter’s one of the best in the world, a class act, and I knew he would come back at me so a point’s good.”