Chisnall crashes out of World Darts Championship at first round stage

Dave Chisnall.
Dave Chisnall.

Dave Chisnall crashed out of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship at the first round stage after an incredible five-set battle with John Henderson on Sunday night.

The Morecambe ace became the biggest casualty so far in the tournament as he lost out 3-2 to John Henderson in a fifth set tie-break, despite hitting 11 180s in a see-saw contest.

Henderson took the first two sets and was within touching distance of a straight sets win before Chisnall came roaring back at the Alexandra Palace to win the next five legs and force a deciding set.

The number seven seed held the initiative in the decider, but let four darts to win the match slip away and Henderson held his nerve to claim a famous victory live on Sky Sports.

Henderson won the opening two legs of the match only for Chisnall to reply and claim the next two, and the number seven seed looked on course to take the set in the deciding leg.

However, Henderson stunned his opponent with a brilliant 122 checkout to take the first set before doubling his advantage by taking the second without reply, including a party-piece 132 checkout of two bullseyes and double 16.

Chisnall was 2-1 down in the third set and a leg away from going out but found double 18 to his liking as he hit the bed in five successive legs to force a deciding set.

The fifth set proved to be a dramatic affair as Chisnall missed three chances to win the match in the fourth leg and was off-target with another match dart, at the bullseye, in the sixth.

Those errors proved to be expensive for the World Grand Prix finalist as Henderson won the decider 5-3 in the tie-breaker to progress to the second round.