Dave Chisnall claimed the biggest victory of his career as he defeated Peter Wright 6-2 in the German Darts Championship final on Sunday night
The Morecambe ace picked up the £20,000 first prize and moved up to seventh in the PDC Order of Merit with the win at Halle 39 in Hildesheim.
Chizzy had reached two European Tour finals in 2012, losing out to Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, but finally went one better as he won his first title since last November.
He hadcontinued his fine weekend’s form as he defeated Paul Nicholson and Kevin Painter in deciding legs earlier on Sunday, before sealing a 6-4 semi-final win over Steve Beaton with a spectacular 170 checkout.
“It’s the highlight of my career,” said Chisnall.
“It feels great and I’m delighted because I played well throughout the tournament.
“I was a bit nervous against Kevin Painter in the quarter-finals and I missed a few doubles, but once I came through that I played the darts that I know I can play, especially against Steve in the semis.
“I had four 6-5 results in my first four games but some of those probably shouldn’t have been 6-5, but that’s darts and I don’t mind as long as I win them! If I’d hit my doubles a bit better then it might have been easier for me.”
He enjoyed his most comprehensive win in the final as he dropped only two legs and averaged almost 100 in seeing off Wright in front of a sell-out crowd.
After edging a nervy opening leg, Chisnall doubled his lead with a 13-dart leg. After Wright got off the mark with a 14-dart finish, he then took out 130 for a 12-darter to lead 3-1.
Chisnall then punished a missed double 18 from Wright by landing double nine to move 4-1 up, and took out tops to move to the brink of victory at 5-1.
He landed a 180 to leave 73 in the seventh leg as he closed on the winning line, only for Wright to finish 106 in keeping his hopes alive – but the fightback was to be short-lived as Chisnall hit another 180 to set up double 18 as he secured the triumph with a 13-dart leg.