Chisnall through to quarter-final with van Gerwen

Dave Chisnall.
Dave Chisnall.

Dave Chisnall set up a quarter-final clash with Michael van Gerwen at the World Grand Prix after victory over Wayne Jones on Thursday night.

The Morecambe ace triumphed 3-1 in the second round match live on Sky Sports at Dublin’s Citywest Hotel to move on to face the Dutch ace on Friday night.

The world number seven was punished for a slow start as Jones won the game’s opening set without reply, but levelled by taking the second 3-1 and then turned the game in his favour by taking set three by the same scoreline with a key 112 bullseye finish.

Resurgent Jones fought hard to hit back in set four, but Chisnall hit a pair of double 18 finishes and took out double eight to seal his place in a first World Grand Prix quarter-final.

Chisnall said: “I’m very happy with how I came back after that first set because it took me a while to get into the game.

“I knew that I had to improve and I did that.

“The 112 finish to win the third set was important, and for me it was the shot of the match. If I’d missed it, it would have been two-all in the third set but the bullseye was great and it was an important set to win.

“I played well in the last two sets and I was hitting my starting doubles well. I’m looking forward to playing Michael and we’ve had a lot of great matches before.”

Reigning champion Van Gerwen took only 21 minutes to claim a 3-0 victory in his all-Dutch second round clash with Raymond van Barneveld.