Dave Chisnall out of world championships in thriller

Dave Chisnall in action against Simon Whitlock.
Dave Chisnall in action against Simon Whitlock.

Morecambe’s Dave Chisnall exited the Ladbrokes World Darts Championships in dramatic fashion at the hands of Simon Whitlock on Thursday afternoon.

In a classic back and forth last 16 match at the Alexandra Palace the Australian eventually ran out a 4-3 winner after coming out on top 5-3 in the final set.

Whitlock edged the first set 3-2 after Chisnall missed a 170 finish in the deciding leg and the Australian took out double 10.

The Morecambe man then levelled the round three match at one set all winning the second 3-1.

The two darters then exchanged three whitewash 3-0 sets, meaning the Wizard of Oz was 3-2 to the good in sets.

Chisnall kept up the drama, missing three darts to level the match in set six before eventually taking it to make it 3-3 and take the match in to a deciding seventh set.

Chizzy looked down and out at 2-0 down in the final set but pulled it back to 2-2 and with the match needed to be won by two clear legs, he broke Whitlock’s throw only to see the Australian break straight back with a 152 check out and win the next to lead 4-3 in legs.

And after Chisnall missed 144 to level the set, the Australian hit double tops to take the match and move in to the quarter-finals.