Dave Chisnall suffers second round defeat in Belgium

Dave Chisnall suffered an early exit when he was beaten in the last 32 of the PDC’s Blåkläder Belgian Darts Open on Saturday.
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The top seed, who entered in the second round after Friday’s opening stage, was beaten by Ryan Joyce in Wieze.

Chisnall squandered a match dart in the deciding leg before losing 6-5 to Joyce, who then went down 6-4 to Ricardo Pietreczko in the last 16 on Sunday afternoon.

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Pietreczko, for his part, eventually progressed to the semi-finals where he was beaten 7-3 by Luke Littler.

Dave Chisnall was beaten in Belgium last weekend Picture: PDCDave Chisnall was beaten in Belgium last weekend Picture: PDC
Dave Chisnall was beaten in Belgium last weekend Picture: PDC
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It was darts’ new star who eventually took home the trophy on his European Tour debut, defeating Rob Cross 8-7 in the final.

Littler also hit a nine-darter in the 11th leg before coming from 7-6 down to win the title and the £30,000 top prize.

That also sees him move into a provisional qualification place for July’s Betfred World Matchplay.

“I’m just glad to get over the line,” Littler said.

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“I lost the two legs after I hit the nine so I’m relieved to get the win.

“It’s always good to be involved in a good game; me and Rob have battles and we bring the best out of each other.

“I’m really happy to hit a nine-darter, I prefer 144 to 141 to finish a nine because when the first treble 20 goes in I’m confident of following it with another.

“I know the spotlight is on me because I’ve done so well but I just play my darts and get on with it. I just do what I do.”

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