Chisnall denies Durrant to claim Players Championship Two glory

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 10 Feb 2019
In-form Chisnall returns to the winner's circle (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Dave Chisnall denied PDC newcomer Glen Durrant in a dramatic deciding leg to clinch the Players Championship Two title on a day which saw a record four nine-darters in Wigan.
A day packed with quality culminated in Chisnall securing his 13th PDC title, having fired in a nine-dart finish in his earlier victory over Rowby-John Rodriguez.
Five-time televised finalist Chisnall began the day with victories over youthful trio Nathan Aspinall, Luke Humphries and Rodriguez to reach the Last 16.
There, he saw off 2018 World Champion Rob Cross, before recovering from 5-3 down to defeat James Wade 6-5 in the Quarter-Finals.
A 7-5 success over Jonny Clayton followed in the Semi-Finals before victory over Durrant saw Chisnall scoop the £10,000 top prize at the Robin Park Sports Centre.
"I played well today and I think I deserved it because I'm one of those players who never gives up," said Chisnall.
"I beat James Wade and Jonny Clayton in good games and followed it up with a win over a three-time Lakeside Champion in Glen, who is obviously a great player.
"Of course, you need a bit of luck to win these tournaments but today I thought I made the most of my chances when I got them and that's what won me this title."
The final began with a break of throw for Durrant, who finished 96 in two darts for a 13-darter, only for Chisnall to break straight back in the following leg by pinning double top at the first attempt.
The next four legs all went with throw to make it 3-3, before Durrant missed three darts to break throw, allowing Chisnall the chance to fire in two double tops to take out 100.
An intriguing clash saw neither player able to shake off the other, before Chisnall found his favourite double 18 to open up a two-leg gap for the first time in the match at 6-4, only for Durrant to break straight back.
Chisnall made no mistake on double 16 for a third consecutive break of throw to go within one leg of victory, but after he missed four match darts, Durrant produced an incredible 170 checkout at the vital moment to cut the deficit to 7-6.
A hold of throw followed for Durrant to take the match to a decisive 15th, but it was Chisnall, appearing in his first ProTour final in almost a year, who found tops once again to seal a memorable win.
Competing in only his second ranking event since winning his Tour Card in January, Durrant's impressive run to the final began with a narrow 6-5 victory over Latvia's Madars Razma, before making his mark with a 6-3 scalp of world number three Peter Wright.
Successes over Zoran Lerchbacher and Robert Thornton followed as the Middlesbrough man won through to the quarter-finals where he defeated fellow-Premier League contender John Henderson before beating Joe Cullen to reach the final.
Chisnall was joined by Van Gerwen, Chris Dobey and Geert Nentjes in landing perfect finishes on a sensational second day of ProTour action.
Dutch youngster Nentjes hit the first perfect leg of the day in his 6-0 whitewash of Mervyn King in round two, before rising star Dobey followed up his eye-catching Premier League debut with a nine-darter to win the deciding leg of his second round clash with Dave Prins.
After Chisnall landed the third nine-darter of the day, three-time World Champion MVG got in the act in his incredible Quarter-Final tie with Clayton, which saw the Welshman's 106.5 average prove too strong for Van Gerwen's 104 as he ran out a 6-3 winner to end the world number one's unbeaten streak dating back to November.

Players Championship Two Results

Sunday February 10

First Round
Van Gerwen, Michael 6-5 Carroll, Shaun
Carlin, Gavin 6-1 Burness, Kevin
Klaasen, Jelle 6-5 Brooks, Bradley
Stevenson, Simon 6-5 Richardson, James
Bunse, Christian 6-5 Wilson, James
Huybrechts, Kim 6-3 Newell, Tony
King, Mervyn 6-3 Wilson, Mark
Nentjes, Geert 6-5 Koltsov, Boris
Gurney, Daryl 6-2 Ward, Harry
Huybrechts, Ronny 6-1 Barnard, Michael
Dobey, Chris 6-0 North, Richard
Prins, Dave 6-3 Owen, Robert
Clayton, Jonny 62 Temple, Terry
Labanauskas, Darius 6-0 Van der Meer, Vincent
Payne, Josh 6-1 Murschell, Dawson
Robbe, Mario 6-3 van Duivenbode, Mike
Cross, Rob 6-2 Smith, Ross
Lewis, Jamie 6-2 Reyes, Cristo
Joyce, Ryan 6-2 Rafferty, Nathan
Murnan, Joe 6-5 Edhouse, Ritchie
Chisnall, Dave 6-2 Aspinall, Nathan
Humphries, Luke 6-5 Gilding, Andrew
Whitehead, Conan 6-4 Beaton, Steve
Rodriguez, Rowby-John 6-5 Burton, Stephen
Wade, James 6-1 De Sousa, Jose
Boulton, Andy 6-2 van Duijvenbode, Dirk
Dekker, Jan 6-2 Clemens, Gabriel
Petersen, Devon 6-5 Webster, Mark
Wattimena , Jermaine 6-5 Bain, Jamie
Justicia, Jose Antonio 6-1 Eastwood, Gary
Ratajski, Krzysztof 6-2 Alcinas, Antonio
Clark, Matt 6-5 Hunt, Adam
White, Ian 6-2 Monk, Arron
Shepherd, Kirk 6-4 Kantele, Marko
Mansell, Mickey 6-1 van de Pas, Benito
Searle, Ryan 6-3 Robinson, Reece
O'Connor, William 6-1 Bunting, Stephen
Meulenkamp, Ron 6-1 Gray, Adrian
West, Steve 6-2 van Barneveld, Raymond
Michael, John 6-4 Bates, Barrie
Price, Gerwyn 6-1 Kamphuis, Vincent
Tabern, Alan 6-5 Hudson, Peter
Anderson, Kyle 6-3 Evetts, Ted
Dolan, Brendan 6-2 Edgar, Matthew
Cullen, Joe 6-2 Meikle, Ryan
Todd, Mick 6-4 Kanik, Tytus
de Zwaan, Jeffrey 6-1 Woodhouse, Luke
Meeuwisse, Yordi 6-2 Hamilton, Andy
Brown, Keegan 6-0 Smith, Michael
Van Baelen, Davy 6-3 Dootson, Eddie
Henderson, John 6-1 Jones, Wayne
McGeeney, Mark 6-0 van den Bergh, Dimitri
Worsley, Jonathan 6-5 Whitlock, Simon
van der Voort, Vincent 6-3 Dudbridge, Mark
Lennon, Steve 6-5 Baker, Scott
Marijanovic, Robert 6-4 Pipe, Justin
Wright, Peter 6-3 Portela, Diogo
Durrant, Glen 6-5 Razma, Madars
Wilkinson, Carl 6-3 Schindler, Martin
Lerchbacher, Zoran 6-5 Kist, Christian
Derry, Nathan 6-4 Noppert, Danny
Goldie, John 6-2 Pallett, David
Thornton, Robert 6-2 Evans, Ricky
Kuivenhoven, Maik 6-2 Norris, Alan

Second Round
van Gerwen, Michael 6-1 Carlin, Gavin
Stevenson, Simon 6-3 Klaasen, Jelle
Huybrechts, Kim 6-3 Bunse, Christian
Nentjes, Geert 6-0 King, Mervyn
Gurney, Daryl 6-2 Huybrechts, Ronny
Dobey, Chris 6-5 Prins, Dave
Clayton, Jonny 6-4 Labanauskas, Darius
Robbe, Mario 6-2 Payne, Josh
Cross, Rob 6-3 Lewis, Jamie
Joyce, Ryan 6-4 Murnan, Joe
Chisnall, Dave 6-5 Humphries, Luke
Rodriguez, Rowby-John 6-4 Whitehead, Conan
Wade, James 6-4 Boulton, Andy
Petersen, Devon 6-5 Dekker, Jan
Wattimena , Jermaine 6-4 Justicia, Jose Antonio
Ratajski, Krzysztof 6-1 Clark, Matt
White, Ian 6-5 Shepherd, Kirk
Searle, Ryan 6-3 Mansell, Mickey
Meulenkamp, Ron 6-2 O'Connor, William
West, Steve 6-5 Michael, John
Tabern, Alan 6-5 Price, Gerwyn
Dolan, Brendan 6-4 Anderson, Kyle
Cullen, Joe 6-2 Todd, Mick
de Zwaan, Jeffrey 6-0 Meeuwisse, Yordi
Van Baelen, Davy 6-3 Brown, Keegan
Henderson, John 6-4 McGeeney, Mark
van der Voort, Vincent 6-1 Worsley, Jonathan
Lennon, Steve 6-4 Marijanovic, Robert
Durrant, Glen 6-3 Wright, Peter
Lerchbacher, Zoran 6-4 Wilkinson, Carl
Goldie, John 6-3 Derry, Nathan
Thornton, Robert 6-2 Kuivenhoven, Maik
Losers: £500

Last 32
van Gerwen, Michael 6-2 Stevenson, Simon
Huybrechts, Kim 6-5 Nentjes, Geert
Dobey, Chris 6-2 Gurney, Daryl
Clayton, Jonny 6-5 Robbe, Mario
Cross, Rob 6-2 Joyce, Ryan
Chisnall, Dave 6-2 Rodriguez, Rowby-John
Wade, James 6-4 Petersen, Devon
Ratajski, Krzysztof 6-5 Wattimena , Jermaine
Searle, Ryan 6-4 White, Ian
West, Steve 6-5 Meulenkamp, Ron
Tabern, Alan 6-4 Dolan, Brendan
Cullen, Joe 6-4 de Zwaan, Jeffrey
Henderson, John 6-5 Van Baelen, Davy
Lennon, Steve 6-5 van der Voort, Vincent
Durrant, Glen 6-4 Lerchbacher, Zoran
Thornton, Robert 6-3 Goldie, John
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
Jonny Clayton 6-3 Chris Dobey
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Rob Cross
James Wade 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Ryan Searle 6-2 Steve West
Joe Cullen 6-5 Alan Tabern
John Henderson 6-3 Steve Lennon
Glen Durrant 6-4 Robert Thornton
Losers: £1,500 

Jonny Clayton 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Dave Chisnall 6-5 James Wade
Joe Cullen 6-5 Ryan Searle
Glen Durrant 6-4 John Henderson
Losers: £2,250 

Dave Chisnall 7-5 Jonny Clayton
Glen Durrant 7-4 Joe Cullen
Losers: £3,000 

Dave Chisnall 8-7 Glen Durrant
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

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