Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Chisnall Pulls off Shock; Darts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Chisnall Pulls off Shock; Darts

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THE Ladbrokes World Darts Championship has been blown wide open after Phil Taylor suffered a stunning 4-1 defeat to Dave Chisnall in the second round last night.

The 15-time world champion tasted defeat in the last 32 of the pounds 1m tournament for the first time since the PDC's formation 19 years ago, as St Helens thrower Chisnall recorded the biggest win of his career at Alexandra Palace.

Chisnall averaged 99.05 to Taylor's 100.32, but crucially punished missed doubles from Taylor, who hit only 10 from 31 attempts during the game in failing to reach at least the quarter-finals for the first time.

Taylor missed darts to win the first set and, after winning the second 3-2, lost the third and fourth in a decider to leave himself 3-1 down, before Chisnall edged in front in set five before sealing an amazing win in 13 darts.

"This is the best night of my career so far," said Chisnall. "I thought I'd play the dartboard and not the player and I didn't think about beating Phil Taylor, just about winning the game. …

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