Dave Chisnall ended Michael van Gerwen’s hopes for a fourth world darts title with a breathtaking 5-0 win to reach the semi-finals at Alexandra Palace for the first time.
Chizzy, the world number 8, bullied the three-time champion in a remarkable feat to end a 27-game run against Van Gerwen dating back to February 2016 with an unrelenting display of points and results.
The man from St.. Helens had lost both of his previous World Cup quarter-finals while MVG had won all seven, but it was Chisnall who prevailed in the final quarter-finals of a dramatic day to a showdown of the last four with Gary Anderson.
Chisnall has never won a TV major and lost in five finals – three of them to Van Gerwen – but the tournament’s performance so far gives him the chance to win the biggest prize in the game.
In the other semifinals, Gerwyn Price meets Stephen Bunting after the Welshman, Van Gerwens No.. 1 if he wins the Sid Waddell Trophy, ousting Daryl Gurney in the crucial part of the crucial set.
Both Van Gerwen and Chisnall had shown brilliant performances in high-class fourth round games, but Chizzy knew that a sad record against Van Gerwen was the obstacle to his first World Cup semi-final.
Chisnall had only won six of his 52 games against MVG and hadn’t won the Dutchman on television since October 2013, but from the start he was an inspired man. Despite his record against the world number 1, Chisnall struck back after losing the opening leg to an average of 112, stacking four max 180s and hitting all three arrows in doubles to take the opening set.
After finishing 46, 141 and 95 gave him the early advantage, Chizzy plowed on and shot three more highs on the way to the second set. With MVG out of order, Chisnall could even afford to miss five arrows for the set when the Dutchman hit back from 2-0 to Level, but when it came down to it, it was Chizzy who stuck the required target.
For the past 16 years, Van Gerwen was two sets behind Joe Cullen, but his level of performance there was significantly better than what he had shown in the first few exchanges, and he had no answer to Chisnall’s brilliance.
Again it was Chisnall who took the opportunity and took the lead 2-0 to give Van Gerwen another chance. The ‘Green Machine’ took 150 out after Chizzy missed two for the set and when Van Gerwen punished another missed arrow for the set to take the third one down, it looked like the game was close to that Turn stood.
However, Chisnall cleared 86 in two arrows to take a notable 3-0 lead, and followed with 11- and 14-dart-legs to open another 2-0 lead in the set. Another arrow for the set went begging when Van Gerwen kept himself alive, but it was Chisnall who moved to the verge of victory in an amazing leg.
The 40-year-old produced eight perfect darts just to draw one dart on Double 12 for the perfect leg, but he was back to take a 4-0 lead. Van Gerwen had previously retired from the sidelines, but Chisnall was playing darts from another planet and took out 130 to stand two legs off the last four.
A 12-dart leg left him on the sidelines, and then a clinical 80 finish took him across the line in style, giving Chisnall, the 2010 BDO World Championship runner-up, hope that he’s his hunt for one Can finally finish PDC Major television title.
Gerwyn Price reached his second consecutive semi-final in the Darts World Championship, knocking out Daryl Gurney in the final leg after Superchin hit back twice in straight sets.
Price, world number 3, who can replace Van Gerwen as world number 1 if he wins the title on Sunday, had to dig deep after beating the Derry man 2-0 and 4-2 in Leadership had gone.
Price stuck the double top in a nervous final leg after Gurney failed to design a dart for the match on Saturday night in order to set up an appointment with former BDO world champion Bunting.
With very little resistance from Gurney, Price took out the first two sentences. A 108 finish and a brilliant 13-dart leg seal the early lead, which he doubled as he stumbled three legs in a row in the second set.
After Gurney watched the Welshman claim the early advantage, he dug deeply to retreat back into the competition – and that should become an issue. He increased the stake and shot three 180s against the darts on the way to the third set.
A price-equivalent roar greeted Gurney’s first set, and by the time he prevailed against a high-class fourth set – after Price missed three darts on level – the race had become a best of five by five competitions on two sets apiece.
The Iceman showed all the skill and coolness under pressure that led him to three major TV titles this year to hit the legs in the fifth and sixth movements. Gurney had missed five darts for 2-2 in the fifth and was punished with a spectacular 143 finish. When Superchin missed a dart on top to win the sixth set, the Iceman 72 cleaned up and was back two sets.
But Gurney is a tough nut to crack. He has two big titles of his own and took another set without dropping a leg to withdraw within one. When he ran on five legs one after the other, he was about to enter a level competition, which he secured with a brilliant 12-dart leg.
And the decision maker followed the same pattern. Price took the lead with a 107 finish only to see Gurney finish with a 15th. 180 of the game and another 12-dart leg responded.
The pair split the next two to force the tie where Price reached the final four where he will go for a semi-final loss to eventual champions Peter Wright last year.
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