Mendham’s Peter Wright kept his William Hill World Darts Championship hopes alive after edging past Dave Chisnall in a thrilling third round clash tonight, writes Alex Moss.
The two Premier League stars both averaged over 100 in a high quality contest at London’s Alexandra Palace, but it was Wright who progressed through to Friday’s quarter-finals after winning the final set 6-4 on a tiebreak.
The world number four was quick off the blocks to break Chisnall’s throw with an 11 dart leg, before losing out in a deciding leg to fall a set behind.
Wright powered back to take the second set 3-0 and level the match, but Chisnall then returned the favour to take set three in consecutive legs.
The 2014 world finalist responded to win the fourth set 3-1 and level again at 2-2, before Chisnall moved to within a set of victory by winning the fifth set by the same scoreline.
A nervy sixth set went all the way to a deciding leg where Wright held firm to take the match to a final set.
Wright then gained a crucial break in the third leg to throw for the match, but after leaving 46 to win Chisnall took out 68 with his last dart to force a tiebreak.
A missed dart at double 12 for a 138 checkout proved costly as Wright fell 3-2 behind, however after Chisnall spurned one match dart in the next leg, ‘Snakebite’ showed great bottle to hit double eight with his last dart to keep his World Championship hopes alive.
Wright produced a stunning 127 checkout to break the Chisnall throw again and go 4-3 up, but ‘Chizzy’ fought back by taking out 130 after the Mendham thrower had missed one dart to seal the victory.
In leg nine Chisnall missed two darts at double 18 and Wright finished off 64 to once again throw for the match, and this time he capitalised, with double six securing him the final set 6-4 to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with Adrian Lewis on Friday.