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Booing crowd mars Dave Chisnall match as he exits World Series of Darts

Dave Chisnall in action at the World Series of Darts

Morecambe-based darts ace Dave Chisnall was knocked out of the televised World Series of Darts as a booing crowd marred his match with Joe Cullen.

Chizzy strangely suffered boos from the Dutch audience as he went for eight match darts to knock out Cullen in the second round, missing them all.

Cullen then came back from 5-2 down to win 6-5 against the Morecambe man, who had earlier seen off Jamie Hughes 6-3 in the first round of the 24-player Amsterdam event, aired on ITV3 and ITV4.

Chizzy averaged 98 and landed three maximum 180s in an impressive display against Hughes.

But against Cullen, despite back-to-back 14-dart legs to open up a clear lead, the wheels came off as the crowd booed while he lined up his doubles to win the match, cheering when he missed.

As Chisnall is usually one of the most popular players with darts crowds all over the world, the behaviour of the crowd was extremely strange.

Cullen had words of support for his opponent following his win.

He told Dartsnews.com: "I felt terrible going up, the feeling within I just felt like I wasn't ready to play. I somehow won so it was a strange one. I found it strange when they were booing Chizzy going for the match doubles but I think that really affected him. It's not my problem, my job is to win games.

"If he's playing a Dutch guy, it's not excusable but as a player you come to expect it. It was just weird, two English guys. Not booed the whole game and then all of a sudden when he has match darts, they boo."

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