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Second darts title in a week for Morecambe’s Dave Chisnall

Dave Chisnall celebrated his second PDC ranking title in the space of five days with another victory against Luke Humphries in the Players Championship 23 final in Barnsley.

Chisnall, who denied Humphries in Sunday's Hungarian Darts Trophy showpiece to win his third European title of the season, secured the win at Barnsley Metrodome to secure his first Players Championship title of 2023.


Third European title of season for Morecambe’s Dave Chisnall after thrilling final

Chizzy ended with a 103 average and nine maximums in a high-quality final against world number six Humphries.

Chisnall fired in six perfect darts on his way to a 3-0 lead, and he left himself on 36 after just nine darts in leg four as he began to dominate.

Humphries broke back in leg five, only for the Morecambe man to produce a ‘double-double’ 93 checkout.

Despite firing in back-to-back 180s in leg nine, Humphries saw Chisnall move a leg away from victory with a 66 checkout, before completing an 8-3 victory.

“I played well today,” reflected Chisnall, speaking afterwards to PDC TV.

“I got a good lead against Luke there and I didn’t let it slip. I was scoring very well, and even when I lost legs, they were legs I should have won.

“With the way I’m playing, I think I’m due a big title, and it could be next week at the World Grand Prix.”

Chisnall was in excellent form at the Barnsley Metrodome, averaging over 100 across his seven matches and crashing in 32 maximums throughout his campaign.

However, after an easy win over Tony Martinez in his opener, he was handed a major reprieve in round two, surviving four match darts as he beat Jim Williams.

Chisnall then averaged 106 in his third round demolition of Richard Veenstra, and he later ended Stephen Burton’s hopes to progress to the quarter-finals.

The two-time World Grand Prix runner-up then posted another ton-plus average in his last eight whitewash of Brendan Dolan, before edging out Christian Kist in the semi-finals.

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