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Chisnall beats Van Gerwen 5-0 to reach semi-finals

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Van Gerwen could only average 98Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Date: 15 December 2020 – 3 January 2021Coverage: Daily reports on the BBC Sport website and app, plus live text coverage of the final on 3 JanuaryEighth seed Dave Chisnall produced a superb performance to stun world number one Michael van Gerwen 5-0 and reach the…

Dave Chisnall
Van Gerwen could only average 98
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Date: 15 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
Coverage: Daily reports on the BBC Sport website and app, plus live text coverage of the final on 3 January

Eighth seed Dave Chisnall produced a superb performance to stun world number one Michael van Gerwen 5-0 and reach the PDC World Championship semi-finals.

Chisnall had not beaten the three-time world champion in their last 27 matches but raced to a first world semi-final.

The 40-year-old averaged 107, hitting 14 180s, and faces two-time champion Gary Anderson in the last four.

Stephen Bunting will play Gerwyn Price in the other semi after Price edged Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney 5-4.

Chisnall produced finishes of 141 and 95 to take the opening set against Van Gerwen and had a total of three 100-plus checkouts, hitting 15 of 31 doubles.

He came within a whisker of a nine-dart leg, missing double 12, but calmly recorded an 80 to seal a famous victory, hitting double top with his first match dart.

“I said before that he was going to have to play well to beat me because I’ve been playing well,” Chisnall said. “I’ve been on the radar for the last few years. I know my own ability and I know I can win this.”

Saturday’s semi-final opponent will be 2015 and 2016 champion Anderson, who won 10 straight legs to beat Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-1.

“It was probably my best performance for a long time, maybe the last two years to be honest,” the Scotsman said.

In Friday’s first match, England’s Bunting beat Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski 5-3.

He will face Price in the opening semi-final after the Welshman saw off Gurney. Price was twice two sets ahead but the Northern Irishman claimed six successive legs to level at 4-4.

It went to the deciding leg and after Gurney was unable to find 108, Price took out double top with his first match dart.

“I was rubbish in the last three sets and was lucky to get over the line,” Price admitted.

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