Michael van Gerwen WHITEWASHED by Dave Chisnall as world number one sent crashing OUT of World Darts Championship

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Dave Chisnall produced the performance of his career to demolish Michael van Gerwen and reach the semi-finals of the PDC World Championship.

The man from St Helens averaged 107.34 and hit 14 maximums as he whitewashed world number one and three-time champion Van Gerwen 5-0.

Chizzy celebrates his stunning win at Alexandra Palace

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Chizzy celebrates his stunning win at Alexandra Palace

It was a simply stunning display from Chisnall, who had not beaten Van Gerwen in his previous 27 attempts.

He banks himself £100,000 for ending that hoodoo and moves into the last four for the first time, where he will face two-time winner Gary Anderson.

Stephen Bunting and Gerwyn Price will face off in the other semi-final.

Van Gerwen was the red hot favourite to triumph at Alexandra Palace, but simply had no answer to Chisnall’s brilliance.

It is the first time he has lost to nil at the tournament since Phil Taylor thrashed him 4-0 in 2009 – when he was in his teens.

Van Gerwen was simply outclassed by the Brit

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Van Gerwen was simply outclassed by the Brit

“It was one of those performances from Dave that can happen once in a lifetime,” declared Wayne Mardle in the commentary box.

Despite his disappointment at falling short in his search for a fourth world title, Van Gerwen was gracious in defeat.

He even posed for a photo with the victor after the match, with Chisnall describing the Dutchman as ‘an absolute gentleman’.

Van Gerwen conceded the best man won, saying: “It was a difficult match, I knew that before and when Dave is in form you have to work hard to beat him but I didn’t show up.

“I let myself down and I’m gutted, it’s something to think about in the next few days. It’s the best Dave’s ever played, fair play to him.”

Chisnall, meanwhile, was on top of the moon.

He beamed: “I’m so proud.

“I’ve been playing well for the last three or four weeks. This morning when I woke up, I was confident.

“He didn’t play at his best, he was going above the treble. I’ve been under the radar for the last two years.”


You can listen to live and exclusive coverage of the darts semi-finals on talkSPORT 2 on Saturday





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