Dave Chisnall produced a sensational comeback to progress to round two of the 2016 Unibet World Masters. Starved of a major title in his five years with the PDC, it looked although another opportunity had slipped through the grasp of the St Helen’s mans hands. Thornton had raced into an 8-0 lead, ruthless on double top, Chisnall faltering in all areas.
With the result all but confirmed and the pressure off Chisnall’s shoulders, he suddenly began to flow. Realing off leg after leg, putting an element of doubt in the Robert Thornton’s head. With every leg won the crowd cheered a little louder until by some miracle, Chizzy was level. Thornton threw first in the deciding leg but couldn’t pull through to claim the victory. Chisnall would not waste the opportunity and steamed on for a unbelievable triumph.
James Wade edged past Terry Jenkins to join Chisnall in round two. With both players being prolific on their doubles it was difficult to tell which way the pendulum would swing until the latter stages. Jenkins has managed to match ‘The Machine’ throughout the contest, but came up short in the final two legs. Wade will have to improve for the quarter finals but it is certainly an encouraging start from the 2014 World Master.
Peter Wright was pushed hard by World number 12 Ian White for a second round spot, but after reaching round two last term, Snakebite a considerable blow into the PDC’s premier players. Still without a major, many see this as an ideal opportunity to seal his first TV title, with 100+ averages and the crowd firmly on his side, Snakebite has to be seen as a threat.
Michael Smith exacted his revenge for his demoralising quarter final defeat in last months World Championship. Barney came from 3-1 behind that day to take his place in the semi-finals. But over this much shorter format, BullyBoy’s power scoring overpowered the Dutchman. Smith must have learned from his shock exit at Ally Pally, he would not make the same mistake twice, applying the finishing touches on double top.