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Van Gerwen stunned by Chisnall as Gurney also crashes out at Ally Pally

The world number one suffered a 5-0 defeat in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship.

Dave Chisnall en route to a resounding victory over Michael van Gerwen this evening at Alexandra Palace.
Dave Chisnall en route to a resounding victory over Michael van Gerwen this evening at Alexandra Palace.
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DAVE CHISNALL SENT Michael Van Gerwen crashing out of the PDC World Championship with a shock 5-0 victory over the world number one in this evening’s quarter-finals.

A superb display from Chisnall at Alexandra Palace saw him average 107.34 and hit 14 180s as he whitewashed three-time champion Van Gerwen and moved into the semi-finals of the competition for the first time.

Chisnall’s last-four opponent will be two-time winner Gary Anderson, while the other semi-final will be between Gerwyn Price – who beat Derry’s Daryl Gurney – and Stephen Bunting.

The emphatic win by world number eight Chisnall – who almost registered a nine-dart leg, only missing a double 12 – ended a run of 27 matches without a victory over Van Gerwen.

The 40-year-old Englishman told Sky Sports: “I’m so proud. I’ve been practising well, I’ve been playing well I’d say for the last three, four weeks. I have put the effort in. I changed my points to a little bit smaller.

“I was confident against Dimitri (Van Den Burgh in the previous round) and this morning when I woke up I was confident again, just sitting in my hotel room watching the TV.

“I want it (the world title) more than anybody else does. I know my own ability, I know I’m playing well. I can win this.”

Defeat left Van Gerwen “absolutely devastated”. He added on Twitter: “I didn’t show up at all this evening and let myself down. For some reason it just never happened up there.

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“Full credit to @ChizzyChisnall who was outstanding all game, and wish him luck for the rest of the tournament. Thank you for the support.”

william-hill-world-darts-championship-202021-day-fourteen-alexandra-palace There was disappointment for Daryl Gurney against Gerwyn Price. Source: PA

Wales’ world number three Price reached his second successive semi-final as he beat Daryl Gurney 5-4.

Gurney came from 4-2 down to force a sudden death leg but Price prevailed. 

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