ROBERT THORNTON 10 – 4 Dave Chisnall
Robert Thornton continued his remarkable run at the Reebok Stadium, winning through to the final with a sensational 10-4 triumph over much-fancied Dave Chisnall on Sunday night.
‘The Thorn’ who had already beaten Mark Webster, Gary Anderson, Dennis Priestley and Wez Newton en route to the last four, added ‘Chizzy’ to his list of scalps, hitting six 180’s in the process.
Chisnall held his throw in the opening leg before ‘The Thorn’ took out 76 in clinical fashion to go level.
‘Chizzy’ held again, taking out 112 before Thornton hit double 12 to make it two legs apiece.
The Scotsman then grabbed a break of throw in a brilliant leg, hitting two 180’s before taking out 58 to take the lead for the first time.
Thornton kicked off the sixth leg with a third maximum, and almost ended it with a maximum checkout, but just missed the bull for a 170.
He cleaned up the remaining 45, however, opening up a two leg cushion.
The Scotsman was most definitely flying as he hammered in his fourth 180 of the match, before hitting double 19 for another break of throw.
‘Chizzy’ hit back with his first break of throw after Thornton failed to get himself out of the madhouse, missing five darts at double one.
He continued to show his resilience, however, going off 140, 140 in the next leg, which he won against the throw, with a brilliant 95 checkout on the bull.
Chisnall missed two darts to break straight back again before Thornton took out 78 to go 7-3 in front.
Thornton grabbed another break, taking out 60 to go five legs ahead. He hit another 180 in the next leg, before hitting double ten to move within a leg of victory.
The Scotsman hit his sixth maximum of the match in the 13th leg, but Chisnall managed to hold.
He got the job done in the next leg though, taking out 56 to set up a final clash with Phil Taylor.
By Chris Murphy