Chisnall and White take spoils in Barnsley
Dave Chisnall continued his fine form with victory in the seventh Players Championship event of the season in Barnsley on Saturday whilst Ian White took won the eighth the following day, the first PDC title of his career.
Chizzy followed up his win at the German Darts Championship with some stunning performances in South Yorkshire including wins over Mervyn King, Simon Whitlock and then Peter Wright in the final to pick up the £10,000 which has taken him above Wes Newton into seventh in the Order of Merit.
White then stole the show on Sunday with wins over Whitlock, Joe Cullen, Wayne Jones and a thrashing of Adrian Lewis early on and his weekend’s work has edged him closer to the top 16 as he moves into 23rd.
Chisnall is now undoubtedly one of the most dangerous players on the planet and his odds for the forthcoming German Darts Masters have been slashed to a best price of 18/1 with Bet365 making him fifth favourite behind Whitlock, Lewis, Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor who remains the man to beat and heads to Germany at 3/1 with Boyle Sports. White’s odds have shrunk as well but he is still as long as 66/1 again with Boyle Sports.
The next major tournament on the PDC calendar is the World Grand Prix next month and Chisnall could prove tremendous value at 33/1 with Sky Bet for the first major title of his career.
Qualification for that comes to an end after the German Darts Masters and there are still plenty of places up for grabs with the likes of Dennis and Michael Smith trying to crash the party by picking up some prize money in Sindelfingen.
Other news coming out of the PDC this Monday is that the Championship League groups have been announced with the first group seeing Taylor, Van Gerwen, Lewis, Whitlock, James Wade, Andy Hamilton, Chisnall and Wes Newton square off to be joined by 21 other players over the competition.