Adrian Lewis takes first ProTour title of 2017 with win over Dave Chisnall
Last Updated: 02/04/17 9:50pm
Adrian Lewis clinched his first ProTour title of the year as he produced a superb display to beat Dave Chisnall 6-2 and win Players Championship Five at Arena MK in Milton Keynes.
Lewis kicked off the final with some audacious darts and landed a breath-taking 164 checkout to storm into a 2-0 lead. He then moved three ahead before Chisnall got a foothold in the game.
Despite a spirited response, St Helens star Chisnall was rarely in the final as the two-time World Champion produced some of his strongest darts.
A neat 122 checkout from Chisnall gave him a chink of light but he was unable to claw back against his Stoke counterpart, who missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish in what proved to be the final leg as he secured the £10,000 top prize.
Lewis' best performance of the day came in a stunning 6-5 semi-final victory over Michael van Gerwen, a game which saw an incredible 13 180s and another miss at double 12 for a nine-darter - this time from the World Champion.
Lewis kicked off the day with a narrow 6-5 victory over Benito van de Pas, before beating Andy Hamilton, Justin Pipe and Peter Jacques.
Another 11-leg victory followed in the quarter-finals against Richard North - who was enjoying one of his best runs on the PDC ProTour - before Lewis saw off Betway Premier League rivals Van Gerwen and Chisnall for glory.
Chisnall's run to the final saw him narrowly edge past Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 in the opening round, before seeing off Andy Jenkins and John Henderson to reach the last 16.
There he beat Mickey Mansell before whitewashing Mark Webster to reach the final four. A dominant 6-3 victory over Alan Norris meant Chisnall booked his place in his first Players Championship final since the final event of 2016.
It was another strong run for Van Gerwen on the floor, but his wait for a Players Championship title in 2017 goes on, having now fallen at the semi-final stage on two occasions.
Norris' strong form continued. Having clinched Players Championship One in Barnsley, he also made the semi-finals at the Coral UK Open before his run to the last four in Milton Keynes.
He edged out Rowby-John Rodriguez in his opening game, before making light work of Ronnie Baxter and Adam Hunt as he reached the last 16. Victories over Gerwyn Price and Steve Beaton followed, before losing out to Chisnall at the penultimate hurdle.