Grand Slam of Darts: Phil Taylor beats Dave Chisnall in Wolverhampton to lift sixth title
Last Updated: 02/12/14 9:20pm
Phil Taylor won his sixth Grand Slam of Darts title with a 16-13 victory over Dave Chisnall at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
'The Power' sunk double 10 to lift the £100,000 winner’s cheque, while Chisnall received £50,000 for his efforts.
It looked like it would be plain sailing for the 16-times world champion after Taylor raced into a 5-0 lead at the first break.
It's been both ways tonight. This lad doesn't give up. In his mind he's not going to lose. Incredible player.
However Chisnall, going for his first ever PDC major, hit back, landing tops with his first dart at a double in the match to hold his throw and then he took out a 110 checkout with double 18 to break Taylor.
In the next leg, Chisnall hit two treble 19s but missed double six and Taylor made him pay, firing a 105 with double 16 to move 6-2 up.
But Chisnall broke straight back, making double 19 after Taylor had missed Shanghai on tops, but 'The Power' took out double 19 to move 7-3 up.
Taylor hit double 10 to hold but he missed the bull and Chisnall nailed a 70 checkout in two darts to stay in contention. The pair held for the next two legs to make it 9-5 before Chisnall took out a wonderful 141 finish to go into the next break just 9-6 down.
Chisnall then missed double eight but Taylor could not take out 130 and Chisnall sunk double four to reduce the deficit to two legs.
Both players missed doubles in the next before Chisnall took out double two to break and then hit tops to level – having taken five legs on the trot.
Stop the rot
Taylor landed a 57 checkout with tops to stop the rot and move back ahead, but Chisnall made double four to level at 10-10 going into the break.
Taylor came back to the oche in determined mood, upping his game to win the next five legs before Chisnall finally sunk double 17 to hold and stay alive.
Taylor then missed two darts at double 16 to win and Chisnall stayed calm to fire home a 85 checkout in two darts - treble 15 and tops – to break and move 15-12 behind before holding with double four to move to within two legs of Taylor.
However, Taylor held his nerve to win his sixth title after Chisnall missed a 124 checkout.
A relieved Taylor told Sky Sports: "That was very, very tough - his 180s. In my mind I'm thinking I'm 5-0 up and 9-3 or something like that. He's hitting 180s and 140s as he does.
"I'm thinking I've only got to do seven legs, but he just kept coming back and coming back and he drew level and then his confidence was sky high.
"I was thinking 'he can't keep doing this surely', but he can if that makes sense. It was a case of slowing down, taking a big breath and ignoring him really. The crowd were getting on his side.
"It's been both ways tonight. This lad doesn't give up. In his mind he's not going to lose. Incredible player."