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Dave Chisnall over first World Darts Championship hurdle
4:24pm Sunday 16th December 2012 in Sport
DAVE CHISNALL set up a last 32 clash against Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney courtesy of a straight-sets victory over s Shane Tichowitsch in the first round of the 2013 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.
The scoreline did not tell the whole story of the match as the Australian left-hander produced a fine performance which included checkouts of 144 and 161.
Chisnall, however, hit the vital doubles to edge the first two sets before ending the Australian's hopes of progression.
Tichowitsch, making his second appearance at Alexandra Palace, won the first leg against the darts before Chisnall immediately broke back by hitting double 12.
Both players produced high-quality darts in the third leg as they began with 180s, and Tichowitsch left 28 after 12 darts only to see Chisnall convert an excellent 93 finish.
The St Helens ace kicked-off leg four with another maximum, but two missed darts at double top to win the set proved costly as the Australian managed to hit double ten.
Chisnall, who was conqueror of Phil Taylor in last year's event, made no mistake in the deciding leg as he completed a 13-dart finish on double 18 to secure an early advantage.
Tichowitsch fired in a superb 144 checkout to begin the second set before Chisnall levelled by taking the second leg on double nine.
Chisnall finished 65 in two darts to win the third leg, before Tichowitsch produced more fantastic finishing by taking out a 161 checkout to force a deciding leg.
The Australian held the advantage of throw in the fifth leg, but Chisnall gained the initiative and a successful attempt at double 18 put the number 12 seed two sets clear.
Chisnall defied a 180 from Tichowitsch to win the first leg of the third set on double four before the Australian levelled by hitting tops at the first time of asking.
Chisnall completed an 85 finish on the bullseye to move a leg away from victory, which was duly secured as he hit double eight at the first attempt to progress to round two.
"Shane played a really good game tonight, and I had to dig in and play well to come through it," said Chisnall.
"The 161 checkout he produced was brilliant and he probably deserved more than he got, but I'm happy to get the win and I'll look forward to playing Daryl in the next round."