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Chisnall outclassed by Phil Taylor in World Grand Prix final
ST HELENS darter Dave Chisnall had a Grand Prix final nightmare in Dublin when he came up against a white-hot Phil Taylor.
Chisnall, the seventh seed, had gone into the showpiece finale in good form but he failed to get into his stride against the darting legend on the big televised stage.
At times his body language said it all – and the ruthless Taylor, scenting his 11th Grand Prix title, was in no mood to take his foot off the St Helens man’s throat.
To show how comprehensive the defeat was, the match went as far as the first leg of the fourth set before Chisnall even had a crack at a finish – a failed attempt at bull.
And once again Taylor was waiting to take advantage.
Chisnall started his sets poorly and did not rattle in his trademark high scores, with his first maximum coming in the third leg of the sixth set.
And to show Chisnall was having one of those nights, he even managed to dislodge one of his own treble 20s.
It took until the opening leg of the sixth set for Chisnall to get off the mark, with Taylor this time failing to get his starting double.
But Taylor bounced back straight away and then checked out with two treble 19s and bull for a 164 finish.
Showing some late spirit Chisnall broke Taylor's throw to take a second leg, but the Stoke man was not letting this slip.
To show how comprehensive the defeat was Taylor won six sets to nil, winning 18 legs to Chisnall's 2 to take the £100,000 prize.