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Chizzy pays heavy price for missed chances
12:01pm Monday 16th December 2013 in Sport
JOHN HENDERSON came through an incredible five-set battle to send world number seven Dave Chisnall crashing out of the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.
Henderson took the first two sets and was within touching distance of a straight sets win before Chisnall came roaring back to win the next five legs and force a deciding set.
The number seven seed held the initiative in the decider, but let four darts to win the match slip away and Henderson held his nerve to claim a famous victory.
"I feel speechless at this moment. I'm just so relieved to have won," said a delighted Henderson.
"Even at two sets up I knew that Dave would really come back at me which he did and I felt my chance may have gone.
"Somehow I managed to stick in during the deciding set and I've now got my first win on this great stage. I would have to class this as my biggest win."
Henderson won the opening two legs of the match only for Chisnall to reply and claim the next two, and the number seven seed looked on course to take the set in the deciding leg.
However, Henderson stunned his opponent with a brilliant 122 checkout to take the first set before doubling his advantage by taking the second without reply, including a party-piece 132 checkout of two bullseyes and double 16.
Chisnall was 2-1 down in the third set and a leg away from going out but found double 18 to his liking as he hit the bed in five successive legs to force a deciding set.
The fifth set proved to be a dramatic affair as Chisnall missed three chances to win the match in the fourth leg and was off-target with another match dart, at the bullseye, in the sixth.
Those errors proved to be expensive for the World Grand Prix finalist as Henderson won the decider 5-3 in the tie-breaker to progress to the second round.
First Set 0-1 - Henderson registers a 180 with his first three darts of the match but misses a dart at double 16 for a 12-darter. However, Chisnall fails with two attempts to hold throw and Henderson returns to hit double eight.
0-2 - The Scotsman continues the good start as he hits double 20 for a 14-dart finish.
1-2 - Chisnall fires in a 180 and wins the leg on double 16 thanks to an accurate third dart.
2-2 - The St Helens star hits another 180 but Henderson is to a finish first. However, a missed dart at double top to win the set sees Chisnall take out an excellent 83 finish on the bullseye.
2-3 - A dramatic deciding leg sees Chisnall hit a third 180 in as many legs to leave 32 only for Henderson to respond to respond with a superb 122 checkout, completed on the bullseye.
Second Set 0-1 - Chisnall kicks- ff with a maximum but two missed darts at double 16 are expensive as Henderson takes out a 72 finish on double six.
0-2 - The world number seven hits a 180 for the fifth leg running, but five missed darts at tops allow the Scotsman take his opportunity in style as he takes a fabulous 132 checkout courtesy of two perfect shots at the bullseye followed by double 16 to stun his opponent.
0-3 - Henderson is off-target with one shot at double 18 for the set, but Chisnall fails with two more attempts at double top and Henderson lands double nine to leave the number seed in trouble at two sets down.
Third Set 1-0 - Chisnall hits double four with a pressure third dart to make positive opening to set three.
1-1 - Henderson records his third 180 of the game and goes on to take out 82 on tops for an excellent 12-darter.
1-2 - Chisnall hits another maximum but a missed attempt at double 18 gives Henderson a shot at 80 which he takes out on double ten to go a leg away from victory.
2-2 - Both players struggle to find their range before Chisnall breaks the tension with a 150 score to leave 36, which he converts at the first attempt on double 18.
3-2 - Chisnall shows his class under pressure as he hits consecutive 140s before landing double 18 once again, for a 121 finish.
Fourth Set 1-0 - Chisnall continues the form of the previous set with scores of 180, 100, 140 and hitting double 18 for a third leg running for a 13-dart finish to break throw.
2-0 - The World Grand Prix runner-up finds the double 18 bed once again to convert a 99 finish after Henderson had hit a 180.
3-0 - Chisnall lands a ninth 180 before adding scores of 140 and 145 and hitting double 18 for a fifth leg in a row to complete a superb 11-darter.
Fifth Set 1-0 - Chisnall fires in his tenth maximum and takes a 70 finish on double top after Henderson missed a dart at the bullseye for a 121 checkout.
1-1 - The Scotsman stops the rot as he takes out 61 in just two-darts to win his first leg in seven.
2-1 - Chisnall takes out 50 on his faithful double 18 to move a leg away from a remarkable comeback victory.
2-2 - An 11th maximum puts Chisnall in command of the leg, but three darts to win the match go begging and the Scotsman hits double ten.
3-2 - Henderson hits a 180 but fails with three chances to break throw and Chisnall holds his nerve to hit double top with an accurate third dart.
3-3 - Chisnall is just off-target with an attempt at the bullseye for a 135 checkout to win the match. The world number is then left stunned as his opponent takes out 113 on double top to level.
3-4 - The nerves are really showing as both players miss two opportunties to win the leg before Henderson hits double nine to break throw.
3-5 - Henderson hits a timely 180 and goes on take out a 67 finish to end Chisnall's World Championship hopes for another year.