DAVE Chisnall lost the Ladbrokes Masters Final to first time winner Joe Cullen 11-9 after a nervy match.

The St Helens arrows ace had beaten Stephen Bunting, James Wade, Michael Smith and ended Jonny Clayton's Masters title defeat with an 11-7 semi-final success.

But his wait for a first televisided major title goes on.

It was a tight affair with Chisnall battling back from 5-2 down to go into the first break level.

Chisnall had shown his quality with a Bull, double 16 finish to make it 5-5.

The Bradford thrower took control to take the next three legs to make it 8-5.

But Chizzy was not giving up.

With the score on 10-8, nerves got to Cullen and he initially had four missed match darts to allow Chisnall to narrow it to a one-leg deficit.

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Cullen had further misses in a nervy last leg before finally securing his maiden TV title.

Chisnall suffered defeat in a ninth televised title of his career to mean his own wait for big-stage glory continues.

"Joe deserved to win that," admitted Chisnall. "It just wasn't there tonight - I didn't play that well but he let me in and I took my chances.

"The crowd were brilliant and I'll be back - I'll keep trying to win my first major and get the big trophy."