Power failure as 15-time World Darts Champion Taylor falls to Chisnall
As with every seismic shock in sport,those who were crammed into the Alexandra Palace on Tuesday will forever remember the night when Phil Taylor”s aura of invincibility was obliterated by Dave Chisnall.
The 31-year-old had toscrap his way through the PDC qualifying school 11 months ago in order to earn his Tour card.
His aim back in January was to earn enough money in 2011 to justi fy his decision to turn professional.
Shock result: Chisnall (left) is congratulated by Taylor
What he did not imagine even in his private musings was that he would become the first man in 19 stagings of the Ladbrokes PDC darts world championship to knock 15-times world champion Taylor out before the quarter-finals.
As the 4-1 scoreline indicated, Chisnall”s victory was not even close. He matched Taylor in the heaviness of scoring and when it came to the crucial doubles, the younger man held his nerve while, for once, Taylor”s deserted him.
Even when Taylor trailed 3-1, an air of inevitability still filtered among the capacity 2,500 Ally Pally crowd that the 51-year-old would emerge victorious in the end.
Power outage: Taylor shows his frustration during his 4-1 defeat to Chisnall
After all, the likes of Raymond van Barneveld and Mark Webster may have suffered early-round defeats, but Taylor has always been a darting icon above all that.
When he didn”t recover, stunned looks accompanied raucous cheers. Taylor, who is known at “The Power” said: “Dave battered me tonight. He was brilliant. He beat me fair and square, 4-1 is a ridiculous score, but I missed doubles at crucial times.
“If I had got them, it would have put him under pressure and maybe been a different story. The heat got to me on stage tonight, but I am not about to start making excuses. Dave handled the heat better than I did.
“But it”s not like I”m Ricky Hatton who”s been knocked out. I”ve just lost a darts match.”
For Chisnall, who now plays Andy Hamilton, it was the proudest moment of his career.
Two years ago, when he was still working in a darts shop in St Helens, he reached the final of the rival BDO world championship.
Now his ambition knows no bounds.
“Yes, I can win this tournament now”, he said. “This win won”t change how I prepare for my next match but yes, I will dream of it forever.
“I knew I was playing the best but when I got up there on stage I felt good.
“It was a massive thing to win the first set. Phil won the throw at bull in the practice room but gave me the darts, as he normally does. If he had had them, he might have won that first set and it would have been a totally different game then.
“There is still nothing wrong with his game but if other players are getting better, he might have noticed that.”