MICHAEL VAN GERWEN can book his Eurotunnel ticket home after his WORST ever performance at Ally Pally against an inspired Dave Chisnall.
The world No 1 will be on the road home tomorrow morning after being humiliated 5-0 in the quarter-finals of the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship.
You have to consult the history books to find the last time he was humbled, well embarrassed in such a manner.
It is the first time since losing 4-0 as a teenager to Phil Taylor back in December 2008 that he had failed to win at least one set at this level.
The Dutchman, the bookies’ favourite to win a fourth Sid Waddell trophy on Sunday, was outclassed and outgunned by unheralded Chizzy.
For the St Helens thrower, it is his best result at this level since a famous giant-killing act against Taylor nine years ago but this triumph banks him a £100,000 pay cheque.
It also grants him the chance against Gary Anderson on Saturday evening to qualify for a first world final since his appearance in the Lakeside showpiece 10 years ago.
It’s fair to say Chizzy had a good kip on New Year’s Eve because he was peppering the treble 20 bed for fun in the opening two sets as he moved 2-0 ahead.
In comparison Van Gerwen had only hit ONE maximum in the first nine legs.
The 40-year-old hit all three of his doubles in the first set, knocking out an extraordinary 112 average and taking out a brilliant 141.
Van Gerwen quickly realised that like the Joe Cullen Last 16 tussle, he was in a real fight here.
Whatever he did was best matched and bettered by the relentless Chisnall, who raced into a 4-0 lead, and also came within millimetres of a nine-darter.
There was no let-up from Chisnall, taking out 130 on a Bullseye finish and then clinching the match on double 20.
Chisnall averaged the match with a 107.34 average – almost 10 points more than Mighty Mike – and enjoyed 14 180s.
It might have been the first day of the New Year but already we have had one almighty shock.
Chisnall said: “I am so proud. I have practised and played well for the last 3-4 weeks.
“I put the effort in, changed my points to a little bit smaller. They were flicking and coming out of the board before. I have worked on it.
“When I woke up I was confident again, sitting in my hotel room watching the TV. I came down and said to my manager Roger: ‘He will have to play well to beat me, I am throwing well.’
“To be fair I have been under the radar for the last two years.
“What I did well last year was defend what I needed to and remained in the top 10.
“I was terrible at the Grand Slam of Darts. The darts were flicking, and I couldn’t get that out of my head for a long time.
“I want this, I want it more than anybody else. I know my own ability, I am playing well and I can win this.
“He didn’t play at his best. My first dart was going all the time. He struggled. I was banging in the 140s, 180s consistently.
“If I play like that tonight, and Gary does, too, it will be one hell of a game, lots of 180s, and that is what fans want.
“I will have a few tinnies tonight and then go to bed at 12am.
“I have all day to relax. The bad thing there is no darts tomorrow afternoon so I will have to watch the racing instead.”
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