Chisnall’s Brilliant Display at the Intwetten Baltic Sea Darts Open Sees Him Defeat Humphries in a Thrilling Final
Dave Chisnall started the 2023 PDC European Tour season with a bang by claiming his fourth European Tour title at the Intwetten Baltic Sea Darts Open in Kiel on Sunday night. The event saw a record-breaking number of maximums landed across the three days, but Chisnall emerged as the top player, winning the £30,000 top prize.
Chisnall overcame Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton on his route to the final, where he faced Luke Humphries. Humphries had won four European Tour titles in 2022 and was aiming to back up his No 1 seeding with another success. However, Chisnall proved too strong for him in an entertaining decider, winning 8-5.
Chisnall took the opening three legs without reply, capitalizing on four early missed doubles from Humphries to take command. Humphries hit back to level, but Chisnall pulled clear, landing legs of 12 and 13 darts to give himself breathing space. Although Humphries took the next leg to keep his hopes alive, Chisnall sealed glory with a 13-darter.
Chisnall’s average of 101.31 in the final was impressive, but it was bettered by his sensational 107.04 average to see off Gerwyn Price in the third round. He then edged past Martin Schindler in the quarter-finals before winning an extraordinary semi-final with Jonny Clayton.
Clayton hit back from 2-0 down to move 5-2 up, thanks to finishes of 122 and 120 in a five-leg burst. However, seven missed doubles in leg eight proved to be a turning point, and Chisnall took five legs in a row without missing a double to secure his spot in the final.
Chisnall was delighted with his victory, saying, “I’m playing good darts at the moment, and hopefully it continues. I love playing in front of German fans; they’ve been a great crowd and gave me so much respect.”
Humphries leaves Kiel with £12,000 as runner-up after suffering defeat in a European Tour final for the first time. The top seed was in fine form, but he couldn’t overcome Chisnall, who proved to be the better player on the night.
The event showcased some of the best darts players in the world, and fans were treated to a thrilling display of skill and talent. The tournament’s record-breaking number of maximums showed the level of play, and it bodes well for the rest of the PDC European Tour season. Fans can look forward to more exciting tournaments and fierce competition as the best players in the world battle it out for the top prizes.