Double trouble for Dean Winstanley

OUT: Dean Winstanley exited the World Grand Prix in the first round.
OUT: Dean Winstanley exited the World Grand Prix in the first round.

MISSED doubles once again cost Dean Winstanley as his first appearance at the World Grand Prix ended in the first round.

Winstanley lost 2-1 to Dave Chisnall in the deciding leg, missing two darts at double top to take the match.

The Swinton-born ace struggled in the early part of the match with the ‘double-in’ format proving particularly tricky.

St Helens’ Chisnall looked incredibly comfortable as he strolled to a 3-0 win with Winstanley missing several opportunities to get off the mark.

When it looked like the match was slipping beyond him, Winstanley landed tops to take the first leg of the second set.

Chisnall hit back but began to look shaky, affording Winstanley the chance to miss three darts at double four and still finish on double two.

Big scoring from Chisnall moved him a leg away from victory.

But double trouble struck both men – Winstanley again allowed to miss three darts at a double by Chisnall and still win the leg to level the match.

The two exchanged legs in the final set, handing Chisnall the opportunity to throw for the match.

Chisnall missed four darts at a double only for Winstanley to miss two to let the Lancashire thrower in for the win.

Winstanley remains on course to qualify for the PDC World Championship.