Baxter Progresses to Championship League Winners Group

Ronnie Baxter came out on top in Group Three of Championship League Darts thanks to an exciting 6-5 victory over debutant Dave Chisnall in the final.

Baxter, who reached the semi-finals of the Betfair World Matchplay in July, takes his place in the Winners Group on November 1 alongside Wes Newton and Justin Pipe, who triumphed in Groups One and Two earlier this week.

The Blackpool man made a slow start after losing his first two league matches of the day, but found his form as he won four of his remaining five league matches, including a 6-4 victory against Phil Taylor in his final round of games, to claim a semi-final place.

Having finished fourth in the table, Baxter made amends for his league defeat to Mark Walsh by defeating the Hertfordshire man 6-3 before edging out Chisnall in a deciding leg in the final.

Chisnall made a good start to the final by breaking his opponent’s throw in the first leg only for Baxter to hit back and win the next two and lead 2-1.

Chisnall, who defeated Baxter 6-4 in the league phase, then hit a ‘showpiece’ 92 finish comprising of single 20, double 18, double 18 to win the fourth leg, and he hit the same double to convert a 96 checkout to lead 3-2.

Chisnall then produced a fantastic 170 checkout to move 4-2 ahead before Baxter won his first leg in four by taking out a 107 finish.

Baxter then levelled the game by hitting a pressure double nine with his third, dart but Chisnall moved one leg away from victory by taking out 57 in two darts.

However, Baxter produced an excellent 14-darter to force a deciding leg, which he won by hitting double five to earn his Winners Group spot.

Chisnall, making his debut in Championship League Darts, produced a fine display on the day which included an incredible 42 maximums in his nine matches – including 39 in his seven league games.

Chisnall defeated World Champion Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson on his way to finishing third in the league table, before defeating Simon Whitlock in the semi-finals with a fine 6-2 victory.

Chisnall will return to Championship League Darts action next month to compete in Group Four of alongside Walsh, Whitlock and Taylor, who had to settle for fifth place having lost four of his seven league matches during the course of the day.

Terry Jenkins will also return to the Crondon Park Golf Club next month after a 6-4 victory over Gary Anderson in his final league match confirmed his status and eliminate the Scotsman in the process.

Along with Anderson, Adrian Lewis was also eliminated as the two-time World Champion won just two matches on the day.

Group Four of Championship League Darts will take place on October 16 following the World Grand Prix, when last year’s runner-up Paul Nicholson enters the fray along with Dutchman Vincent van der Voort and Mervyn King, another former finalist in the £200,000 tournament.

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Championship League Darts
Group Three Results

Board One Board Two
Phil Taylor 4-6 Adrian Lewis Ronnie Baxter 3-6 Mark Walsh
Terry Jenkins 6-5 Dave Chisnall Gary Anderson 4-6 Simon Whitlock
Mark Walsh 6-2 Phil Taylor Adrian Lewis 6-1 Ronnie Baxter
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Terry Jenkins Dave Chisnall 6-5 Gary Anderson
Mark Walsh 2-6 Gary Anderson Phil Taylor 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Simon Whitlock 3-6 Ronnie Baxter Adrian Lewis 5-6 Terry Jenkins
Gary Anderson 5-6 Phil Taylor Mark Walsh 3-6 Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis 3-6 Simon Whitlock Ronnie Baxter 6-1 Terry Jenkins
Ronnie Baxter 6-4 Gary Anderson Terry Jenkins 1-6 Phil Taylor
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Adrian Lewis Simon Whitlock 4-6 Mark Walsh
Terry Jenkins 1-6 Mark Walsh Adrian Lewis 5-6 Gary Anderson
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Ronnie Baxter Phil Taylor 1-6 Simon Whitlock
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Dave Chisnall Gary Anderson 4-6 Terry Jenkins
Ronnie Baxter 6-4 Phil Taylor Mark Walsh 6-3 Adrian Lewis
Mark Walsh 3-6 Ronnie Baxter Simon Whitlock 2-6 Dave Chisnall
Ronnie Baxter 6-5 Dave Chisnall  

Group Three League Table & Prize Money

  Pl W L Won Lost Leg +/- £Won Pts Total £Won
Mark Walsh 7 5 2 35 25 +10 £1750 10 £2050
Simon Whitlock 7 5 2 37 28 +9 £1850 10 £2050
Dave Chisnall 7 4 3 39 35 +4 £1950 8 £3050
Ronnie Baxter 7 4 3 32 30 +2 £1600 8 £2800
Phil Taylor 7 3 4 29 35 -6 £1450 6  
Terry Jenkins 7 3 4! 24 38 -14 £1200 6  
Adrian Lewis 7 2 5 33 35 -2 £1650 4  
Gary Anderson 7 2 5 34 37 -3 £1700 4  

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