WES NEWTON won through to the Championship League Darts Winners Group at the third time of asking as he defeated Dave Chisnall 6-4 in Thursday's Group Three final of the internet-streamed event. The Fleetwood ace had been a semi-finalist in Tuesday's Group One of the £200,000 tournament before finishing sixth in the Group Two table, but went all the way in Group Three to seal a place in October's big-money Winners Group.
Newton won four of his seven league games to finish in third place in the eight-player league table, but produced some superb finishing to defeat Kim Huybrechts 6-3 in their semi-final - hitting finishes of 150 and 126 at key moments in winning four straight legs from 3-2 down.
He then proved the stronger in the final against Chisnall, who had also competed in the previous two days of action at Crondon Park GC in Essex.
Chisnall actually led in the final, winning the opening leg on tops, but Newton hit the same bed to level and then finished 83 to punish misses from the St Helens ace to move 2-1 up.
Chisnall landed double 16 to level at two-all, but Newton - like in his semi-final - produced a killer blow as he finished 121 on the bull and tops to move 4-2 up.
The world number seven again replied, finishing 103 and double five to level, but Newton hit tops to move back in front and sealed victory by landing double six for a 14-darter.
Chisnall will now return to compete in Group Four after next month's partypoker.com World Grand Prix, having produced a brilliant second half of the day to reach the Play-Offs.
He had lost his opening four matches, but only dropped four legs in his final three games as he snatched fourth place ahead of Mervyn King and Kevin Painter.
Chisnall then came from 4-2 down to win 6-4 against Michael van Gerwen in his semi-final, claiming victory with a 112 finish as he punished the Dutchman for a string of missed doubles.
Van Gerwen had topped the Group Three league table with six wins from his seven games, including an outstanding 113 average in a 6-1 win over Chisnall during the league stage.
The world number two also hit a 110 average in his only league defeat as he went down to Huybrechts, who hit six 180s and a 107 average in a 6-4 triumph during a superb Championship League Darts debut.
The Belgian won his opening four games in impressive style and also won six of his seven league games, but his semi-final defeat means that he returns for Group Four next month.
King's 6-3 win over Newton in the final round of league games saw him avoid elimination at the expense of Brendan Dolan, who played some fine darts on the day but was knocked out along with Adrian Lewis.
World number three Lewis had been the runner-up in Group One, but picked up just one victory on Thursday as he was knocked out, although he claimed £5,900 prize money for his three days in the event.
The tournament will resume following the partypoker.com World Grand Prix with Group Four on Tuesday October 15, as Terry Jenkins, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson join Thursday's five survivors, with Group Five and Group Six following in the next three days of the event.
Group Seven will be held on Tuesday October 22, with Group Eight on Wednesday October 23 before the big-money Winners Group is held on Thursday October 24.
There will be one change for Group Eight, with Colin Osborne, the 2009 Championship League Darts winner, coming in to replace Vincent van der Voort, who has withdrawn from the event due to a potential clash of the Winners Group with the Host Nation Qualifier for the Dutch Darts Masters European Tour event should he have progressed through his group.
Prize money is paid at £50 per leg won in the league phase as the eight players meet each other once, before prize money rises to £100 per leg in the Play-Offs.
2013 Championship League Darts
Group Three Results
|Board One||Board Two|
|Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Adrian Lewis||Brendan Dolan 4-6 Kim Huybrechts|
|Kevin Painter 6-4 Mervyn King||Dave Chisnall 4-6 Wes Newton|
|Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Michael van Gerwen||Adrian Lewis 4-6 Brendan Dolan|
|Wes Newton 5-6 Kevin Painter||Mervyn King 6-1 Dave Chisnall|
|Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Dave Chisnall||Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Mervyn King|
|Wes Newton 6-4 Brendan Dolan||Adrian Lewis 6-1 Kevin Painter|
|Dave Chisnall 1-6 Michael van Gerwen||Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Mervyn King|
|Adrian Lewis 5-6 Wes Newton||Brendan Dolan 4-6 Kevin Painter|
|Brendan Dolan 2-6 Dave Chisnall||Kevin Painter 1-6 Michael van Gerwen|
|Mervyn King 6-5 Adrian Lewis||Wes Newton 6-2 Kim Huybrechts|
|Kevin Painter 2-6 Kim Huybrechts||Adrian Lewis 1-6 Dave Chisnall|
|Mervyn King 5-6 Brendan Dolan||Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Wes Newton|
|Brendan Dolan 5-6 Michael van Gerwen||Kim Huybrechts 6-3 Adrian Lewis|
|Wes Newton 3-6 Mervyn King||Dave Chisnall 6-1 Kevin Painter|
|Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Dave Chisnall||Kim Huybrechts 3-6 Wes Newton|
|Dave Chisnall 4-6 Wes Newton|
|Michael van Gerwen|