Dave Chisnall (Picture: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)
Dave Chisnall (Picture: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

Watch: Dave Chisnall hits a nine-darter on his way to winning the Belgian Darts Open

Dave Chisnall hit the first nine-darter on the European Tour for three years en route to winning the Belgian Darts Open in Wieze.

Chizzy, who hit the last one at the Gibraltar Darts Trophy in 2019, sent the packed Oktoberhallen wild when achieving perfection in the first leg of his semi-final clash with Danny Noppert and maintained his focus to seal a commanding 7-4 victory with a 104 average.

It was the 12th nine-darter of Chisnall's career although this was 'only' the third in front of a crowd having previously hit one at the televised Grand Slam of Darts in 2015 and the aforementioned Gibraltar event three years ago.

The St Helens thrower then came up against the unseeded Andrew Gilding in the final and after hitting the front at 3-2 following finishes of 112 and 86, he went on claim the third European Tour title of his career and 15th in the PDC with an 8-6 victory.

Chizzy, won the 2019 Danish Darts Open and the 2013 German Darts Championship, averaged 92.31 compared to Gilding's 89.69 while he hit three of the six 180s in the match and pinned eight of his 24 attempts at doubles.

"It's very special," said an emotional Chisnall. "Any tournament you win is special but this one means even more after a tough year personally.

"We've had a couple of family bereavements so this is for them. I had a terrible year last year but I'm coming back and there will be more trophies going in my cabinet.

"I've been saying for the last few weeks that this has been coming and this weekend it happened.

"The final was one of those games where we were both trying too hard to win a big tournament. Luckily for me that double 19 went in; I'm so happy."

Earlier in the day Chisnall battled past fourth seed Nathan Aspinall 6-4 despite missing 21 of his 27 attempts at doubles and then came through an equally scrappy quarter-final against Jose de Sousa, running out a 6-2 winner with an 89 average.

Meanwhile, Gilding's continued strong form in 2022 sees him confirm his place in October's BoyleSports World Grand Prix, having already featured in the Betfred World Matchplay in July.

Having defeated Belgian number one Dimitri Van den Bergh in Saturday's second round, Gilding overcame Niels Zonneveld, Martin Schindler and Jonny Clayton as he reached a first European Tour final.

Sunday saw the tournament reach its climax with last 16 matches in the afternoon, before the evening session saw the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final take place.

Hopes of a Belgian winner were ended in the last 16 as Kim Huybrechts - who defeated Michael van Gerwen in round two - went down 6-1 to Adrian Lewis.

German duo Gabriel Clemens and Martin Schindler fell at the quarter-final stage along with Lewis and De Sousa.

Belgian Darts Open 2022: Round-by-round results


  • Andrew Gilding 6-8 Dave Chisnall


  • Andrew Gilding 7-5 Jonny Clayton (10)
  • (13) Dave Chisnall 7-4 Danny Noppert (9) * Chizzy hits a nine-darter


  • Andrew Gilding 6-2 Martin Schindler (14)
  • (10) Jonny Clayton 6-5 Gabriel Clemens (15)
  • (12) Jose de Sousa 2-6 Dave Chisnall (13)
  • (9) Danny Noppert 6-3 Adrian Lewis (16)


  • Niels Zonneveld 3-6 Andrew Gilding
  • Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 3-6 Martin Schindler (14)
  • (7) Dirk Van Duijvenbode 4-6 Jonny Clayton (10)
  • (2) Rob Cross 3-6 Gabriel Clemens (15)
  • (5) Ryan Searle 4-6 Jose de Sousa (12)
  • (4) Nathan Aspinall 4-6 Dave Chisnall (13)
  • (8) Joe Cullen 4-6 Danny Noppert (9)
  • Kim Huybrechts 1-6 Adrian Lewis (16)


Seeds enter in round two

  • (6) Peter Wright 5-6 Niels Zonneveld
  • (11) Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-6 Andrew Gilding
  • (3) Damon Heta 5-6 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
  • (14) Martin Schindler 6-2 Karel Sedlacek
  • (7) Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-5 Mervyn King
  • (10) Jonny Clayton 6-5 Keane Barry
  • (2) Rob Cross 6-4 Mike De Decker
  • (15) Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Ryan Meikle
  • (5) Ryan Searle 6-1 Bradley Brooks
  • (12) Jose de Sousa 6-5 Ross Smith
  • (4) Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Jamie Hughes
  • (13) Dave Chisnall 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
  • (8) Joe Cullen 6-2 Dennis Nilsson
  • (9) Danny Noppert 6-5 Madars Razma
  • (1) Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Kim Huybrechts
  • (16) Adrian Lewis 6-1 Boris Krcmar


Winners play the seeds

  • Niels Zonneveld 6-2 Alan Soutar
  • Andrew Gilding 6-5 Simon Whitlock
  • Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-3 Jeff Smith
  • Karel Sedlacek 6-4 Roberto Vandaele
  • Mervyn King 6-3 Wouter Vanrolleghem
  • Keane Barry 6-2 Danny Baggish
  • Mike De Decker 6-3 Remo Mandiau
  • Gian van Veen 4-6 Ryan Meikle
  • Bradley Brooks 6-5 Chris Dobey
  • Steve Beaton 2-6 Ross Smith
  • Jamie Hughes 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
  • Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Francois Schweyen
  • Dennis Nilsson 6-2 Kevin Doets
  • Andy Baetens 4-6 Madars Razma
  • Steve West 4-6 Kim Huybrechts
  • Boris Krcmar 6-1 Cameron Menzies

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