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Dave Chisnall vows to be champion after BDO final loss

By Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport at the Lakeside

Dave Chisnall
Chisnall beat defending champion Ted Hankey on his way to the BDO final

Dave Chisnall believes that he can one day lift the BDO World Championship title after being defeated in the final at the Lakeside.

The 29-year-old from St Helens was beaten 7-5 by Martin Adams on Sunday in what was only his second appearance at the tournament.

"I'll be back. I'm proud of what I've achieved. I don't see why I can't win it one day," Chisnall told BBC Sport.

"I'm over the moon with my performance but it just wasn't my night."

After completing comeback wins over number one seed Tony O'Shea and defending champion Ted Hankey on his way to the final, Chisnall again fought back from 2-0 and 4-2 down against Adams to level at 4-4.

But Adams, champion in 2007, hit a 170 checkout and a 10-dart leg to pull ahead again and closed out the match in the 12th set.


"It was one comeback too far," added Chisnall. "Martin was too good for me on the night. I missed loads of doubles and he took advantage. The 170 hurt."

The unseeded Chisnall was beaten by Adams in the first round on the 2009 tournament, his only other appearance at the Lakeside.

But the Lancashire county player said that defeat did not shake his belief that he could perform at the highest level.

"In my opinion, I'm a very good player," said Chisnall. "I just go up there and throw arrows, I don't think about who I'm playing.

"I always knew that I could get this far in this competition."

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