PDC WORLD number ten Dave Chisnall overcame two-time world champion, and lifelong Stoke City supporter, Adrian Lewis in a tense and deciding shoot-out on Monday evening . . . as the Britannia Stadium played host to its inaugural ‘Big Darts Night’.
‘Chizzy’ secured a 3-0 whitewash over the current World number three to secure a share of the spoils for his team, after ‘Team Lewis’ found themselves one point in front going into the main event of what proved to be a hugely successful evening.
Prior to the exhibition, each professional took turns to pick their chosen players, following an auction which gave a member of the crowd the once in a lifetime opportunity of being part of one of the teams, alongside their football and darting heroes.
Pete Cope paid £250 to join Chisnall’s side, which also included Peter Crouch and American Brek Shea, whilst Lewis mentored his team, which comprised of first pick Charlie Adam, Asmir Begovic and Geoff
Each City star took on the professional from the opposite team during the initial stages of action, with Lewis firstly recording victories over Cope and Crouch, before being stunned by ‘The Artist’ Brek Shea, as he
surprisingly finished on double 8 to secure a point for ‘Team Chisnall’.
The Morecambe-based star was next up to pit his wits against both Adam and Begovic, who he confidently came out on top against, before Cameron, with a little help from MC Richard Ashdown, claimed a point for
‘Team Lewis’ to tie things up at 3-3.
It was an all-American affair as the competition reached the vital doubles stages, with Cameron partnering Lewis and Shea linking up with Chisnall.
The ‘501’ encounter swung from side to side with both having opportunities to record the victory, but Chisnall was forced to rue an attempted showpiece double 7 finish from his knees, as Lewis took advantage of
three missed double attempts from his opponent by checking out on double 2, much to the delight of the competitive Cameron.
A raffle then took place giving two lucky members of the paying audience the chance to play against the professionals up on stage, before Chisnall emphatically beat Lewis in the evening’s main event – a match in
which both players hit several 180s.
The night, which took place inside the Tony Waddington Suite and attracted a capacity audience of 350 people, proved to be a huge success, with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic describing it as ‘a fantastic occasion’.
“It was fantastic to be up there on the oche playing against the professionals,” the ‘keeper, who undertook the nickname of ‘The Bosnian Bullseye’ throughout proceedings said.
“I definitely think I am best sticking with football though, as was proven with my less than average scores up on the stage.
“All of the lads had a great time though, and the two professionals, Adrian and Dave were absolutely top-class. We had some real fun throughout the night for sure.”
Sky Sports Commentator John Gwynne hosted the Club’s latest event, and acknowledged it as one of the best darts exhibitions that he has ever had the pleasure of overseeing.
“It was absolutely fantastic, and a real joy to be here with all of the guys taking part in such a brilliant event,” the instantly recognisable voice told stokecityfc.com.
“Stoke-On-Trent is the hotbed of darts, there is no doubt about that, so to be here at the Britannia Stadium, the home of Stoke City Football Club, has been thoroughly enjoyable.
“As far as these sort of events go, this was definitely one of the very best. It was superbly run, the crowd were brilliant, and the action on the stage was top class too.”