Chris does well at worlds

It has been a whirlwind year for darts player Chris Dobey and he concluded 2016 with two fantastic performances in the World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace, writes Andrew McDonnell.

Wednesday, 4th January 2017, 5:52 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:01 pm
Chris Dobey pictured after beating Adrian Lewis at the Grand Slam Of Darts. Picture by Chris Dean/PDC.

Bedlington-born Dobey made it through to the last 32 of the competition before he suffered defeat against the experienced Dave Chisnall in a hard-fought match.

The 26-year-old made the quarter-finals of the German Masters earlier in the year and finished runner-up behind Australian Simon Whitlock at the PDPA Players Championship round 19 in October.

His best performance of the year arguably came in November when he reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts.

He was in Group H with Dutchman Benito van de Pas, former world champions Adrian Lewis and Scott Mitchell.

Dobey lost his first match 5-4 against van de Pas before beating Lewis and Mitchell to progress out of the group in second place.

This set up a tie with fellow Englishman Jamie Hughes, and Dobey came out of the thrilling encounter with a 10-9 victory.

James Wade, the two-time World Grand Prix winner, was standing in the way of a semi-final berth and Dobey ended up exiting the competition after a 16-5 defeat.

At the PDC World Darts Championship, which started on December 15 and finished on Monday evening, Dobey produced a brilliant debut to beat 26th seed Justin Pipe in the first round.

He did extremely well to withstand a fightback from a very experienced challenger.

Dobey told Rod Studd of Sky Sports: “The atmosphere was brilliant. I enjoyed it more by getting the win.

“I knew it was going to be tough up there, playing Justin (Pipe), but I just had to keep my cool and get it done.”

He pushed Chisnall all the way in a high-quality affair in the last 32 of the competition and despite levelling the sets at 1-1, he ended up bowing out after a 4-2 defeat.

Dobey added: “Experience is second to none – the more experience I can get on the big stage, the more I am going to get out of it.

“I’ve just got to do what I can do and just enjoy it.”