MICHAEL VAN GERWEN can book his Eurotunnel ticket home after his WORST ever performance at Ally Pally against an inspired Dave Chisnall.
The world No.1 will be on the road home tomorrow morning after being humiliated 5-0 in the quarter-finals of the William Hill PDC World Darts Championship.
You have to consult the history books to find the last time he was humbled, well embarrassed in such a manner.
It is the first time since losing 4-0 as a teenager to Phil Taylor back in December 2008 that he had failed to win at least one set at this level.
The Dutchman, the bookies’ favourite to win a fourth Sid Waddell trophy on Sunday, was outclassed and outgunned by unheralded Chizzy.
For the St Helens thrower, it is his best result at this level since a famous giant-killing act against Taylor nine years ago but this triumph banks him a £100,000 pay cheque.
It also grants him the chance against Gary Anderson on Saturday evening to qualify for a first world final since his appearance in the Lakeside showpiece 10 years ago.
It’s fair to say Chizzy had a good kip on New Year’s Eve because he was peppering the treble 20 bed for fun in the opening two sets as he moved 2-0 ahead.
In comparison Van Gerwen had only hit ONE maximum in the first nine legs.
The 40-year-old hit all three of his doubles in the first set, knocking out an extraordinary 112 average and taking out a brilliant 141.
Van Gerwen quickly realised that like the Joe Cullen Last 16 tussle, he was in a real fight here.
Whatever he did was best matched and bettered by the relentless Chisnall, who raced into a 4-0 lead, and also came within millimetres of a nine-darter.
There was no let-up from Chisnall, taking out 130 on a Bullseye finish and then clinching the match on double 20.
Chisnall averaged the match with a 107.34 average – almost 10 points more than Mighty Mike – and enjoyed 14 180s.
It might have been the first day of the New Year but already we have had one almighty shock.