Dave Chisnall has warned his three remaining PDC World Championship rivals he feels he’s playing well enough to claim a maiden title after whitewashing Michael van Gerwen to reach the semi-finals.

The odds appeared to be stacked against Chizzy heading into the quarter-final with MVG, the world no.8 eight having lost his previous 27 encounters with the Dutchman.

The St Helens native had also never been beyond the last-eight at Alexandra Palace but set that record straight in stunning fashion as he recorded an emphatic 5-0 victory, averaging 107.34 and recording 14 180s in the process.

Rather than reflect for too long on inflicting van Gerwen’s heaviest-ever defeat at the World Championship, Chisnall is keeping his eyes on the prize and is now 9/4 with Betfred to claim a first televised title.

“I’m so proud. I’ve put the effort in and it’s paying off. I’m playing really well,” said Chisnall (4/7 most 180s – semi-final specials).

“I’ve been under the radar for the last few years but I want this World Championship title and I know I am playing well enough to win it.”

Chisnall will face off against two-time world champion Gary Anderson in the semi-final after the Scot recorded a 5-1 victory over Dutchman Dirk van Duijvenbode in the quarters (Chisnall 4/5, Anderson EVS – Match Betting).

Anderson rattled off five sets to book his place in the semis for a sixth time, averaging 101.07 in the process.

The other semi-final will pitch Gerwyn Price against Stephen Bunting, with the Iceman now the 6/4 favourite for the World Championship after van Gerwen’s departure.

Price, who could become world No.1 if he wins a first Ally Pally crown, survived a nervy encounter with Daryl Gurney, winning a last-leg shootout to triumph 5-4.

Meanwhile, Bunting described his 5-3 victory over Krzysztof Ratajski as “the best win of his career” after reaching the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time.

The two-time BDO world champion is the 11/4 underdog to beat Price (2/7) on Saturday but has warned the Welshman not to underestimate him.

“It’s been a difficult run for me but I never give in, never say die and I’m dangerous. If I can keep my nerve I’ve got a great chance of winning it.”

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