Dave Chisnall came through a rollercoaster clash with Jamie Caven to reach the last eight of the BetVictor World Matchplay.
The Morecambe ace was 6-2 up and then 10-7 down before reeling off six straight legs for a 13-10 victory at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Wednesday night. The dramatic win set up a last eight clash with joint tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen on Friday evening, the Dutchman a 13-3 winner over Peter Wright.
World number 10 Chisnall hit five 180s as he took six of the game’s opening eight legs only for Caven to hit back, taking out 109, an 11-darter and twice setting up a possible nine-darter with back-to-back maximums.
The Morecambe man though found a second wind to book a place in his first World Matchplay quarter-final.
He said: “It was an exciting game and it’s brilliant to be through.
“I felt comfortable early on but Jamie came back really strongly.
“It was a tense game, and it was only when I got to 12-10 that I felt I had Jamie, and I knew I had to finish it then.
“It’s probably my best performance in a televised game and it shows again that I can play with the best and I’ll try to do the same against van Gerwen on Friday.
“We’ve never played on TV before and it should be a great match.”