Dave Chisnall was left rueing a great chance after losing a tight battle with world champion Michael van Gerwen on week three of the Betway Premier League darts season.
Chisnall missed two darts at a double to level the match at 4-4 and with this opportunity went his best chance of victory against the rampaging Dutchman.
Van Gerwen checked out to lead 5-3 and then raced to a 7-4 triumph to maintain his unbeaten start to the Premier League season.
Chisnall started well with a 180 and 82 checkout to win the first leg of Thursday’s clash at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
But the fast-throwing world number one turned the screw with three maximums to lead 3-1.
‘Chizzy’ scored well and hit his doubles to break back and level at 3-3.
From 5-3 down Chisnall checked out on 61 with two darts to remain one leg behind, and looked well poised to push Van Gerwen all the way.
But ‘Mighty Mike’s scoring power proved decisive.
The reigning Premier League champion fired in nine 140s in the last five legs and finished with a flourish on a 93 checkout.
In other results, Peter Wright beat Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor 7-4, continuing the 15-times world champion’s miserable start to the season.
Wes Newton upset two-time world champion Adrian Lewis 7-2. Robert Thornton beat Gary Anderson 7-2 in the battle of the Scots, and Raymond van Barneveld downed Simon Whitlock 7-4.
Van Gerwen leads the Premier League table after three matches from Wright and van Barneveld. Chisnall lies sixth with three points from three games. The top four qualify for the semi-finals.
Next up for ‘Chizzy’ is a tough task against Gary Anderson in front of the Scotsman’s rowdy home fans at The Hydro, Glasgow, next Thursday night. The matches will be televised, as always, live on Sky Sports.