Dave Chisnall lost out in a thriller to Raymond van Barneveld as the second stage of the Betway Premier League Darts kicked off in Sheffield on Thursday night.
The Morecambe ace was edged out 7-5 in the opening contest of the night after missing two darts to claim a draw in the game’s final leg.
The World Grand Prix finalist hit five 180s and a 164 finish but van Barneveld followed up earlier finishes of 116 and 110 to claim the win in the decider.
The Dutch great followed that up with a 7-5 victory over Peter Wright, who also doubled up on the night, to close proceedings at the Motorpoint Arena.
Van Barneveld said: “Dave played some absolutely awesome darts in our game and hit so many 180s, but his missed his chance to get a draw at the end and I was happy with that win.”
Elsewhere, Wright lost 7-4 to Gary Anderson to complete a disappointing night for darts’ most colourful character, reigning champion Michael van Gerwen maintained his position at the top of the table with a high-quality 7-5 win over Robert Thornton and Phil Taylor moved into the top four for the first time this season as he picked up a 7-4 win over Adrian Lewis.
The tournament moves on the GE Gas & Oil Arena in Aberdeen next Thursday where seventh in the table Chisnall takes on Wright.