Morecambe ace Dave Chisnall reached the last 16 of the UK Masters darts at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Sunday.
Chisnall, now ranked in the world’s top 10, bowed out 6-5 to losing finalist Stuart Kellett in round three of the £100,000 European Tour event.
Emerging star Kellett came from 5-3 down to knock out Chisnall, the tournament’s number one seed.
The Morecambe man made the early running breaking throw with a 14-darter in the opening leg and hitting an 11-darter before a 116 finish put him 3-1 up.
Kellett replied with a 12-dart finish before Chisnall hit tops to lead 4-2, and after the Cheshire ace hit double four to win his third leg, a 118 checkout from Chisnall put him a leg away from the win at 5-3.
Kellett, though, finished 86 in two darts to hit back, landed a 180 in a 14-darter to force a deciding leg and punished Chisnall for a slow start in the 11th leg by taking out double six for the win.
Chisnall had recorded 6-5 wins over Darren Webster and Nigel Heydon in rounds one and two respectively on Saturday.