Dave Chisnall finished seventh in the Betway Premier League Darts table after his debut season ended with defeat to Adrian Lewis in Brighton on Thursday night.
It was a keenly fought contest between the Morecambe ace and the two-time world champion before Lewis edged clear for a 7-4 victory.
The Stoke man said: “It was a difficult game for both of us because there was nothing on the game, but we were good in patches and it’s great for me to get the win to finish the season.”
Lewis made a stunning start by opening the game with two 180s, and although he was unable to complete the nine-darter he returned to finish double 10 for a 13-dart finish.
Chisnall then missed the bull for a 170 finish to level at 1-1 but returned to break back with double eight before edging ahead 2-1 in the next leg.
In reply, Lewis landed two 180s in a leg for the second time in the match to level the match up again before the Stoke ace, like Chisnall earlier, missed the bull for a 170 checkout only to return to pin double eight to break.
Lewis then posted another maximum before double 10 put him two legs clear.
Chisnall hit back on double 18 to make it 4-3 and then missed three darts at doubles across two visits to make it 4-4 allowing Lewis to step in on double 10.
In leg nine the pair traded 180s before double 18 once again helped Chisnall to a leg, reducing the arrears to 5-4.
Tops then saw Lewis secure a point at 6-4 before sealing victory on double 10 to end the season with back-to-back wins.
Elsewhere, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson secured their places in the play-offs with victories at the Brighton Centre as Michael van Gerwen topped the final league table for a second successive year.
Taylor completed his brilliant revival after losing four of his opening five games as he defeated Robert Thornton 7-5 to seal third place in the final table.
Anderson, the 2011 Premier League Darts winner, will also challenge to lift the trophy following his 7-4 victory over Raymond van Barneveld, a six-time semi-finalist who had already secured his place in the top four.
Those wins denied Peter Wright the chance to snatch a play-off spot, as the World Championship finalist ended the season in fifth place after he went down 7-5 to van Gerwen.
The destiny of the Betway Premier League Darts title will be decided next Thursday at The O2 in London, with van Gerwen’s semi-final with Anderson opening the night before van Barneveld meets Taylor.