Dave Chisnall picked up a brilliant Betway Premier League double in Sheffield to take a huge step towards sealing his play-off place on Thursday night.
The Morecambe ace produced two outstanding displays as he overcame James Wade 7-1 with a 114.17 average - his highest ever in a televised game - after earlier seeing off World Champion Gary Anderson 7-3.
That double earned Chisnall four league points to strengthen his position in second place in the league table - and crucially give him an eight-point cushion over his rivals battling for a top-four spot.
Chisnall had landed key finishes of 150 and 124 as he turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 advantage on his way to victory against Anderson, hitting six 180s and a 106.91 average.
He was in even more dominant form on his return to the stage against Wade, limiting the 2009 champion to only two darts at a double in a performance which saw his average second only to Phil Taylor in Premier League history.
Chisnall took the first five legs without reply and had missed double 12 for a 138 finish before Wade took leg six by finishing 62 - but the left-hander’s fightback was short-lived as the Morecambe man posted a fifth 180 of the game in a 12-darter and double ten for a 14-darter to complete the win.
I’ve done my job by winning two out of two, and I played well - importantly I finished well tonight.Dave Chisnall
He said: “It’s nice to get two wins because it was always going to be hard.
“I felt comfortable throughout the night and I got a great start by defeating Gary.
“It was always going to be a confidence boost beating the World Champion and I just wanted to take the same game up on stage against James, which I did.
“I’ve done my job by winning two out of two, and I played well - importantly I finished well tonight. I felt good up on stage but I’ve put a lot of practice in and it’s all working out.
“This time last year I was on seven points, so it’s a big improvement to be up to 17 already!”
Chisnall now sits just one point behind the unbeaten league leader Michael van Gerwen, who edged out Stephen Bunting 7-5 in their Sheffield encounter.
Wade, who also doubled up, had a disappointing night as he also went down 7-4 to Adrian Lewis.
Raymond van Barneveld overcame great rival Taylor 7-2.
The Betway Premier League continues at the GE Oil & Gas Arena in Aberdeen next Thursday when Chisnall takes on Taylor.