Dave Chisnall lost 7-4 to Gary Anderson in the penultimate league night of the Betway Premier League Darts in Newcastle on Thursday.
The Morecambe ace, who couldn’t make the end of season play-offs at the O2 Arena at the start of play, saw Anderson move into the top four with his eighth win of the season.
The pair shared the first six legs at the Metro Radio Arena before the 2011 champion won four of the next five to pick up the points as Chisnall missed vital doubles.
Anderson said: “I was a bit nervous tonight and we both struggled on our doubles a bit early on there, and if I’d hit my doubles first then it would have made the game a whole lot easier for me.
“Dave had nothing to lose tonight but he had an off night on his doubles.
“If he tidies up on his doubles he could be unbeatable and he’s unlucky not to be in the top four himself with some of the darts he’s thrown this year.”
Anderson’s victory over Chisnall saw him leapfrog Peter Wright in the standings after he drew with Phil Taylor, the Stoke great ruing a missed chance to secure his play-off place with a win.
Michael van Gerwen beat Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 in the clash of the top two already assured of their play-off berth.
In a match between two players already out of the running, Adrian Lewis picked up his first win in nine matches as he secured sixth place in the table with a 7-5 defeat of Robert Thornton.
The Betway Premier League Darts league season concludes next Thursday at The Brighton Centre where Chisnall opens the night against Lewis.