Dave Chisnall’s stirring fightback wasn’t enough to prevent defeat to Stephen Bunting in the UK Open on Saturday.
The Morecambe ace exited the ‘FA Cup of darts’ at the last 32 stage, coming back from 7-0 down before losing 9-6.
Bunting punished 15 missed doubles from Chisnall to win the first five legs before also winning the next two for a seven-leg cushion.
Double 16 in leg eight got Chisnall off the mark, with Bunting winning the next to move a leg away from the win only for his opponent to retain his belated accuracy on doubles as he also landed a string of 180s to cut the gap to two legs, before double two sealed Bunting’s last 16 spot.
Chisnall will get a chance for a measure of revenge when the pair meet as the Betway Premier League moves to Nottingham on Thursday.
Bunting went on to lose 10-0 to Peter Wright in Sunday’s UK Open semi-finals.
Michael van Gerwen then proved too good for Wright in the final, winning 11-5.