Steve Beaton bowed out in the second round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship for the second year running after a 4-2 defeat to third seed James Wade at Alexandra Palace.
Wade led the match twice only for Beaton to hit back on both occasions to leave matters finely balanced following four sets.
However, Wade managed to edge the fifth set with a 130 checkout before taking out a 120 finish to end Beaton’s hopes in a dramatic decider to the sixth.
“It was a really hard game but I produced the right finishes at the right time,” said Wade, who hit eight of his nine attempts at double top during the game.
“The 130 finish was a massive shot but I felt the 100 finish on two double tops in the third leg of the sixth set was much better.
“No one’s been talking about me and I’ve come into this tournament under the radar - but I’ve won seven major titles, which proves that I can win the world title.”
Beaton, who averaged 88.76, will kick himself after opening the deciding leg of the sixth set with back-to-back 140s.
He left 122 after nine darts but burst his score with his next visit and then failed to take out the finish to allow Wade to take out 120 for the triumph.