Fleetwood’s Wes Newton crashed out of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, losing to Spanish qualifier Cristo Reyes.
The Spaniard prevailed in a sudden-death shoot-out.
Tenerife’s Reyes, 27, quickly moved two sets up up on the three-time quarter-finalist, with a 126 finish helping matters, but Newton hit back with a 130 checkout on the bull as he hit back in the third set.
Newton then won three straight legs in the next to level the game as the dream upset victory for Reyes seemed over, but to his huge credit he went toe-to-toe in the deciding set, which kicked off with a 121 finish from Newton.
The two traded legs to force the match into a tie-break, but even then they couldn’t be separated as the game went to five legs all to force a sudden death final leg.
Following confusion on stage as to whether or not the players should throw for the bull again in the deciding leg, Reyes capitalised and hit double 16 at his first attempt to grab by far the biggest win of his career and a second round place at the World Championship.
“Playing in the preliminary round helped a lot with the nerves, I was far less nervous coming back than I was in the preliminary round,” Reyes said.
“I’ll be going back to Tenerife now for Christmas and then we’ll come back - I didn’t have a flight booked back obviously but we’ll sort that out. This is great for me and for Spanish darts.”