Eyemouth’s Gary Anderson lost 4-3 to Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen in the third round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.
Van Gerwen, who was last year’s runner-up, trailed 3-1 in the best of seven last 16 clash as Anderson produced some of his best darts of the competition.
Anderson, who was runner-up in 2011, produced nine 180s in the early stages of the match to move to the brink of a quarter-final place.
Anderson edged the first after van Gerwen had missed three darts to win the set, and though the Dutchman levelled by taking the second in a decider, the former Premier League champion claimed the third without reply before winning the fourth 3-2.
Van Gerwen produced his best spell of the game to hit back and level at 3-3.
The pair traded 180s as van Gerwen opened the final set with a 13-darter and though Anderson hit a 12th maximum of the game to level, van Gerwen held throw on double nine before finishing another 13-darter on double eight to complete his fightback.
Anderson admitted: “I should have had the game wrapped up earlier but I’ve given him the game. I could have had that wrapped up 4-0 but I made a few mistakes and Michael took out some checkouts when he needed it.
“I’ve been playing well for the last few months and I played well here, but I’m losing games that I shouldn’t be losing and giving games away by making silly mistakes at silly times.”