Wes Newton vowed to come back stronger than ever following his elimination from the Betway Premier League Darts.
The Fleetwood favourite lost 7-5 to close friend Dave Chisnall of St Helens, who secured his own survival on ‘Judgement Night with a 7-5 triumph at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.
The pair went into the league’s crucial ninth night bidding to avoid elimination alongside Simon Whitlock, but Newton was sent packing for a second successive year as he suffered a narrow defeat.
Chisnall made a superb start by winning the game’s opening two legs, only for Newton to win the next four as he took command in moving 4-2 up - only to then miss three darts in each of the next two legs as his opponent levelled.
The next two were shared before a crucial break of throw put Chisnall 6-5 up and secured him the point which sealed his survival - before he hit double five to claim victory and knock out the Fleetwood ace.
Newton admitted: “It’s very disappointing but I’ve got to take it on the chin, and I’ll come back stronger from this.
“Dave came out firing and I had a bad start, but I got back into it and took control of the game at 4-2 up, and then had three darts to win each of the next two legs and all of a sudden it was four-all.
“There was a lot of pressure on that game for both of us and I’ve found it really tough this season. This is the elite of the game and it’s a learning curve. You’re up there week-in, week-out in front of massive crowds and hopefully it will make me a better player in the future.
“I’m so grateful to be given the chance to be in the Premier League and it’s not worked out, but I’ll go back to the drawing board and do my best in the TV events for the rest of the year.”