Andy Jenkins edged a titanic tussle with Alan Warriner-Little to clinch his place in the second round of the World Matchplay in Blackpool yesterday.
Jenkins had his opponent on the ropes as he led 6-0 - but Warriner-Little counter-punched his way back into the contest, levelling matters at 9-9. However, Jenkins quickly rediscovered his form, winning successive legs to secure an 11-9 success.
"To be honest I'm thinking about next year's Premier League at the moment - I just want to play every Thursday night and be a part of that," Jenkins said.
Earlier, debutant James Wade blitzed tenth seed Denis Ovens to set up a second-round match with Kevin Painter.
The 23-year-old, who has achieved two nine-darters this year at the North-west regional final in March and the PDPA Players' Championship last month, outplayed his opponent to win 10-1.
Wade reeled off the first five legs before the first break. A shell-shocked Ovens was unable to recover when they returned to the oche and Wade moved further ahead with a brilliant 138 checkout.
The Aldershot-based thrower added three more to move to within one leg of a whitewash - but Ovens stopped the rot with double top. However, it only delayed the inevitable as Wade finished in style by taking out the bull.
Jenkins will face Roland Scholten in the last 16 after the Dutchman inflicted a 10-6 defeat on Andy Smith. Scholten, who lost out to Phil Taylor in the final of the Premier League in May, registered nine 180s.
Mark Walsh secured a hard-fought 10-8 win over 'Diamond' Dave Askew. Walsh raced into an early lead before Askew produced a late surge to reduce the deficit to one leg. However, Walsh eventually nailed double top.