Chris Dobey will face Michael van Gerwen in the PDC World Darts Championship quarter-final following a 4-2 defeat of Rob Cross on Friday.
Dobey, who had eliminated one former champion already with a comfortable victory over Gary Anderson in the previous round, was in fine form again as he ruthlessly disposed of Cross.
‘Hollywood’ Dobey averaged 102 throughout the contest as a combination of high-scoring and efficient finishing proved too much for his opponent to handle.
The opening set went as expected with ‘Voltage’ moving into an early 1-0 lead.
Dobey came up with the perfect response to win all three legs and get back on level terms, but 2018 champion Cross regained the lead with a solid showing in the third set moving him 2-1 ahead.
A 170 checkout in the fourth set ignited the Alexandra Palace crowd and Dobey himself as he turned up the heat on an off colour Cross.
He controlled the game from that point onwards as he ushered himself into the lead for the first time before finally sealing a historic victory on his sixth match dart to secure a deserved 4-2 win.
Dobey’s most daunting test is yet to come however, with a meeting with van Gerwen looming after the Dutch native got the better of his fellow countryman Dirk van Duijvenbode in the last 16.