Michael van Gerwen missed the chance to reach the final of the UK Open after Terry Jenkins ended his hopes on Sunday evening.
World champion van Gerwen was beaten 10-8 by an impressive Jenkins at Minehead despite fighting back from 4-1 down to tie the match at 5-5.
Adrian Lewis went on to defeat Jenkins in the final.
Jenkins broke van Gerwen’s throw in the very first leg and he doubled his lead with an eleven-dart leg.
The Dutchman then bedded double eight to get off the mark before hitting his first 180 but missed doubles to break as Jenkins restored his two-leg lead.
‘The Bull’ then threatened a nine-dart-finish but missed the seventh required treble on the way to perfection. He won the leg all the same, breaking the ‘Mighty Mike’ throw again to take a commanding 4-1 lead.
van Gerwen responded to Jenkins’ fourth 180 with his second, only to see his opponent take out 56 to move four legs clear.
The world number one hammered home his third maximum at the start of the seventh leg, which he won on double 16.
Another two 180s helped van Gerwen grab a crucial break of throw as he reduced Jenkins’ lead to 5-3 with a brilliant eleven-darter.
The Dutch ace pegged double three to move within a leg of his opponent, who crucially missed two darts to break again.
van Gerwen then produced a brilliant 118 checkout with his opponent waiting on double 16, as he squared up the semi-final at five legs apiece.
Jenkins broke back immediately before ‘Mighty Mike’ rattled in his seventh maximum. That proved to be in vain though as the 24-year-old was punished for two missed darts at doubles, allowing Jenkins to pull two legs clear once more.
van Gerwen took out 90 to reduce the deficit to 7-6 but his opponent made it 8-6 with a clinical 116 finish.
And Jenkins moved within a leg of the final when he bedded double ten to break before van Gerwen took out a fabulous 134 finish to keep his hopes alive.
He then scored his eighth 180 and nailed double top to pull it back to 9-8 but Jenkins put in an excellent leg on throw to earn his place in the final.
van Gerwen returns to action on Thursday evening when he continues his Premier League title defence in Nottingham.
By Chris Murphy