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A nine-dart finish from Wes Newton was not enough to prevent a 13-10 defeat to Justin Pipe at the World Matchplay in Blackpool.
Just 24 hours after Michael van Gerwen's quickfire nine-darter, Newton lifted the roof again with a perfect leg midway through his last-16 clash with Pipe.
Newton followed a 180 with a 177 and nailed a 144-checkout on double 12 to move 6-5 ahead, and the world No 5 looked in control at 10-8 ahead before Pipe produced a stirring finish.
Pipe, who had earlier taken out a superb 132 finish with two bulls and a double 16, reeled off five straight legs to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in a major tournament.
The steady Pipe hit his doubles with confidence before the pressure got to him in the 23rd leg as he missed eight darts to end the match.
But after Newton spurned three chances to extend the match, Pipe hit double three at the fourth time of asking to book a clash with either Dean Winstanley or Ronnie Baxter.
In Thursday's opening match, Andy Hamilton reeled off seven successive legs to earn an impressive 13-6 victory over former BDO world champion Mark Webster.
The Welshman had fought back from 6-3 down to level at 6-6, but Hamilton upped his game and backed up his high scoring with quality finishing to seal a last-eight clash with Phil Taylor.