Chris Dobey suffered a 10-5 defeat to Martin Lukeman in the fourth round of the UK Open, blaming his loss on ‘missing too many doubles’.
The 26-year-old from Bedlington managed to come from 3-1 down to level at 5-5, before Lukeman rolled off five legs in a row to complete a confident victory.
Dobey said: “Doubles cost me big time.”
“I outscored him for most of the legs but missed too many doubles and you cannot afford to do that at this standard, and Martin punished me after I missed my chances.”
Dobey, ranked 42nd in the world before the tournament, entered the third round stage at Minehead after a solid qualification campaign.
After drawing 2004 World finalist Kevin Painter in round three, ‘Hollywood’ dug deep to beat Painter 10-8 before drawing Lukeman in round 4.
Dobey added: “I felt good going into the game against Kevin.
“I was practicing well up to it and when I got on stage it was a bit hitty missy, losing legs which I should never have lost in all honesty, but I dug deep and held my nerve in the closing stages of the match.”
“I sensed a good opportunity after getting the first win that it was only going to get better.”
Dobey’s victory over Painter helped him rise up the rankings to 38 and a step closer to the top 32, which Dobey has claimed is his “main target this year.”
Dobey is due to compete in Barnsley for the next PDPA Players Championship on the weekend on March 11-12 as he continues his rise in world darts.