Aldershot's world No.4 crashed out in the PDC World Championship quarter-finals
James Wade's hopes of landing a first PDC World Championship came crashing down on Sunday night (December 29) – with a distinct sense of deja vu.
The world No.4 from Aldershot went down 5-1 to nemesis Adrian Lewis after a disappointing quarter-final performance at Alexandra Palace, which saw him miss 37 darts at a double.
And it brought back bad memories of Wade’s heartbreaking semi-final exit in 2012 when Lewis fought back from 5-1 down to win 6-5 in a memorable encounter.
Left-hander Wade, seeded six, looked in fine fettle on his way to the last eight after recovering from a first-round wobble against Darren Webster, where the Norfolk player missed six darts to wrap up a 3-1 victory.
He dodged more bullets in round two when he was forced to come from 3-0 down to beat Andy Smith 4-3, but showed his true form in his third round match with a comfortable 4-0 victory over South African Devon Peterson.
Despite that, Wade went into the last-eight encounter with Lewis as a rank outsider and two-time champion Lewis was not hanging around.
'Jackpot' took the game’s first three sets – the second and third in a deciding leg – before Wade hit back to win the fourth without reply, hitting two 12-darters in the process.
Lewis, though, took out 115 as he restored his cushion by winning the fifth set with three successive legs, before coming from a leg down in the next to book a last-four clash with Michael van Gerwen, which he eventually lost 6-0.