Robert Thornton produced a fantastic fight-back to earn a draw against Wes Newton in Bournemouth on Thursday evening.
The Scotsman maintained his unbeaten to start in his McCoy’s Premier League debut season by taking a point after falling 6-3 behind.
And The Scotsman, who had previously beaten Andy Hamilton and drawn with Michael van Gerwen, says he is delighted with the way he as settled in.
“I got out of jail a bit there,” admitted Thornton, who faces compatriot Gary Anderson in Exeter next week.
“But I never give in because the game is never over until the last double has been hit.
“Not many people gave me much chance at the start of this tournament but that’s what they kept saying at the UK Open last year – and I won that!
“I’m not saying that will happen in this but I’m in a good position and I would have taken four points from the first three games if it had been offered to me.”
Newton won the first two legs despite a first maximum from ‘The Thorn’, who halved the deficit with the aid of his second 180.
‘The Warrior’ restored a two leg cushion but Thornton hit back with a brilliant 114 finish.
Newton responded with a fantastic 131 checkout to move into a 4-2 lead, which Thornton cut to a single leg when he broke his opponent’s throw on tops.
But Newton won the next two as he produced a 120 checkout to leave the Scotsman in need of the last three legs for a draw.
Thornton kept the match alive with a fantastic 98 finish before his fourth maximum helped him claw the score back to 6-5.
And, in need of a break of throw for a share of the spoils, Thornton duly obliged, hitting a fifth maximum before bedding double two to remain unbeaten.
By Chris Murphy