James Wade came close again at the latest big Euro Tour event in Germany.
But the Unicorn star was edged out by Jelle Klaasen 6-3 in the semi-finals of the German Darts Masters in Jena.
Michael van Gerwen won the tournament for a third straight year as he beat Klaasen 6-2 in the final. The World Champion had a tournament average of nearly 107 over the weekend.
Wade beat Gerwyn Price 6-2 in the last 16 before sweeping aside Peter Wright 6-3 in the quarter-finals. But he came unstuck losing 6-3 to Van Gerwen in the semi-finals.
By the way, it was Wade's 111th Pro Tour quarter-final. He is now just one behind Phil Taylor's record.
It was a decent weekend for Team Unicorn, as three other players won through to the quarter-finals on Monday night in Jena.
Raymond van Barneveld had seen off Kim Huybrechts 6-4 in a thrilling all Unicorn last 16 clash. In the quarter-finals against Van Gerwen, he took out a superb 160 finish but his compatriot nailed a 164 and had a 75% check-out success rate in winning 6-3.
Kyle Anderson had another good run. After beating Mensur Suljovic 6-2, he was edged out 6-4 by Klaasen in the last eight.
And a much needed run to the quarter's for Michael Smith where was lost out 6-4 to Simon Whitlock.
German Darts Masters results - Q/Finals:
Michael van Gerwen 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Michael Smith
James Wade 6-3 Peter Wright
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Meanwhile it was also the latest weekend on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour.
Wayne Jones moved to the top of the Challenge Tour Order of Merit after winning two of the events. Ryan Harrington enjoyed a debut tournament victory and former World Championship runner-up Mark Dudbridge was also a winner and hit a 9 darter along the way!
Report by STUART PYKE
Photo courtesy Stuart Pyke / PDC