Adrian Lewis gave further notice of his promise as he beat the veteran Dennis Priestley 4-2 in the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship.
Despite being just 20 Lewis is being tipped as a potential finalist
Lewis, the protégé of 12-times world champion Phil Taylor, is making his debut in the tournament as 20th seed.
Taylor stayed on course to meet Lewis in the final with a routine 4-1 win against Matt Clark, despite losing the opening set.
The 12-times champion allowed the 31st seed only two more legs in the match.
"It is not easy beating 'Superman'," said Taylor, referring to the nickname
adopted by Clark of Kent.
"He's a nice, steady player but I am through and I am happy.
"I was not worried by losing the first set because it's the best of seven and
you can relax."
Kevin Painter, whom Taylor beat in a sudden-death leg in an epic final two
years ago, kept his hopes alive in another classic against Wes Newton.
The seventh seed was never ahead in sets until he wrapped it up to win 4-3,
and really should have been sent packing by the Lancastrian, who missed many crucial doubles.
In the third round Painter will face last year's runner-up Mark Dudbridge, who
looked back to his best with a 4-0 trouncing of qualifier Alan Tabern for the
loss of only two legs.
Wales' Steve Alker strolled into the third round with a 4-1 victory over England's Denis Ovens.
Alker profited from the ninth seed's finishing problems to ensure at least one unseeded player will reach the semi-finals at Purfleet.
Ovens was never in the match and won only one of the first seven legs on the way to going three sets down.
"Denis didn't play anywhere near as well as he can," said Alker. "He let me in and I finished well."
Meanwhile, England's Dennis Smith beat countryman Mark Walsh 4-0 and Dutchman Roland Scholten downed Germany's Tomas Seyler 4-2.
Fourth seed Scholten, who now faces the hugely promising Lewis, began with a 180 in a 12-dart leg but his lack of consistency did not please him.
"I wasn't happy with the way I played," said Scholten, last year's UK Open champion.
"I eased up here and there and I should have kept pounding the treble 20 and been more focused."