Leeds-born thrower Mark McGrath has created history in the Auckland Darts Masters.
McGrath, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1981, became the first Kiwi to defeat a top PDC player in the four-year history of the World Series event with a 6-4 success over Premier League runner-up Michael Smith.
The 50-year-old - who has previously qualified for both the PDC and BDO World Championships - will play Raymond van Barneveld in Saturday’s quarter-finals.
“It’s the biggest win of my career, but I hope there’s more to come,” said McGrath, nicknamed “Cowboy”.
“I’m stoked - it’s going to take a little while to sink in.”
Smith, a former World Youth champion was punished for only hitting 21 per cent of his shots at doubles as McGrath progressed in to the quarter-finals.
The pair exchanged holds of throw until the sixth leg where McGrath broke to take a 4-2 lead.
A 78 checkout from Smith in the next leg saw him break back before levelling again.
A scrappy ninth leg ended with the man from New Zealand pinning double one after a 26-dart leg and McGrath then delighted the New Zealand crowd, pinning tops to seal the victory.