BRAVE Paul Jennings battled all the way as he fell to BDO World Championship tournament sensation Wesley Harms in their hard-fought quarter-final.
The Hartlepool hotshot just didn’t know when to give up in the 88-minute clash which he eventually lost 5-3 last night.
The opening sets went with the throw, but after the opening legs of the second set went with the throw the Dutchman pounced to take the third on double tops.
He raced into a commanding lead in the fourth but needed eight double attempts and double one to clinch the set.
Jenno seized the initiative in the next opening up a 2-0 lead, against the throw, and coolly fired in double 19 to level the match with a 115 finish.
A 15-darter paved the way for a 3-0 rout for the Dutchman in the fifth for a 3-2 match lead, who then led the next set 2-1.
Harms fired in a spectacular 107 checkout, finished on double 16 as he took control of the match with a 4-2 interval lead.
In the next set Jennings nipped in to exit on double tops, repeating the feat in the next leg against the throw.
He held his nerve in the tense fourth to smash in an 11-dart checkout to pull back a set.
The opening three legs of the eighth set went with the darts, Jennings hitting a mere 27 as he suffered a bounce-out in the crucial leg, Harms powering in a 133, which left him 59.
A single 19 left him his favourite double tops but nerves forced the dart below the double ring as he confidently steered his third dart into the match-winning double 10 for a place in the last four.
In the semi Harms will face Tony O’Shea who beat defending champion Martin Adams 5-2.