Ted Hankey progressed to the last eight of the Grand Slam of Darts after a 10-9 win over Michael van Gerwen.
Former world champion Hankey, who was born in Stoke-on-Trent but now lives in Telford, came from 7-5 behind to set up a quarter-final against Mark Walsh.
Walsh overcame Lakeside finalist Dean Winstanley, also in a deciding leg.
Gary Anderson impressed during a 10-3 win over 2010 runner-up James Wade, while Terry Jenkins defeated Wolverhampton's Wayne Jones 10-8.
Hankey, 43, had not been beyond the second round in his previous two appearances in the Grand Slam and had struggled to win over the Civic Hall crowd.
However, he was left saluting over 1,000 fans, who were singing his name during and after the contest.
"I've had a bit of a rough time with the crowd in previous years," said Hankey. "But it was superb to hear them singing my name.
"They created a great atmosphere and we both rose to that.
"Michael played superbly but he gave me a couple of chances and I took them."
The final four quarter-final places will be confirmed on Friday evening, with world champion Adrian Lewis and three-time Grand Slam winner Phil Taylor among those hoping to book their place in the last eight.