KEVIN PAINTER ended Dave Chisnall's bid to win a second successive European Tour event with a superb 6-1 victory in their third round clash at the German Darts Masters on Sunday, and he was joined in the quarter-finals by Simon Whitlock and James Wade.
Painter needed little over 13 minutes to see off Chisnall, who matched his opponent's 101 average but paid the price for missed doubles.
Painter kicked off the game with a 180 and led 2-0 before Chisnall got off the mark, but the world number seven missed his chance to level as the former Players Championship Finals winner took the next four legs in a row, including an 11-darter, to progress.
Painter now meets world number four Whitlock in the quarter-finals as the £100,000 heads to it's conclusion on Sunday evening, with the Australian having edged out Stuart Kellett 6-5 in their last 16 contest.
Kellett, who knocked out Raymond van Barneveld in a decider on Saturday night, hit finishes of 151 and 108 as he took Whitlock all the way, but the Australian was too strong in the final leg.
Whitlock is now the only player in the last eight who has previously won a European Tour event, following his success in the Dutch Darts Masters last October.
Wes Newton, who was a winner in Sindelfingen at Easter, saw his bid to win another title at the Glaspalast ended by a clinical James Wade display as the world number five took a 6-3 triumph.
Wade now faces Mervyn King in the quarter-finals, after the Norfolk ace edged past Peter Wright with a 14-darter in the deciding leg of their contest.
Steve Beaton powered through to the last eight for a fourth successive European Tour event with a sublime 6-1 win over Jamie Caven, hitting checkouts of 135 and 100 in the 13-minute victory.
Beaton will now meet Brendan Dolan on Sunday evening, after the Northern Irish ace defeated Robert Thornton 6-3 to progress to the last eight.
Wolverhampton's Wayne Jones continued his resurgence with a superb 6-4 win against Gary Anderson, backing up Saturday's second round win over number one seed Michael van Gerwen in brilliant fashion as the pair hit six ton-plus checkouts.
Jones finished 120 and 106 to take the opening two legs, while Anderson took out 161 as he moved 3-2 up - only for the former European Championship finalist to match that finish and take out 139 to swing the game back in his favour at 5-3.
Anderson pinned 124 to stay in the game, but Jones claimed leg ten for a last eight spot against youngster Mareno Michels, who won the all-Dutch clash with Vincent van der Voort 6-1 to reach his first PDC ranking quarter-final.
Alongside the £20,000 winner's cheque for the German Darts Masters, Sunday evening's final stages will also see the final qualifying places for next month's partypoker.com World Grand Prix decided.
Jones only needs to overcome Michels and reach the semi-finals to edge out Jamie Lewis for a qualifying place, while the Dutch youngster would earn a Dublin spot should he win the tournament, and Wade still has the opportunity to reclaim fourth place in the world rankings at the expense of Whitlock.
German Darts Masters
Sunday September 22
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Wayne Jones 6-4 Gary Anderson
Vincent van der Voort 1-6 Mareno Michels
Wes Newton 3-6 James Wade
Peter Wright 5-6 Mervyn King
Simon Whitlock 6-5 Stuart Kellett
Dave Chisnall 1-6 Kevin Painter
Jamie Caven 1-6 Steve Beaton
Robert Thornton 3-6 Brendan Dolan
STEVE BEATON won his first ranking title for almost four years with a thrilling 6-5 defeat of Mervyn King in the final of the German Darts Masters on Sunday night.
The 49-year-old completed a brilliant weekend of darts in the European Tour event at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen by taking the £20,000 first prize in dramatic fashion.
Beaton had dropped only four legs in his run to the semi-finals, whitewashing Mick Todd in the first round, defeating Paul Amos and Jamie Caven 6-2 and then seeing off Brendan Dolan 6-2 in the quarter-finals.
The former World Champion then averaged 100 in a superb performance to defeat world number four Simon Whitlock 6-3 in the semi-finals as he set up a decider against King.
King actually broke throw with a 13-darter in the final's opening leg, before Beaton levelled by punishing five misseed doubles from his opponent and then taking out 70 to lead 2-1.
King finished 116 to take the fourth, with Beaton edging back ahead with an 11-darter before being punished for a miss at tops in the sixth as the Norfolk ace levelled at three-all.
Beaton moved back ahead at 4-3 and then broke in a dramatic eighth leg, as King burst his score on 134 before seeing his opponent take out a huge 160 finish.
King responded superbly by hitting 180s in the next two legs as he sent the game into a decider, but Beaton scored 140, 95 and 100 in being first to a finish before finishing 76 on tops for the title.
King picked up £10,000 as the runner-up as he tasted defeat for a second time this year in a European Tour final.
He had also been in superb form throughout the weekend, kicking off Sunday's final stages with a narrow win over Peter Wright before whitewashing James Wade in the quarter-finals and seeing off Wayne Jones 6-4 in the semis.
Jones' run to the last four continued a welcome return to form for the Wolverhampton ace, whose wins over Gary Anderson - where he hit four ton-plus finishes - and Mareno Michels, with a 6-0 whitewash, helped him to snatch qualification for the partypoker.com World Grand Prix.
Whitlock also continued his superb recent form by reaching the semi-finals, defeating Stuart Kellett and Kevin Painter on Sunday before losing out to Beaton.
Whitlock's result also means that he retains fourth place in the PDC Order of Merit ahead of James Wade, who reached the quarter-finals on his return from suspension before losing out to King.
Dutch youngster Mareno Michels had won through to the quarter-finals of a PDC event for the first time before he was defeated by Jones, while Painter and Dolan also progressed to the last eight.
German Darts Masters
Wayne Jones 6-0 Mareno Michels
James Wade 0-6 Mervyn King
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Kevin Painter
Steve Beaton 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Wayne Jones 4-6 Mervyn King
Simon Whitlock 3-6 Steve Beaton
Mervyn King 5-6 Steve Beaton
All games the Best of 11 Legs