Peter Wright is through the final of the PDC World Championship after beating Simon Whitlock 6-2 at Alexandra Palace.
Wright did not compete in either world event between 1996 and 2009 but could now complete a remarkable career turnaround with victory on Wednesday.
He will take on either Adrian Lewis or Michael van Gerwen who face each other in the second semi-final.
Wright began with a 13-darter to break the throw and easily took the first set 3-1 before going two legs up in the second.
Whitlock pulled that back to 2-2 but Wright checked out 61 on double-top to move into a 2-0 lead.
The Scotsman then took the third set but Whitlock, who has appeared in the final of both forms of the World Championship, is made of stern stuff and fought back to claim the fourth set 3-1.
Wright, however, was in insatiable form and claimed the next two sets 3-1 and 3-0 to move within touching distance of the final.
When Whitlock was broken in the next leg, it looked as if the 43-year-old would cruise to the New Year’s Day showpiece but he began to show some nerves and poor scoring led to him surrendering a 2-1 lead.
A seventh double-16 finish then saw Wright level things up but Whitlock held his nerve on double-top in the next to get a set back.
The man known as ’Snakebite’ went 2-0 up in the eighth set and had the darts in his hand to go through but again showed nerves as he gifted his Australian opponent a leg.
There was to be no further reprieve, though, and he finished the match on double-eight to move into his first World Championship final.