Glen Durrant stormed into the next stage of the PDC Home Tour with three successive victories and an evening average that hovered tantalisingly short of three figures.
The three-time Lakeside world champion saw off Dutch pair Vincent Van Der Meer and Maik Kuivenhoven, and his good friend Justin Pipe in a high-quality display that saw him average 99.85.
Durrant admitted he has struggled to adapt to the new format, telling the PDC's live stream: "I've tried this online darts over the past couple of weeks and it's not been for me, but I practice for two hours every night and I've thoroughly enjoyed it."
Durrant, the current Premier League leader, averaged 101.8 in his opening 5-1 win over Van Der Meer but Pipe followed up with victory over Kuivenhoven by the same score.
After Kuivenhoven eased through the all-Dutch battle, Durrant clinched a good-natured clash with Pipe with a 5-3 success that hinged on a stunning 164 checkout in the fourth leg.
Pipe's subsequent 5-2 win over Van Der Meer left Durrant needing just four legs in his final clash with Kuivenhoven to guarantee top spot.
A 110 checkout with Kuivenhoven poised on double 10 for a 3-1 lead swung the tie in favour of Durrant, who followed up with a 97 checkout to seal a 5-3 win and guarantee victory.