Peter Wright admitted the heat got to him before a devastating performance to KO Simon Whitlock in the BetVictor World Matchplay quarter-final.
Snakebite will face Mensur Suljovic in tonight’s semi-finals after a clinical display to beat the Wizard 16-5 at the Winter Gardens.
Wright, last year’s runner-up, produced an incredible 76 per cent checkout rate despite admitting he was suffering with the temperature in the heat of the battle.
He revealed: “I wasn't really feeling it tonight until just before I went on stage and then I got my focus.
“I wanted a lot more tonight but I was struggling a bit in the heat which affected my darts. I've been practicing my finishing a lot so it was pleasing to be so accurate on my doubles.
“Simon is always capable of running off a number of legs so I had to keep my concentration to stay in front and keep him under as much pressure as I could.
“The main thing was I got the win but I will have to be better to win the tournament.”
It was one-way traffic in the early stages as Wright took a grip of the quarter-final with a 5-0 lead from the first session.
Whitlock did try and stop the rot but when Wright went into the second break 8-2 in front, it looked all over.
The Scottish ace rounded off a magnificent performance with an 82 finish on the bull to seal the biggest quarter-final winning margin since 2011.
Earlier in the evening, Suljovic won through to his first World Matchplay semi-final thanks to a hard-fought 16-10 victory over Darren Webster.
Suljovic said: “It's a good feeling and I'm so happy. My game wasn't the best today but I never gave up. Darren is such a good player and it was a very hard match.
“I promised my son a new pair of trainers if I won so he was going crazy!”
By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)