FREE-SCORING Scott Mitchell refused to dwell on his missed doubles after slipping to a narrow quarter-final defeat in the World Darts Trophy this afternoon.

'The Dog' hit treble figures no fewer than 50 times - nine more than his opponent - during his last-eight encounter with Hartlepool's Paul Jennings but bowed out 10-8 after missing three doubles in the decisive 18th leg.

Prior to that, Mitchell had been in fine fettle, sweeping aside Canadian David Cameron 6-0 in his opening match before despatching much-fancied Darryl Fitton 7-2 yesterday. 

And after achieving a 90-plus three-dart average across three matches in Blackpool, the Bransgore-based player was happy enough with his displays.

Mitchell told the Daily Echo: “My scoring was really good it was just my short irons which let me down. I didn't quite set myself up on the doubles and I got punished.

“But the averages were some of the best I have ever had so I could not grumble too much, especially after demoralising a top player like Darryl Fitton.

“That turned a few heads and was a great result in terms of establishing myself on the BDO circuit.”

Mitchell, who has featured in tournaments every weekend since the World Championship at Lakeside, travels to Glasgow for the Scottish Open on Friday.