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No Power cut as Taylor surges into world semis


By James Tait

Phil Taylor is one step closer to closing the curtain on his career in fairytale fashion after beating Gary Anderson 5-3 in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Darts Championship last night.

The Power, who will retire after the tournament, rolled back the years to ramp up his pursuit of a remarkable 17th and final world title.

The 57-year-old will face surprise package Jamie Lewis in the semi-finals tonight after the Welshman whitewashed Darren Webster 5-0 in the first last-eight clash yesterday.

The 26-year-old provisional-round qualifier had earlier beaten second seed Peter Wright in one of the shock results of the tournament.

The other semi-final tonight sees reigning champion Michael van Gerwen take on Rob Cross.

Van Gerwen is the hot favourite to clinch his third world crown, but was pushed all the way by fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld yesterday before squeezing through 5-4.

He said: "At the beginning Raymond was playing well and I was struggling a little bit.

"I'm really glad I was the winner. He played really well. I didn't expect him to keep his motivation up so long."

Cross, the 20th seed, held off a spirited fightback from Dimitri Van den Bergh to win by the same scoreline.

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