Taylor Changes Darts To Book Place In Semi's

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Phil TaylorPhil Taylor booked his place in the World Matchplay darts semi-final's last night after a change of darts worked a treat for the 5 times champion. (Taylor 1/10 to beat Baxter).

Taylor initially went down 2-0 to Andy Hamilton, but despite hitting 12 180s Hamilton was no match for the world number 1. Taylor said: "I changed back to my old darts, I was unbeatable in my living room, but for some reason it wasn't working on stage so I just went back to my old darts."

Taylor made key early finishes of 126 and 127 in successive legs and sealed his win with a 170 checkout booking him a place in tonight's semi-final against Ronnie Baxter. (Baxter 6/1 to beat Taylor).

Taylor added: "I am happy that the 170 went in at the end, and I will definitely be in for another battle tonight against Ronnie. The tournament is just getting better and better and I will do everything I can to win this title again." .

James Wade was also triumphant in last night's quarter-finals, the World Matchplay champion held off a comeback from Michael van Gerwan to book his place in tonight's semi's against Terry Jenkins. (Wade 4/9 to beat Jenkins).

Wade said: "I am absolutely delighted to be in the semi-finals again, and I am having to work really hard." (Jenkins 7/4 to beat Wade).


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