Monday 22 January 2018

Ruthless Taylor Powers into Citywest quarter-finals

Phil Taylor eased his way into the quarter-finals of the World Darts Grand Prix at Citywest, taking just 11-legs to knock out 'The Pieman' Andy Smith last night.

'The Power' dropped just two legs in the match as he took 35 minutes to see off Smith and go one step further to a 10th Grand Prix and a 70th televised championship win.

Taylor brutally saw off his opponent and he now goes on to face Gary Anderson in Friday's last-eight match up.

"I'll have a killer instinct in the quarter-finals. It's hard to grit your teeth against Andy, he's a friendly giant. The longer format always suits me," Taylor said.

Wayne Jones progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time last night and afterwards admitted to being "dangerous" for the rest of the week.

Having broke into the world's top 16 for the first time this year, Jones admitted that his scoring in his 3-0 defeat of Steve Brown was not up to scratch.

A 124 checkout was one of the highlight's of Jones' performance and he feels if he can convert his scoring from the practice board to the stage, he can be a real threat this week.

"The 3-0 flattered me a little bit," Jones admitted. "I've got one 180 in two games. That's pretty naff, but if I can get my scoring to what I am doing in practice, I can be dangerous for anyone this week."

Jones will face Adrian Lewis after the Englishman beat Terry Jenkins 3-2.

Lewis is another to admit his scoring could be better, but the 25-year-old is hopeful of building on last night's success.

"I started the legs better than most players probably have and I am usually so prolific with my scoring, but (it) just wasn't up there tonight, so I have to build on that," Lewis said.

"If Terry hit his doubles to start, he'd have beat me. I have played Barney and Phil in the quarters and could have beat them, so hopefully this will be the year."

Anderson lined up his showdown with Taylor after he saw off Kevin Painter in the final leg of their thrilling 3-2 encounter.

Painter missed three darts for the match and Anderson had even put his darts away before he bounced back to secure victory.

"If I go up there against Phil and it happens, it happens," said the Scot. "Phil has got a lot more stamina then I do, but it's a short game."

Raymond van Barneveld is first on stage tonight as he faces Mark Walsh.

Walsh's opening round win over Denis Ovens was impressive and he will be hoping to claim the scalp of Barney, who is just on the back of a two-month competitive absence.

World finalist Simon Whitlock plays world number 11 Andy Hamilton tonight and James Wade, who took out Balbriggan's Mick McGowan on Tuesday night, faces Colin Osborne, while in the last second round encounter, Wes Newton plays Barrie Bates.

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