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Sunday 17 December 2017

Taylor bounces back to Power into semis

Phil Taylor reeled off six straight legs to reach the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix with a 4-3 triumph over Gary Anderson in Dublin.

Taylor avoided a shock defeat by winning the final two sets 3-0 3-0 against the Scot to set up a last-four meeting with his protege, Adrian Lewis.

"It was a great game to be involved in," said Taylor, who missed the bullseye for a nine-dart finish in the match.

"Gary was brilliant and hit some fantastic shots and he pushed me all the way.

"This has set me up to hopefully go on and keep this title now because it was a really high standard."

Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade and Lewis also booked their places in the semis with 4-1 victories.

The outcome was never in doubt for five-time world champion Van Barneveld after he established a 3-0 lead in his contest against Barrie Bates at the Citywest Hotel, and the highlight of world No9 Lewis' defeat of Wayne Jones was a 161 checkout, although the Stoke man wrapped up the contest with an impressive 140 finish.

Englishman Wade started slowly but won four straight sets to come back and beat Andy Hamilton 4-1.

The 2007 champion lost the opening set 3-0 but quickly bounced back to seal his place in the last four.

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