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Awesome Taylor annihilates Stompe

Phil Taylor
Taylor was in irrepressible form and cantered into the last four

Top seed Phil "The Power" Taylor produced a scintillating display to thrash Co Stompe 5-0 and reach the PDC World Championship semi-finals.

Taylor, beaten by the Dutchman in November, found his usual accuracy from the start and raced into a 3-0 lead.

Stompe performed impressively but was outclassed by the world number one, who took the final two sets with some ease.

Standing between Stoke's Taylor and the final is Mervyn King, a 5-2 victor against Welshman Barrie Bates.

King, who was knocked out in the round of 32 last year, signalled his intent by storming to a two-set lead.

Locked at two legs apiece, both players missed numerous opportunities to check out in the third set before Bates came through.

The momentum was suddenly with Bates and, despite losing the first two legs of the fourth set, he rallied to level the match at 2-2 and made the early running in the fifth.

But King remained calm and came from behind to take that set and showed his class in wrapping up the final two.

Mervyn King
King overcame from a mid-match wobble to take victory against Bates

The victory moves King up to sixth in the world rankings and should secure him a place in the Premier League.

But he will be fortunate to escape if he suffers another mid-match wobble against Taylor.

However, he said: "I'm not here to lose in the semi-final - I'm here to win it. I've got it in me and it's got to come out at the right time."

Taylor, the 13-time world champion, lost 5-4 to Wayne Mardle in the 2008 quarter-finals, but the 48-year-old looks in imperious form this time around.

Against any other player, Stompe would have been in with a decent chance given the standard of his performance.

But he was dominated from the first dart and the closest he came to winning a set came when he took two legs in the second before Taylor shut the door.

Joe Lewis

Taylor scored five 180s en route to his triumph, which he sealed with double top.

"I'm delighted with that performance," he said. "When he kicked in with a good shot I seemed to follow him.

"I actually played better against Co in Germany when he beat me, but he didn't reproduce that tonight."

He added of his last-four clash with King: "There's no pressure on me now and Mervyn has to come out and have a massive game. He's a good player and he's got a scrap on his hands."

Stompe said: "Phil was brilliant, he really turned up. Maybe he has had a few better displays but not many."

The semi-final line-up will be complete on Friday when Paul Nicholson takes on third seed James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld, seeded two, plays Jelle Klaasen.

see also
Darts results
12 Oct 00 |  Darts
PDC World Championship draw
30 Dec 08 |  Darts

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