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Phil Taylor thumps Adrian Lewis to make PDC semi-finals

Phil Taylor
Taylor celebrates his comprehensive victory at Alexandra Palace

Phil Taylor produced a darts masterclass to thump his former protege Adrian Lewis 5-0 in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship.

The 14-time world champion had an average of 107, fired 10 180 maximums and only conceded four legs as he romped to a comfortable victory.

Taylor will meet Mark Webster in the semis, after his win over Co Stompe.

Raymond van Barneveld thrashed England's Ronnie Baxter 5-0 and will meet Australian Simon Whitlock.

Taylor and Lewis had a closely-fought opening set but once "The Power" found his rhythm, there was no stopping him.

606: DEBATE

Lewis was scoring freely, and ended the match with an average of 102, but the defending champion was in no mood to give the 24-year-old any opportunities - winning the next three sets without conceding a leg.

In the final set, Lewis took a 2-1 lead but Taylor levelled up before firing a ton and then a maximum before finishing the job with a double eight.

"I thought there was a lot of pressure on Adrian to be fair," said Taylor. "It's OK getting past the first and second round but then you've got to perform.

"But you can start to play your proper darts now and that's what I did. He was fantastic, but I just didn't give him a chance really.

"I was focused, I wasn't nervous. I was a bit excited about the game. I'm here to win the world championships, I really am up for this."

Whitlock stormed through to the last four with a shock 5-3 victory over world number three James Wade.

He produced a superb display, recording a three-dart average of 105.37 and a brilliant 170 checkout.

Whitlock had a superb start to the high-quality contest, wrapping up the first set with just 35 darts.

Simon Whitlock
Whitlock was in fine form against Wade

He took a 3-1 lead, then watched Wade come back to level the match at 3-3, before recovering his composure and finishing the job.

"It was the hardest game of my life," said Whitlock. "I was really focused and knew I had to play at my best."

Van Barneveld cruised through with a 5-0 thrashing of Baxter, his third straight-sets victory of this tournament.

The five-time world champion did not drop a leg in either of the opening two sets in a dominating performance.

It was a morale-boosting display for Van Barneveld, who said he was struggling to cope with diabetes after beating Kevin Painter in the third round.

"I felt much better up on stage today," he said. "In my last game I didn't feel good and was uncomfortable but I had a nice rest on Thursday.

"It's going to be a cracker against Simon [Whitlock]. I know I have to improve but I believe in myself and anything can happen."

Earlier, Webster held off a Stompe comeback to also win 5-3.

Webster, the 2008 BDO world champion, romped into a four-set lead as he dropped only three legs.

But fans favourite Stompe fought back superbly to win three sets, losing just four legs, before Webster sealed his semi spot with a 3-0 final set win.

"I'm proud of what I have achieved here this year," said Webster.

"I didn't do anything badly in those sets I lost but Co just upped his game as he had nothing to lose. He didn't lie down and made me nervous but I regained my calm to see the game out.

"I've exceeded what I thought I would do but I've played the best darts of my career."



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