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Phil Taylor and Van Barneveld fall to shock defeats

PDC World Darts Championship
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 16 December-3 January
Coverage: Live on Sky Sports, reports and results on BBC Sport website

Phil Taylor and Mark Webster
Webster was thrashed 6-0 by Taylor in last year's semi-finals

World champion Phil Taylor and third seed Raymond van Barneveld crashed out in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championships at Alexandra Palace.

Taylor, the holder and 15-times world champion, was beaten 5-2 by Welshman Mark Webster, who will face number five seed Adrian Lewis in the semi-finals.

"I played the board and not the man," said Webster. "It's the biggest win of my career without a doubt."

Van Barneveld was thrashed 5-1 by Gary Anderson, who now plays Terry Jenkins.

"I was a bit worried when I lost the first set but after I won the second I just battled on," said Anderson.

Mark was the better player without a shadow of a doubt

Phil Taylor

Dutchman Van Barneveld took the opening set but was blown away by a dominant display from Scotland's Anderson.

But it was Webster who caused the biggest sensation with his win over bookies' favourite Taylor, who has only lost five matches in 17 years at the PDC event.

At 3-1 behind, Taylor was in trouble, but he raised his performance and halved that deficit.

Webster produced a 121 finish in the very next leg and had double 20 to go 2-0 up but missed.

However, Taylor then failed to hit the bull and it cost him as Webster checked out on his next visit.

An 11-dart finish from Taylor narrowed the gap and he looked set to win the next leg but Webster suddenly found an extra gear, hitting the bull to set up a 72 finish for a 4-2 lead.

Webster went two legs down in the next set but kept his nerve under intense pressure, aided by some wayward darts from Taylor, to seal victory with double 20.

606: DEBATE

Taylor, who came into the tournament after making history for darts by finishing second in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, had no complaints about his defeat.

"Mark was the better player without a shadow of a doubt," he said. "The number of times he hit the double with his last dart was crippling, his bottle was brilliant.

"I hit a lot of 60s but a lot of my doubles were on the wires. Practising beforehand I was brilliant but it did not go on stage with me. You have to put your practise game out there. Mark was very good and his finishing was excellent."

A delighted Webster, who won the rival BDO world title in 2008, said that his 6-0 defeat by Taylor in last year's PDC semi-final had served as extra motivation.

"The main objective was to do myself justice," said Webster. "I needed to get Phil involved in a scrap and it worked for me.

"I was very nervous at the start so to win the first set was lucky, and then I settled in and I was 3-1 up, and I knew if I lost 5-3 no-one would bat an eyelid. The pressure was off and I played some good darts."

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see also
Taylor eases into quarter-finals
29 Dec 10 |  Darts
Wade suffers shock loss at Worlds
28 Dec 10 |  Darts
Van Barneveld cruises past Hine
22 Dec 10 |  Darts
Taylor cruises into PDC last 16
27 Dec 10 |  Darts
My greatest award ever - Taylor
20 Dec 10 |  Darts
Sports Personality 2010 - Phil Taylor
19 Dec 10 |  Sports Personality
Darts results
12 Oct 00 |  Darts


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