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Phil Taylor denies Raymond van Barneveld in nail-biting decider as Cadby continues dream run at the Auckland Darts Masters

Taylor makes it four wins from four against Van Barneveld in 2017 (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Phil Taylor punished a wasteful Raymond van Barneveld to progress to the Semi-Finals of the Auckland Masters courtesy of a last-leg victory on Saturday, while Corey Cadby powered past Michael Smith.

World Matchplay champion Taylor survived four match darts from his great rival before taking out 91 in the deciding leg to remain on course for glory at the Trusts Arena.

Having thrashed Barney 11-3 en route to a 16th Matchplay crown a fortnight ago, 'The Power' inflicted more pain on the Dutchman as he edged through to the Last Four.

Van Barneveld fired in finishes of 116 and 121 on the way to a 3-2 lead, but nine missed darts at doubles in leg six allowed Taylor off the hook to restore parity.

The next four legs were shared before Taylor took out 98 to edge in front at 6-5, though Van Barneveld hit back with a 180 and a 90 checkout to level.

After the pair exchanged legs 13 and 14, Van Barneveld looked to have made the crucial breakthrough as he finished 72 to break and move 8-7 up.

He then landed double 12 to go within a leg of victory before Taylor finished tops to cut the gap, and after RVB had missed one match dart at double 20, the Stoke maestro converted double ten to force a decider.

Despite Taylor having the throw, it was Van Barneveld who got down to a finish first but squandered a further three darts at doubles, and Taylor punished emphatically with a 91 checkout on double 16 to snatch victory.

Taylor will mark his 57th birthday with a Semi-Final show-down against Cadby after the 22-year-old saw off Smith 10-5.

The World Youth Champion followed up his First Round scalp of Peter Wright with another impressive display, averaging 100 and hitting ten of his 16 attempts at doubles.

Cadby burst into the big time by defeating Taylor in last year's Perth Masters and now has the opportunity to repeat the feat and reach his first senior PDC final.

In-form Kyle Anderson held his nerve to edge out Australian compatriot Simon Whitlock in a dramatic last-leg shoot-out.

Last Saturday's Players Championship event winner battled back from 4-1 and 7-5 down to deny the former world finalist in a nip and tuck contest.

Whitlock raced to the opening three legs before Anderson claimed four of the next five to level up, including an 84 checkout on the bullseye.

The duo remained locked level until the 15th leg before Anderson broke throw with a 78 finish, but missed seven darts at doubles in the following leg to allow 'The Wizard' to capitalise.

Whitlock wired the bull for a 170 checkout but returned to hit double eight to move to the brink of victory, but it was Anderson who took out 72 to send it all the way before sealing the deal on tops.

Elsewhere, James Wade ended the hopes of form horse Daryl Gurney courtesy of an impressive 10-7 victory with a 100.7 average.

The first eight legs were shared before Wade reeled off the next three legs all on double ten and followed up with a superb 124 checkout to storm 8-4 in front.

Gurney fought his way back with 180s in the next two legs along with double 16 and double 12, before rattling in a 130 checkout on the bull to trail 8-7.

Wade, though, punished two missed attempts at doubles from 'Superchin' in leg 16 before landing his fourth 180 and double ten in the proceeding leg to get over the line.

Auckland Darts Masters 2017 Results


Saturday August 12 

Quarter-Finals

James Wade 10-7 Daryl Gurney
Kyle Anderson 10-9 Simon Whitlock
Raymond van Barneveld 9-10 Phil Taylor
Corey Cadby 10-5 Michael Smith


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Phil Taylor denies Raymond van Barneveld in nail-biting decider as Cadby continues dream run at the Auckland Darts Masters

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