Taylor fightback stuns Hamilton

  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 18:10 GMT

Phil Taylor came from 9-5 down to beat Andy Hamilton and complete the quarter-final line-up at the Cash Converters Players Championship finals.

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The 15-time world champion looked to be on his way out of the event when 'The Hammer' rattled off six legs to go from 3-1 down to 7-3 up.

The two Stoke players then shared the next four legs to leave Hamilton just one leg away from booking his place in the last four in Minehead.

But Taylor turned on the afterburners and won five straight legs to run out a 10-9 winner and book a semi-final clash with Simon Whitlock.

Taylor said: "I was dead and buried at 9-5 and I just wanted to give the fans a show but then I started to peg Andy back and he gave me a glimmer of hope.

"It was a great game and to win it like that sets me up for the semi-finals."

Hamilton was left to rue one missed dart at tops for the match, when needing 60 he threw his first dart out of the board before then landing the single 20 to leave him a single dart at a double, which landed on the wrong side of the wire.

"I probably rushed the 60 and thought I was at the finishing line," admitted Hamilton, who hit seven 180s and a 142 finish.

"It's disappointing to lose but there are so many positives to take from my performance and the only negative is that I lost."

Whitlock won a high-quality encounter with Gary Anderson 10-8, holding off the Scot's fightback from 4-0 and 6-1 down.

"It was a great game and I was pretty nervous at the end because Gary hit me with a barrage of 180s and came back like the champion he is," said Whitlock. "It's great to be in the semi-finals now and I'll have to prepare myself for the evening."

Kim Huybrechts and Justin Pipe will do battle in the other semi-final after their victories over Peter Wright and Mervyn King respectively.

Huybrechts averaged 104.34 in a superb 10-6 defeat of Wright, with a mid-game surge seeing the Belgian win five straight legs to take an advantage he would never surrender.

"We both played some really good darts but my finishing was the difference," said 26-year-old Huybrechts. "I'm a very happy man and I'm getting a lot of trust in my game, especially my finishing, at the moment."

Pipe, meanwhile, was a 10-7 winner against former finalist King.

"I thought at one point that Mervyn was going to come back at me so I'm glad I got it finished," said Pipe. "Mervyn's been playing really well lately, so to beat him on stage is massive and it means a lot to me.

"I feel a lot more comfortable on the stage and I'm getting used to it, and I'm over the moon to be in my first TV semi-final. Kim's a great player and one of us will be in our first TV final, so it's a big opportunity tonight."


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