Power relishing last chance saloon

31 December 2017 04:06:53 GMTPlus11

Phil Taylor is 'loving every minute' of his final World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace as he prepares to face Jamie Lewis in the last-four.

Taylor, who last won the tournament in 2013, will meet Welshman Jamie Lewis on Saturday bidding to ensure the curtain comes down on his career on the biggest stage of all.

The 57-year-old will be hoping to have a shot at his 17th world title on New Year's Day and Taylor is now 3/1 to win the tournament.

Either top seed Michael van Gerwen or tournament debutant Rob Cross will be waiting for Taylor or Lewis in the decider.

I'm going to miss it after next week.

Phil Taylor

Taylor, 1/1 to win, is expecting a tough encounter with Lewis, despite his inexperience. The veteran admits he'll miss the chants of the Ally Pally crowd.

"It's the greatest feeling in the world hearing the fans chant my name and I'm going to miss it after next week, but I've been around for 30 years. I'm loving every minute of it," Taylor told Sky Sports after defeating two-time world champion Gary Anderson 5-3 in the quarter-finals.

And on his semi-final opponent, Taylor added: "Jamie Lewis is a lovely lad. He's quiet and just gets on with it - this is life changing for him."

Van Gerwen edged out five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld 5-4 in another Ally Pally epic on Friday night. Cross meanwhile is attempting to emulate RVB in winning the PDC World Championship on debut.

Cross is 7/2 to stun van Gerwen, who is 8/15 to win the world title.

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