Van Gerwen wins thriller

30 December 2017 21:53:22 GMTPlus11

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen is through to the semi-finals of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship following a 5-4 victory over Dutch compatriot Raymond van Barneveld.

The pair once again produced a thrilling content that went right down to the wire before the number one seed clinched the win to seal a spot in the last four.

Van Gerwen averaged 102.91 and looked to be in control of the match when he had darts to go 4-1 up. Barney hit back though and won the fifth and sixth sets to level the tie at 3-3. The former world champions shared out the next two sets before Mighty Mike found an extra gear in the deciding set to take it 3-1.

The world number one is now 8/15 to lift his third world title on New Year's Day but in order to reach the final again he must overcome Rob Cross in the semi-finals, Van Gerwen is 1/1 to eliminate Voltage.

Elsewhere on Friday, Phil Taylor was victorious 5-3 against two-time world champion Gary Anderson to keep his dream alive of winning the trophy in what is his last tournament before retiring from the sport.

The Power got off to a fast start as he raced into a 4-1 lead against the Flying Scotsman. Anderson then won two of the next three sets as he threatened to push the game into a decider. However, Taylor hit double tops in the last leg of the eighth set to secure his place in the last four.

Taylor will now meet Jamie Lewis in the semi-finals at the Alexandra Palace. The 57-year-old is 1/1 to beat the Welshman and 3/1 to win his 17th world title on 1st January.

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