Power surges into semis
Chisnall, Ovens and Thornton also into the last four
Last Updated: June 10, 2012 5:02pm
Phil Taylor: Overcame Terry Jenkins 10-5 to seal his place in the last four
Phil Taylor remains on course to win his fifth UK Open title after he eased past Terry Jenkins to book his place in the semi-finals.
The 15-time world champion is looking to reclaim the crown he lost to James wade last year and looks very much like the man to beat as he cruised into the last four with a 10-5 success at the Reebok Arena in Bolton.
He was always in charge against Jenkins and stretched into a 4-1 lead at the first interval.
'The Bull' did take out 78 clinch the next and get back within two, but Taylor again pulled away, producing a stunning 125 check-out that included two bulls to open a 6-3 lead.
Jenkins was still within three at 8-5, but Taylor duly reeled off two legs on the trot to seal victory, finishing with a three-dart average of 106.5.
Ovens next for Taylor
Taylor will now play Denis Ovens in the semis, Ovens beating Jamie Caven 10-6 in the last match of the afternoon.
Like Taylor, Dave Chisnall was also a 10-5 victor as he knocked out five-time world champion Raymond Van Barneveld.
Chisnall started like a house on fire and broke his opponent three times as raced into a 5-0 lead at the interval.
Van Barneveld hit back after the break and, having closed to 5-3, had darts to get back within one, only to miss and allow Chisnall to pull three clear again by hitting double-12.
Having edged 8-5 ahead, Chisnall then took out 54 and 66 to win the final two legs and secure his progress.
In the afternoon's first match, Scotland's Robert Thornton edged a tight encounter as he dumped out world number five, and last year's finalist, Wes Newton 10-8.