Phil Taylor beats Andy Hamilton 5-0 to reach PDC World Championship semi-finals
By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK. Last Updated: 29/12/12 12:37am
Phil Taylor was in ruthless mood as he trounced Andy Hamilton 5-0 to set up a semi-final with Raymond van Barneveld at the PDC World Darts Championship.
The 15-time world champion dropped only two legs as he whitewashed his fellow Stoke thrower, finishing with an average of 101.38 - the fourth highest of the tournament so far.
But while Taylor was clinical, he was not put under any sort of pressure as Hamilton paid a heavy price for his inability to hit doubles.
The first set was a case in point as 'The Hammer' missed seven darts at doubles as he failed to register a leg and the second was the same story as Taylor again took it by three legs to nil.
Hamilton did get on the board by taking the opener in set three, but Taylor then reeled off six consecutive legs to move 4-0 ahead.
Hamilton kicked off the fifth set with a 95 check-out, but that would be his last success as Taylor again moved through the gears with check-outs of 91 and 65 helping to secure a facile triumph.
Taylor told Sky Sports afterwards: "It wasn't easy, I didn't think it was easy, he just kept missing doubles. I thought that game was about finishing, that was all it was really.
Taught a lesson
"Andy just kept letting me in, I knew if I could put him under pressure he was missing doubles. I had to bully him, that's what Andy does to other people, that's what Barney did to Simon - to keep bullying him on the finishing."
Hamilton added: "I got taught a lesson by the master, that's how it's supposed to be done. But I'm a quarter-finalist again and I've got to take the positives from this.
"I got taught a lesson by the master, that's how it's supposed to be done."
"I was just trying too hard, I was trying to prove a point and I shouldn't have to try. If I play my own game I give myself every chance, I was just trying too hard to beat Phil Taylor and I shouldn't do that. The harder you try the worse it gets and it got to me today."
Taylor now faces van Barneveld in the last four after the Dutchman beat Simon Whitlock 5-1 to progress on Friday night.
Following that success, van Barneveld claimed that he no longer feared Taylor, a statement that drew a slightly prickly response from his semi-final opponent.
Taylor said: "Why say it? I think he does. I think it's in his mind or why say it? Me and Barney are going to have a cracker and if he doesn't fear me I'm going to have to make him fear me in two days' time."