Players Championship darts: Justin Pipe to face Phil Taylor in Minehead
Last Updated: 01/12/13 5:58pm
Justin Pipe faces Phil Taylor in the semis
Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor remained on collision course for the final of the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals as they came through their quarter-final ties.
Van Gerwen was a comfortable 9-4 winner over Wes Newton in the first match of the last eight at Butlins in Minehead, before Taylor concluded proceedings with a comprehensive 9-2 beating of old rival Raymond van Barneveld.
Local lad Justin Pipe from Taunton will be the man tasked with trying to end Taylor's run in the semi-finals, as he set-up a last-four meeting with The Power by edging out Gary Anderson 9-7.
Van Gerwen will battle it out with the ultimate battler Andy Hamilton as he ended Ian 'Diamond' White's best run in a major event with a 9-6 win for The Hammer.
Barney has been out of sorts for most of the event despite making it through to the last eight, but he had no answer to Taylor's 111.58 average in a one-sided clash between the two old rivals.
"I'm really happy with that," said Taylor. "Against Barney you've got to play like that and losing the first leg was the spur I needed to kick myself into gear.
"The average was great and I know I'm in good form going into the semi-finals, but I'll have to go up there and play well against Justin because he's doing well and it should be a great game."
Van Gerwen had a high-quality contest with Newton, with both men hitting six 180s and the Dutchman also needing a maximum 170 finish and average of 102.51 to make it through to the semis.
Hamilton led 4-0 over White and despite his opponent clinging on, he always had just enough of a cushion to go through despite some doubles trouble with his nine doubles coming from 25 attempts.
The match of the session came as Scotsman Anderson came from 3-0 down and consistently behind to draw level at 7-7, only for Pipe to then win the next two legs and make the semis for the second year running in the event.
"I'm over the moon to be in the semis again," said Pipe. "In a way it hurts to beat Gary because we travel together on the circuit and practice together and he's like my best mate, but I had to be professional and do the job.
"I thought we were going into a decider there and it would have been the biggest leg of my life, so it was a relief when I got the chance and took it."