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Raymond van Barneveld beats Phil Taylor in PDC quarter final

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Raymond van Barneveld in action at the Ally Pally tonight
Raymond van Barneveld in action at the Ally Pally tonight

Raymond van Barneveld saw off long-term rival Phil Taylor to claim a place in the PDC World Darts Championship semi-finals at the Alexandria Palace.

Barney won the titanic struggle 5-3, and earns the right to face countryman Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final.

The Dutchman led 1-0 and 2-1 before a brilliant 120 checkout saw the fan favourite take a 3-1 lead in sets.

But 16-time champ Taylor showed all is class to battle back to make it 3-3.

However, Van Barneveld would not be denied and he won the next two sets to tie up a 5-3 win.

And here is how Barney ended the hopes of The Power for 2017.

In truth neither veteran hit the heights we have seen from others in the tournament and Barney faces a huge challenge against Van Gerwen, who blew away Daryl Gurney 5-1 tonight in their quarter final, nabbing himself a 103.8 three-dart average in the process.

Earlier, Gary Anderson's defence of the World Darts Championship came under a stern examination in a thrilling contest with Dave Chisnall.

Anderson is chasing a third successive crown at the Alexandra Palace but was tested in a 5-3 win which sent him through to the semi-finals.

It was a 180-fest as the pair threw 33 maximums between them, one short of the record in the history of televised games.

Things looked good for Anderson when he checked out on 104 to claim the first set against the throw before holding to take a 2-0 lead.

Chisnall fought back to 2-2 before another sizeable finish - a 124 checkout on the bull - from Anderson restored his lead only for his opponent to respond again.

With both players averaging well over 100, Chisnall was on a roll and found himself in a great position to go 4-3 up but he crucially missed four doubles and Anderson stole the set.

He then ran away with the final set to tee up a last-four date with Peter Wright.

Wright edged out James Wade 5-3 in the afternoon's other quarter-final.

It was another keenly-contested game as Wright was one arrow away from landing the first nine-darter of the tournament while Wade won one set with checkouts of 144 and 155. Wright assumed control with back-to-back sets and he saw it out.