Phil Taylor produced a fightback to reach the semis of the Players Championships Finals
Phil Taylor came from behind to beat Andy Hamilton and book his place in the semis of the Players Championships Finals.
Last Updated: 02/12/12 8:47pm
The two-time winner of the event looked set to suffer his first televised defeat to his fellow-Stoke thrower as Hamilton moved 7-3 and 9-5 ahead.
But that final leg proved beyond him as Taylor clawed his way back to pinch it 10-9, finishing on 109 to level the match before a superb 14-darter closed it out.
"I was dead and buried and I just wanted to give the fans a show but then I started to peg Andy back and he gave me a glimmer of hope," said Taylor, who next faces Simon Whitlock later on Sunday.
Whitlock had to withstand a fightback from Scotland's Gary Anderson, stretching ahead 4-0 and 6-1 before Anderson hit back, only to eventually submit 10-8.
The second semi-final will feature two players who have reached the last four of a televised major for the first time - Kim Huybrechts and Justin Pipe.
The former averaged over 104 in a 10-6 victory over Peter Wright, while Pipe overcame former finalist Mervyn King 10-7.