Phil Taylor defeated Mervyn King and Gary Anderson beat Steve Beaton at World Matchplay
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 23/07/16 9:14am
Phil Taylor won his 100th appearance at the World Matchplay to progress past Mervyn King in the quarter-finals.
He will now meet Gary Anderson, who ground out a 16-13 win over Steve Beaton, in Saturday's semi-finals while Michael van Gerwen plays Adrian Lewis.
The 15-time champion Taylor kept his hopes alive of another Blackpool title by winning for the 93rd time at the tournament with a 16-14 score-line against the unseeded King.
Taylor was frequently battling for survival but sensationally put together a 10-dart leg and a 12-dart leg to break King's throw and move 14-13 ahead.
Finding his best form just as King sniffed a chance of an upset, Taylor kept his cool down the home-straight and held his throw to book a semi-final spot.
"I missed a few doubles and that's going to have to stop. It's nitty gritty time now," Taylor said afterwards.
Later, Gary Anderson kept his pursuit of a first Matchplay title alive by edging out Steve Beaton in the last eight.
'The Bronzed Adonis' was a crowd favourite but couldn't upset the current world No 2, who is aiming to add the Blackpool crown to back-to-back World Championships and a Premier League.
Anderson led by five legs at 9-4 but allowed Beaton, the 1996 world champion, to slowly reduce the deficit and eventually draw level at 12 apiece.
The crucial moment arrived when Beaton, 14-12 behind, failed with three darts to check out from five. Anderson stole that leg and it carried him into the semi-finals.