Darts ace Dave Chisnall exited the BetVictor World Matchplay at the quarter-final stage after a 16-8 defeat to Phil Taylor on Friday night.
Morecambe-based Chisnall out-scored his rival with nine 180s to Taylor’s six, but four key ton-plus checkouts helped the Stoke great pull clear in mid-game before he went on to seal the win.
The victory for the Power at the Winter Gardens means his bid to win an eighth successive World Matchplay, and a 16th triumph in total in Blackpool, will continue in the semi-finals against James Wade on Saturday.
Chisnall actually took the game’s opening leg with a 13-darter against the throw - but it would prove to be the only time he led during the contest as Taylor levelled and then finished a 14-darter to move 2-1 up.
Chisnall levelled with another 13-darter, but Taylor found another gear to hit an 11-darter - where the players traded 180s - before breaking throw by taking out 130 for a 12-darter to lead 4-2.
Double nine gave Taylor the next before Chisnall traded 12-dart finishes with his rival, only for another 130 checkout to put the world number two 7-3 up.
The next two were shared before Taylor pulled clear with six straight legs, which saw him land a brace of 68 checkouts before finishing 161 and 100 to leave the Morecambe man trailing 14-4.
Chisnall rallied to win four of the next five to keep his feint hopes alive, but Taylor was ruthless in sealing victory, scoring a 180 and a 177 in a 12-darter as double 16 secured his spot in the last four.
“I hit my finishes well tonight and I want to kick on now,” said Taylor, who is now unbeaten in 38 games on the Winter Gardens stage since 2007.
“Dave makes you nervous and puts you under pressure from the very start. The only way to beat Dave is to try and match him when he hits the big scores, and he’s a great player.”