Taylor plays it cool to reach semi-finals

By RICHARD LEWIS

Last updated at 23:06 29 December 2006


Phil Taylor stormed into the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship — and there were handshakes and cuddles all around.

Twenty-four hours after his extraordinary bust-up with Chris Mason, Taylor — aiming for his 14th world title — beat Darren Webster, the qualifier from Norwich, 5-1.

Taylor fury after Mason row

A traumatic day had begun with Taylor lodging an official complaint to the sport’s governing body about Mason’s alleged on-stage swearing during their third round match, but it ended with The Power at his stress-free best.

It was a straightforward triumph, and when Webster won his only set, to make it 1-4, he shared a high-five with Taylor.

Taylor, who could be in trouble with the authorities after swearing the night before live in television, said: "I want to apologise for that. It was not right of me."

In Saturday’s semi-final, he meets Andy Hamilton, who beat Terry Jenkins 5-4.

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