Taylor sets up clash with Van Barneveld

Phil Taylor made it a hat-trick of Blue Square UK Open televised nine-dart finishes as he set up a quarter-final re-match with arch rival Raymond van Barneveld at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton.

Phil Taylor made it a hat-trick of Blue Square UK Open televised nine-dart finishes as he set up a quarter-final re-match with arch rival Raymond van Barneveld at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton.

The pair will meet at the last eight stage of the event for a second successive year on Sunday as Taylor looks to avenge the 11-10 win van Barneveld managed a year ago on his way to the title as the "FA Cup of Darts" lived up to its name.

Taylor had earlier extended his incredible run of success at the Reebok Stadium with a third nine-darter in four years during an 11-5 win over Wes Newton.

Taylor led only 6-5 when he achieved the feat - his fifth in a major televised tournament and second in a month to earn himself a £20,000 bonus and cost tournament sponsors Blue Square almost £50,000 after they offered to refund the stake of all losing Outright Winner bets placed before the event should a nine-darter be hit.

Two other players almost achieved nine-darters, with both Mark Dudbridge and Kevin Painter missing double 12 with their final dart.

Both exited at the last 16 stage, with Painter going down 11-9 to Colin Lloyd and Dudbridge losing 11-4 to Terry Jenkins.

Colin Osborne ended the hopes of Michael van Gerwen and Mervyn King with some tremendous darts to book his place in the last eight, where he will now face Alan Green.

Liverpool's Green reached his first major quarter-final by overcoming Kevin McDine, Andy Callaby and Darren Webster on Saturday - having started the event in round one on Thursday night.

Punch Taverns player Sam Rooney was the best-performing pub qualifier, reaching round five before going down 11-6 to Richie Burnett.

The Welshman's challenge, though, was later ended by Vincent van der Voort as the Dutchman set up a quarter-final against Jenkins.

Steve Hine, a muffin baker from Coventry, takes on Lloyd in the other quarter-final, with the winner going on to meet either Taylor or van Barneveld in the semis later on Sunday afternoon.

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