PHIL TAYLOR and Gary Anderson will clash in the BetVictor World Matchplay on Saturday night after winning through epic quarter-finals against Mervyn King and Steve Beaton at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.
Taylor continued his bid to win the World Matchplay title for a 16th time with a gritty 16-14 win over King in an enthralling contest on a thrilling Friday night's action.
The Stoke legend showed all his experience and class in a fine tussle, as 50-year-old King pushed him all the way in front of a sell-out crowd.
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN and Adrian Lewis will meet in the BetVictor World Matchplay semi-finals on Saturday night after they enjoyed quarter-final victories over Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.
Reigning World Matchplay champion van Gerwen continued his charge towards a second successive Blackpool triumph with a dominant display against Chisnall as the pair met at this stage for the third time in four years.
The world number one punished a slow start from Chisnall to open up leads of 2-0, 5-1 and 10-2 before the number nine seed sparked his challenge into life with a 116 checkout in leg 13.
STEVE BEATON and Mervyn King continued their BetVictor World Matchplay renaissances as they joined Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson in the quarter-finals in Blackpool with second round victories on Wednesday evening.
World number 26 Beaton won through to his first major quarter-final for over five years - since his run to the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals - as he overcame number seven seed Michael Smith 11-7 with a classy display.
After Beaton took the opening two legs, Smith got off the mark with a brilliant 156 checkout, only to see his opponent then take out 160 to move 3-1 up in style.
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN raced into the BetVictor World Matchplay quarter-finals with an 11-3 win over Kyle Anderson at Blackpool's Winter Gardens on Tuesday, as Adrian Lewis overcame Gerwyn Price to join Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright in the last eight.
Reigning champion van Gerwen had whitewashed Jamie Caven 10-0 in the first round on Saturday and was in equally ruthless mood against Australia's Anderson, who found himself 5-0 down as the Dutchman made an explosive start.
A 160 checkout saw Anderson get off the mark and he also took out a 13-darter to pull back to 7-2, with van Gerwen finishing double 19 and 100 to edge away once more before completing a heavy win.