2012 PDC World Matchplay Semi-finals

If you read our pre-tournament World Matchplay article (available still here), you will see that we fancied a Wade v Taylor final. A fixture that still may come to fruition. We also tipped Ronnie Baxter as a long shot, and so far the local lad has done us proud, however he faces the toughest of semi-final opponents in Phil Taylor and tomorrow evening may see the end of his tournament run.
Baxter and Taylor have history going back to 1991, maybe further? Both in their 52nd year, proving that age is no barrier in top flight darts, The Power unfeasibly consistent throughout the decades and Baxter demonstrating that a darts player can peak at any stage in their career. 

Of the 39 recorded matches we have in our database, The Rocket has only managed to outwit Taylor on 3 occasions. Obviously, there is an argument that no player has a good record against the 15 times world champion, but Baxter can take heart int he fact that one of his victories was achieved on the Blackpool stage back in 1998 at the quarter final stage. That particular year he reached the final, eventually losing out to Rod Harrington, who successfully defended the title the following year.

So Ronnie has it all to do when he takes to the stage later this evening, one thing is for sure he won’t lack support from his home crowd, and if he can chuck a 100 average and take out 3 figure finishes, he may wind the clock back 14 years.

James Wade and Terry Jenkins have a 30 match history with Wade taking the honours 20-10. Jenkins though, has won 3 of their last 4 meetings and has shown a steely determination in this years Matchplay, and will take great confidence from elimating the current world champion yesterday.

Wade last night spoke of a refound love for the game, and new practice regime – albeit just 1 hour a day, and stated he relishes a battle. And a battle is what we should see, expect this to be a close game with tungsten twists and turns a plenty.

Saturday July 28

7.10pm

Terry Jenkins v  James Wade - see head to heads

9.00pm

Phil Taylor v Ronnie Baxter - see head to heads

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