Power eases through in Blackpool
Phil Taylor was far short of his best despite cruising into the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay with a 13-3 crushing of Ian White.
The defending champion, bidding for his 13th title at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, needed only a three-dart average of 91.71 to see off his Stoke rival.
White had made a solid start and stayed in touch with The Power in the early stages, trailing 3-2 at the first break.
But Taylor overcame his inconsistent scoring to win 10 of the next 11 legs, although there were flashes of brilliance en route to booking a clash with Andy Hamilton.
The world No 1 was on course for the third nine-dart leg in two days when he opened the ninth leg with 180 and 174 only to miss the treble 20 with his seventh dart.
He atoned with a superb 170 checkout in the 13th leg before sealing an emphatic victory on double top.
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