After yesterday’s quarter-finals, I look at the semi-finals below:
Jamie Lewis V Phil Taylor
If Taylor was writing his own farewell script, surely this would be it; a preliminary round qualifier in the semi-final. However, Lewis has been in excellent form in beating Peter Wright in Round 2 and demolishing the Demolition Man 5-0 in the quarter-final. Lewis played the first quarter-final in a relatively short match, whilst Taylor’s was the last and relatively lengthy; Taylor also admitted that he felt his energy levels drop towards the end of his match with Anderson. Taylor’s game is unlikely to crack under a barrage of high scoring, so it will be interesting to see how Lewis responds to Taylor keeping pressure on him. A long match might be Lewis’ best bet of beating Taylor. I think Taylor will win 6-4.
Michael van Gerwen V Rob Cross
Both men went the distance in their quarter-final matches against Raymond van Barneveld and Dimitri van den Burgh respectively. Cross had the better of the first half of his quarter-final before eventually crossing the finishing line, whilst van Gerwen’s match varied wildly in quality throughout. If Cross’ finishing is good and van Gerwen is not on top form, Cross can win the game. However, van Gerwen is looking for back-to-back titles and I expect him to beat Cross; I think he will win 6-3.
Leave a comment and let me know how you think the semi-finals will go.