Wizard crushed by The Power

Simon Whitlock, left, lost to Phil Taylor
Simon Whitlock, left, lost to Phil Taylor
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Simon Whitlock suffered semi-final heartbreak at the hands of Phil Taylor in the Players Championship Finals last night.

The Aussie, who now lives in Waterlooville, went down 11-2 to the reigning champion at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

Taylor took a commanding 8-1 lead in the contest and never looked back as he eased into the final.

On Saturday night, Whitlock had turned on the style to defeat Ronnie Baxter and move into the quarter-finals. The Wizard ran out a 10-1 winner over Baxter as he produced the most eye-catching performance of the tournament.

Whitlock boasted a 109.54 average and hit a 170 checkout as he swept into the last eight of the £250,000 event.

It was the Sydney star’s best-ever show in a televised event and set up a quarter-final clash with Gary Anderson yesterday.

‘I was really pleased,’ said Whitlock.

‘I’ve lost a couple of times to Ronnie on TV before but I was focused on what I wanted to do.’

After landing his first major title in the European Championship, Whitlock had his sights set on more glory when he edged past Anderson 10-8 to set up a clash with Taylor.

However, The Power stopped him in his tracks – rattling up a 106.02 dart average in his dominant display.