Darts legends prepare for O2 spectacular

By Rob Virtue on May 16, 2012 10:38 AM |

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Stars of darts do battle for a £150,000 prize at The O2 on Thursday night as the North Greenwich venue hosts the final stages of a prestigious tournament.

Phil Taylor, Simon Whitlock, Andy Hamilton and James Wade are the men in the McCoy's Premier League Play-Offs.

Whitlock takes on Hamilton in the first semi of the night while Taylor faces Wade before the winners do battle to round off the evening of darts.

"I can't wait," said Taylor. "It's going to be a massive night and I'm really up for it because this is the culmination of four months of work.

"The Premier League's up there now for me in being as big as the World Championship and I really am going to try my best on Thursday.

"It's going to be tough against James in the semi-finals but I really want to get that trophy back. It means everything to me - I want to get Gary Anderson's name off the trophy and get mine back on it."

Wade presents tough opposition for the world number one, however. Taylor needed two nine-dart finishes to edge the former out at the same stage in 2010.

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Wade, the most successful player behind Taylor in PDC history, said: "I think it's quite clear that Phil does something special against me and prepares perhaps even a little bit differently. I take that as a sign that he wants to kick my backside every time.

"If I can beat him in the semi-finals then hopefully I'll have a good game in the final - but I've got to try and beat Phil first. I'm being positive about it and not frightened by playing him."

In the other semi-final Australian Whitlock, who came second in the three-month league to get to The O2 finals and made it to the play-off stage last year before losing to Wade, takes on World Championship finalist Hamilton.

The semi-final will be decided over the best of 15 legs and the final will be the best of 19.

Some tickets remain. Go to theo2.co.uk for more information