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Scotland's Robert Thornton defeats Phil Taylor to reach the quarter-final of PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix

Updated: Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 10:30 | Comments

Thornton held his nerve to reach the last eight
Thornton held his nerve to reach the last eight

Robert Thornton knocked reigning champion Phil Taylor out of the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix with a stunning deciding leg victory at the Citywest Hotel.

After seeing Taylor win the first set 3-1, Thornton took the next two to move ahead - winning one with a 101 finish before following a 104 checkout with a 13-darter in the third set's decider.

The defending champion replied strongly to win the fourth set without reply and also led 2-1 in the fifth, only to miss a dart at the bull for the match as Thornton levelled to force a deciding leg.

Taylor hit a 177 to be first to a finish, but uncharacteristically missed five darts for the match to allow Thornton in to take out double top to reach the quarter-finals on Friday night.

"It's an outstanding result for me," said Thornton, the reigning UK Open champion and a former World Masters winner.

"The win ranks up there with the best of my career because it's a harder format.

Thornton now meets Mervyn King in Friday's quarter-finals.

King defeated Dave Chisnall 3-1 with a fine performance to book his place in the last eight of a major for the first time in almost 12 months.

Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan, last year's runner-up, continued his love affair with the double-start tournament by knocking out Holland's Vincent van der Voort 3-1 to set up a quarter-final with Justin Pipe.

Pipe, meanwhile, defeated Kevin Painter 3-2 in a tight contest to book his place in only a second major quarter-final, with the win also set to move him into the world's top ten for the first time.

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