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Phil Taylor tells Michael van Gerwen to “grow up” as text-gate row erupts following their World Matchplay quarter-final clash

Phil Taylor has told Michael van Gerwen to “grow up” after beating him 16-6 in the World Matchplay quarter-finals last night.

The 16-time world champion ended the world number one’s reign as World Matchplay last night with a surprise win by 10 legs, and after in his post-match interview with Sky Sports said he would tell van Gerwen to be more professional.

“Well, he didn’t text Vincent van der Voort tonight did he?” Taylor told Sky Sports. “It’s ridiculous, during Simon Whitlock’s match (against van Gerwen in the second round on Wednesday) he’s 8-2 up and texting Vincent van der Voort ‘Simon Whitlock’s out’.

“What’s he doing? He’s a professional, he’s world number one, he’s a world champion, grow up. That’s what I’m saying.

“I’m not angry at him, I think he’s just stupid for doing that. I’m going to tell him anyway.”

Taylor’s defeat of van Gerwen, who was the odds-on favourite to win a third successive World Matchplay title in Blackpool this weekend, has set up a fascinating conclusion for the final two days.

Taylor is bidding to win a 16th World Matchplay title, to match his 16 world titles, and will face world number four Adrian Lewis in the second semi-final tonight.

In the other semi-final, world number three Peter Wright and rising star Daryl Gurney face off, with both players aiming to reach the final in Blackpool for the first time.

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