Phil Taylor was keen to play down his on-stage confrontation with Raymond van Barneveld after beating the Dutchman 6-4 to set up a mouthwatering Ladbrokes World Championship final against Michael van Gerwen.

Taylor and Van Barneveld appeared to exchange angry words after shaking hands at the end of the match, but the 15-time world champion insisted soon after that the matter was forgotten.

"Nothing went on," he said on Sky Sports 1. "None of us wanted to lose that. He was brilliant there. He stuck in there.

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"I said to Raymond backstage, 'there's nobody in this room who's a bigger fan of you than I am'. We're not going to fall out about anything. It's forgotten. It's done."

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Van Gerwen earlier went agonisingly close to historic back-to-back nine-dart finishes in his 6-4 semi-final win over James Wade.

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The second last-four encounter looked to be turning into a damp squib as Taylor cruised to a 5-1 lead.

'The Power' missed two darts at double 20 to win the contest 6-1 and that gave Van Barneveld a route back into the match.

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The Dutchman responded by taking the next three sets to bring the scores back to 5-4 as Taylor's aim deserted him.

But, needing 68 to finish in the fourth leg and wrap up the victory, Taylor took advantage of a missed dart by Van Barneveld to wrap things up with a double 16.