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Taylor dethrones the King

 Phil Taylor MEN

Phil Taylor took little time to demolish Mervyn King on night 12 of Premier League Darts in Aberdeen.

With Taylor and King sitting top and second in the standings respectively and with the semi-finals in sight, the clash was expected to be a gruelling dogfight.

But undefeated Taylor, averaging 100, produced four maximums to dispose of his opponent 8-1, with King never really looking likely to stage a comeback.

Taylor set his standard for the night when he notched up 180 on his second visit to the board, then wrapped up the first leg before storming on to secure the second.

King rallied when he hit the outer ring and a double 18 in an impressive finish to take the third leg, but that was his only taste of success all evening as 'The Power' quickly regained control.

Taylor stormed through the next six legs, hitting three more maximums to cruise to an emphatic win.

"Merv has been playing superb this season, I think he's been the player to beat," Taylor told Sky Sports after the match.

"He's been so consistent and dedicated and under so much pressure week in, week out.

"So you've got to play like that against him. He was unlucky there, he was very, very close but it didn't quite work for him."

Taylor added: "I'm loving what I'm doing. I've got a new lease of life, it's been the most exciting month of my life. I get up every morning and think, 'thank you!'"


The biggest surprise of the night came from Raymond Van Barneveld, who landed an astounding nine-dart finish on his way to an 8-6 win over Terry Jenkins.

Van Barneveld, who sits bottom of the table after eight defeats, pulled off the remarkable nine-darter in the second leg, as well as landing five maximums en-route to his victory.

Jenkins staged a determined comeback, returning from 7-1 down and notching up three 180s of his own, but it was not enough to edge past the resplendent Dutchman, who celebrated just his third win of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the first match of the evening saw James Wade and Ronnie Baxter finish on a draw after the latter had looked destined for defeat.

Wade had taken a 7-4 lead, but Baxter produced a late fight-back to level the scores at 7-7 and take home a valuable point.

The final match of the night saw another draw as Adrian Lewis left it to late to level with Australian Simon Whitlock.

Scoring four maximums against Whitlock's two, Lewis came back from 7-4 down to equalise and land a crucial point.

30th April 2010, 15:00
Page updated 30th Apr 2010, 15:00
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