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Power strikes in Wigan


 Taylor-made win for world champion at Robin Park Tennis Centre

Phil Taylor eased to a second successive Players Championship victory with a 6-0 whitewash of Mark Dudbridge in Wigan.

Having won in Derby two weeks ago, the Power cruised to glory - and a cheque for 6,000 - as he averaged 114 in a one-sided final at the Robin Park Tennis Centre.

Dudbridge simply never recovered from missing three darts at double eight in the second leg, allowing Taylor to take out double 16 to go 2-0 up.

The third leg saw the 15-time world champion manage a 14-darter, as his opponent failed to even get a look at a double.

Missed darts

The 49-year-old needed just 11 darts to go 4-0 up and, after a 164 checkout saw him move to the brink of victory, he wrapped up proceedings when Dudbridge missed four darts at doubles.

Taylor had won his opening three games, against Darren Latham, Gary Mawson and Peter Manley, all by a 6-2 scoreline before defeating Holland's Michael van Gerwen 6-4 in the last 16.

A 6-1 success over Wes Newton followed before he booked his place in the final with a 6-3 win over Colin Lloyd that saw him win the final five legs.

Dudbridge had seen off Andy Hamilton 6-2 in the last four having earlier knocked out Chris Thompson, who had caused a major upset in the opening round by stunning James Wade.

Premier League trio Adrian Lewis, Ronnie Baxter and Simon Whitlock were also early casualties, along with Gary Anderson, Steve Beaton, Alan Tabern, Jamie Caven, Co Stompe and John Part.

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14th March 2010, 18:58
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