Phil Taylor is through to Round 2 of the World Championship after defeating Chris Dobey and will play the winner of Justin Pipe vs Xiao Chen Zong or Bernie Smith.

Taylor though was pushed by the Bedlington ace who came from 2 sets down and missed two set darts in order to force a decider which proved fatal as ‘The Power’ turned it on to win though and survive a scare against the Gary Anderson mentored player who despite losing 3-1 in sets was in every set and really made a good account of himself against the 16 times World Champion.

Taylor himself averaged 96 compared to Dobey’s 91 as ‘The Power’ unlike Van Gerwen has not stunned anyone with his averages as of yet and will be understandably saving his best depending on how far he goes.

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Author: Samuel Gill