Taylor not at his best but coasts past Part in whitewash win to reach Quarter-Finals at World Seniors Darts Masters
A great rivalry along the years was revived on Friday night at the World Seniors Darts Masters between Phil Taylor and John Part but it was 'The Power' who switched off the charge of 'Darth Maple' in a whitewash win.
Taylor vowed pre-tournament to put the work in and good displays in exhibitions had been mooted but he wasn't at his best on his return to Lakeside despite easing through 4-0 with Part only getting a solitary leg in a doubling disaster at times.
Next up now will be a game though that the 16-time World Champion will fancy to get himself into the tournament as he faces either John Lowe or Les Wallace in the Quarter-Finals.
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Taylor was averaging 81 in the early stages of a repeat of two World Finals but swept the opening set to nil against Part.
Part looked to threaten the Taylor throw but a 137 and 140 saw ‘The Power’ get a look at 94 which he missed. But ‘Darth Maple’ couldn’t pin 114 and Taylor continued to be clinical pinning double 10 for a hold.
Part missed multiple chances to get a first leg finally on the board and Taylor hit double 20 as he eased into a 2-0 lead. His woes on the doubles continued as Taylor stole a break to begin the third set.
Finally Part was on the board with a break back with a 98 checkout to make it 1-1 and he was throwing for a set back. Taylor began Part’s throw with a 180 after a poor opener from the Canadian.
Taylor missed double eight for a 127 for the set but returned for the same target for 3-0. Part wasn’t allowed any errors but missed 80 for a break and Taylor hit double two for a 1-0 lead. He missed 126 on the bull for the match but Taylor hit double eight for the win.