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Taylor powers through to last 16

December 29, 2014 10:58:04 UK

Phil Taylor is on course for his 17th world title after overcoming Mark Webster 4-0 to reach the last 16 of the competition on Sunday.

‘The Power’ made up for his defeat to the Welshman in the competition in 2011 when Webster knocked him out in the quarter-finals.

Taylor finished with an average above 100 once again and never really look threatened apart from the second set where Webster had darts to win it. ‘Spider’ never took his chance though which gave the 16-time world champion a 2-0 lead.

The number two seed dropped just one leg in the final two sets to book his spot in the third round where he will now face Kim Huybrechts. Taylor is currently priced 2.87 in the competition outright winner betting.

“I felt nice and steady and although he Won just four legs it got him close to winning a set and if he had done that it can change a match, it would have boosted his confidence levels,” Taylor said.

“I am enjoying it. I am wide awake I have done everything right. Preparation is everything, you don’t prepare you don’t win.”

It wasn’t quite as easy for Taylor’s former practise partner, Adrian Lewis, who had to come from 2-1 down against Keegan Brown to remain in the 2015 tournament.

‘Jackpot’ held his nerve to win the final three sets of the match in the decisive legs. His scoring throughout the night was very high as he hit eight 180s and a high finish of 134.

Brown is a former world youth champion who had knocked out John Part in the opening round before the Christmas break. He showed no nerves on stage as he took on the two-time winner of this competition.

“He never gave in,” Lewis told Sky Sports Darts. “That’s the key to a great champion. he’s got a lot of bottle and he was fantastic.

“I had to dig in deep and keep going at him.”

James Wade takes on Stephen Bunting in the pick of the action on Monday at Alexandra Palace. Both players came through their first round encounters with 3-1 victories.

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen is also back on the oche. ‘Mighty Mike’ is 3.60 in the outright market and must overcome Terry Jenkins who has reached nine PDC premier event finals without winning a trophy.

In the final game on the oche, Benito Van De Pas will be aiming for a hat-trick of upsets in the competition when he takes on Scotland’s Robert Thornton.

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