Taylor powers to 14th Matchplay title
Phil Taylor sensationally proved once again that he is still the best darts player on the planet with a spectacular 18-13 win over Adrian Lewis in the final of the World Matchplay in Blackpool on Sunday evening.
The Power went into the match as the strong favourite having won 13 Matchplay titles prior to Sunday night and the last five editions of the event but recently crowned European champion Adrian Lewis was playing superbly and the two men promised to produce a memorable final; they did not disappoint.
The contest remained tight throughout with both men conjuring up some of their best form which left Taylor with an average of over 111 and Lewis on just under 106 come the end of the match. Taylor’s average beat his own record of the highest in a Matchplay final and it is difficult to imagine it being beaten in the future.
The Power takes home £100,000 for his victory and remains firmly in control of the world number one spot having won the World Championship and UK Open already this year. There is little change at the top of the world rankings following the Matchplay with most big names performing well. The only notable move in the top 10 is Justin Pipe edging ahead of Raymond van Barneveld into eighth place after the Force beat the Dutchman in the second round.
There is now a break for the PDC boys with no tournament scheduled until the inaugural Sydney Darts Masters which sees the world’s top 16 compete from August 29-31.
Taylor may have dominated at the Winter Gardens but it has not been enough to convince the bookmakers that he will claim another title in Australia. He is joint favourite with Michael van Gerwen at 9/4 with Bwin to win the first ever Sydney Masters title, whilst defeated Matchplay finalist Adrian Lewis is next in line at 9/1 with Paddy Power.
Whatever happens Down Under, there will be nobody writing off the Power’s chances as we head into the remaining majors of the year including the World Grand Prix and Grand Slam of Darts.
• Taylor v Lewis: Power unbeatable in Matchplay finals
• Van Gerwen v Lewis: Classic semi-final in prospect
• Taylor v Wade: Machine can out-180 the Power
• Van Gerwen v Chisnall: Mighty Mike makes maximums
• Lewis v Hamilton: Jackpot building up nicely
• Taylor v Pipe: Force to push the Power
• Wade v Whitlock: Wizard can Wade into semis
• Chisnall v Caven: On song Jabba to chop down Chizzy
• Wade v Anderson: In form duo could produce epic
• Lewis v Huybrechts: Rebel no walkover for Jackpot
• Van Gerwen v Lloyd: MVG a maximum machine
• Huybrechts v Wright: Expect maximums aplenty
• Whitlock v Klaasen: Matador can oust the Aussie
• Taylor hopes to prove he is still king of Blackpool
• Averages and nine-darter markets look profitable
• World Matchplay: Round One Betting