Pipe downs Taylor for first title
Justin Pipe beat Phil Taylor in Sunday’s Dublin Players Championship to win his first professional title and deny The Power a fourth consecutive ranking title.
It was a remarkable day of darts in Dublin that began with Taylor hitting a nine-darter on his way to beating Kevin McDine in the second round. Yet that wasn’t to be the last nine-dart finish that The Power would see on Sunday as Raymond van Barneveld produced a perfect leg of darts against Taylor in their fourth round match. Taylor eventually went on to win the match 6-5.
But the day belonged to Justin Pipe, claiming his first professional title at the ripe old age of 39. And he did so in remarkable fashion, beating the in-form Gary Anderson in the semis before sealing a 6-5 win over Taylor with a 13-darter against the throw in the final leg of the match.
Pipe will now go into Monday’s World Grand Prix first round match against John Henderson full of confidence, and can be backed at Evens to go through to the second round.
Elsewhere it was a disappointing day for Adrian Lewis, who suffered his second consecutive first round exit with defeat to Nigel Heydon, and James Wade, who could only go one stage better than Saturday after losing to Simon Whitlock in round two.