Second Perth Title For Dominant Taylor
PHIL Taylor secured a second successive TABtouch Perth Darts Masters title as he defeated James Wade to take the crown at the HBF Stadium on Sunday.
After surrendering his eight-year unbeaten run at the World Matchplay to Wade last month, Taylor made amends in Perth as he ran out an 11-7 victor in the final having also beaten World Champion Gary Anderson earlier in the evening.
The Power started strongly in the final as he swiftly moved into a 5-1 lead, before Wade hit back with the highest checkout of the match as he expertly finished 130.
After a mini-revival from Wade, Taylor responded with a ton-plus finish of his own as he checked out 123 for a 12-darter to move 8-4 ahead.
The Power would then extend his advantage to 10-7 before wrapping up the win in the following leg to add a fourth World Series title in Australia to his CV and maintain his brilliant unbeaten run Down Under ahead of next week's Coral Sydney Darts Masters.
"I'm over the moon to win here again, it's been a long day but I got there in the end" said Taylor.
"I love playing over here, it doesn't get any better and I'm going to enjoy it. It was a strange final but I managed to get the right 180 at the right time and that saw me through. I was disappointed to lose to James in Blackpool, I didn't play anywhere near my best, I gave him chances and he took them. It was good to put that right today. The guys will all be wary of me now heading into Sydney next week and I'm looking forward to it!"
Earlier in the evening, Taylor booked his place in the last two after a 10-5 win over Anderson in a spectacular semi-final which saw both players average over 104 with 12 maximums.
Anderson started well and landed a superb 12-dart leg, checking out 121, to head into the first break with a 4-3 lead. The Power would turn on the style after the break though as he took the final six legs of the match on the spin, including a 12-darter and two 13-dart legs, before finishing with an 80 checkout to book his place in the final
Wade booked his place in a first World Series final after a dramatic 10-9 win over the world number one Michael van Gerwen in Perth.
After a scrappy start to the match, which saw the first five legs all go against the throw, Wade kicked on to take three straight legs and open up a 5-2 lead.
Wade's form would continue after the break as he landed an 11-darter, as well as a nerve-busting 122 checkout on the bullseye to move 9-7 ahead. Van Gerwen hit back again though with an excellent checkout of his own as he finished 124 to force a decider, where Wade would hold his nerve to break the throw with a 13-dart leg.