Power keeps farewell title bid alive

24 December 2017 21:06:54 GMTPlus10

The 16-time world champion Phil Taylor booked a spot in the third round of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship after he defeated Justin Pipe 4-0 at the Alexandra Palace.

Taylor, who is competing in his final World Championship, edged the opening set 3-2 on Saturday night.

He then stepped up his game to win nine consecutive legs to knock out the man from Taunton. In the second set, the 57 year old hit a 10 darter and was averaging as high as 115.

The Power is 3/1 to cap off what has been a remarkable career with a 17th world title. He will now meet Keegan Brown on 28th December where he is 1/1 to win that tie against the former youth world champion.

There was also a victory on Saturday for 2007 winner Raymond van Barneveld who has made a solid start to his campaign.

The number nine seed beat Kyle Anderson 4-1 and averaged 102.78, with seven 180s coming in the win which sees him safely into the last 16 once again.

Barney won six of the opening eight legs against the Australian and was at one stage averaging as high as 121.

The Dutchman is 1/1 to lift his sixth world crown on 1st January. He will now face his fellow Dutch compatriot Vincent van der Voort next week for a place in the quarter-final.

Rob Cross has been one of the breakthrough players with the PDC this season and the Englishman edged a thrilling contest 4-3 against Michael Smith.

The European Championship runner-up is making his debut at the world championship this year but did not look out of place on the oche as he averaged 102.65. Voltage will take on John Henderson when the competition resumes once again.

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