Taylor survives Dobey fright

16 December 2017 21:57:28 GMTPlus11

The 16-time world champion Phil Taylor is through to the second round of the 2018 PDC World Darts Championship after overcoming Chris Dobey 3-1 at the Alexandra Palace.

The Power was made to work hard for the win as three of the sets went into a final leg decider. However, the number six seed held his nerve to survive and remain in the competition.

Taylor finished the match with an average of 96.33 and can now be backed at 3/1 to win the tournament. The man from Stoke will face Justin Pipe, Zong Xiaochrn or Bernie Smith in the next round. The latter two will meet in the preliminary round with the winner taking on Pipe in the main draw.

Elsewhere on the second night of the competition, youth world champion Dimitri Van der Bergh defeated Stephen Bunting 3-1 in arguably the performance of the evening. The Belgian produced an average of 104.17 to advance past the opening round for only the second time in his career.

Van der Bergh hit five 180s in his win in what was a high scoring game against the former BDO world champion. He will now take on either Jelle Klaasen or Jan Dekker just before the Christmas break for a place in the last 16.

In Saturday's schedule, Gary Anderson begins his bid for a third world title. The Flying Scotsman will be keeping a close eye on the preliminary round match-up between Jeff Smith and Luke Humphries as he will be facing the winner of that tie.

Anderson has reached the final of the PDC World Darts Championship in each of the last three years. He can be backed at 1212/1 to lift the trophy once again on 1st January and join a small club of players who have won the tournament three times.

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