Grand Slam Darts: Phil Taylor beats Paul Nicholson to make last 16
Phil Taylor booked his place in the last 16 of the Grand Slam Darts with a commanding 5-1 victory over Paul Nicholson.
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH
Last Updated: 12/11/13 7:12am
'The Power' always raises his game when he faces Nicholson, who has got under his skin in the past and with the 16-time world champion never one to forget something like that.
After a whitewash in his first match, Taylor dropped just the one leg against Nicholson to storm into the last 16 with still one group game to play - topping out his tournament average at 107.86.
"Paul was on the wire a lot there, I thought he played better than what the score was really," Taylor told Sky Sports.
"I do try harder I must be honest, I never play my normal game against Paul I don't think I ever will - he's one of those players, he's like a Peter Manley, you want to get stuck in against Paul.
"His game plan is he wants to wind you up, he hasn't done it just lately to me but he does get under your skin a bit.
"I like him as a person, don't get me wrong, he's one of the nicest people you'll meet but on the dart board he's one of the most horrible because he's a winner and that's what he does."
Stuart Kellett won an entertaining match 5-4 against Kevin Painter in the same group to keep his hopes of qualification alive as he faces Nicholson in his last match.
James Wade also secured his last 16 place as the world No 6 took out finishes of 110 and 120 as he beat Gary Anderson 5-3 in Group B - where Peter Wright also won as he beat Wesley Harms 5-2.
Michael van Gerwen looked in great form as he defeated Dean Winstanley 5-1 in a comfortable outing for the Dutchman - although he was not as clinical as Kim Huybrechts who whitewashed Vincent van der Voort 5-0 in the other group encounter.
The Belgian Huybrechts family had a good day all round as Kim's brother Ronny also bagged a win in Wolverhampton, and it was a big win as well against two-time world champion Adrian Lewis.
Christian Kist was also a winner in that same Group C as he beat Richie George, the son of darting great Bobby, 5-2.
Watch day three of the Grand Slam darts live on Sky Sports 1 at 7pm on Monday