Taylor doubles up

World's best wins both Players Championship events in Wigan

Last Updated: 29/11/11 1:50pm

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Phil Taylor: Wins both Players Championship events in Wigan

Phil Taylor: Wins both Players Championship events in Wigan

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Recent Grand Slam of Darts winner Phil Taylor continued his dominant form by completing a weekend double of Players Championship events in Wigan.

The Power overcame Justin Pipe 6-4 in the final of Sunday's event to add to Saturday's victory at the Robin Park Tennis Centre to take the £6,000 first prize for the second day running.

Taylor has to come from 4-2 down against the in-form Pipe to claim the prize, after previously beating Brendan Dolan, Wayne Jones Steve Beaton and Wes Newton en route.

Taylor began the final in confident mood by winning the first leg in 13-darts. But Pipe stormed back to level with an 11-darter and a fabulous 164 checkout gave him a 2-1 lead as he showed he would be a tough nut to crack.


The fifteen-time World Champion came storming back though with four legs on the spin, finished off with a superb 128 checkout in the penultimate leg.

Justin Pipe's run to his sixth final in the last two months, included victories over Chris Aubrey, Chris Thompson in a deciding-leg, and a 6-4 triumph against Denis Ovens in the last 16.

The Taunton ace then defeated Dave Chisnall by a 6-3 margin in the last eight, before firing in seven 180s and two 11-dart-finishes in a sensational 6-1 victory over Adrian Lewis in the semi-finals.

Former World Champion, Jelle Klaasen, agonisingly missed a dart at double 12 for a nine-dart-finish during his 6-5 second round victory over Michael Smith. The Dutch star was knocked out by Wes Newton in the following round.

There was further drama during the final Players Championship event of the year, with players battling for qualification for the Cash Converters Players Championship Finals and the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.

Adrian Lewis' run to the semi-finals - his best performance in a Pro Tour event for six months, was not enough to see him claim a place in the Players Championship Finals at the Doncaster Dome.

Ian White's run to the last 16, which included victories over Andy Jenkins, Vincent van der Voort and Nigel Heydon, secured his place in next month's World Darts Championship via the Players Championship Order of Merit.

Monday see's the PDPA Qualifier where players such as Dennis Priestley, Wayne Mardle and Peter Manley will fight it out for the remaining final two spots in the World Championships in a knockout event in Wigan.

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