World No 1 Phil Taylor goes through in PDC's Championship League Darts

Last Updated: 17/10/12 4:43pm

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Phil Taylor booked his place in the Championship League Darts Winners' Group with a flawless display to claim Group Four glory.

Taylor, the reigning champion in the event, had failed to win through in the first three groups for the first time since the introduction of Championship League Darts in 2008 - narrowly avoiding elimination in Group Three recently.

However, after the disappointment of that result and his narrow second round exit to Robert Thornton in last week's World Grand Prix, when he missed five match darts, the 'Power' was back to his best at Crondon Park GC in Essex.

Taylor won all seven of his league games in a superb day of darts, holding off Simon Whitlock's fightback from 5-0 down to win his opening game 6-4 before dropping only five more legs in the group stage.

He whitewashed both Andy Smith and Paul Nicholson, dropped only one leg against Terry Jenkins, Dave Chisnall and Mervyn King and won 6-2 against Mark Walsh in what would prove a dress rehearsal of the day's final.

Taylor enjoyed another great performance in a high-quality semi-final win over Paul Nicholson, who averaged 107.95 in reply to a 110.32 average from the world number one as he swept into the final with a 6-3 triumph.

Taylor then saw off Walsh with a fine display in the final, with the Hertfordshire ace taking out 116 to win the game's opening leg only to see Taylor take the next six for victory.

"It's been a tough event this year but my form's picking up at the right time," said Taylor. "I'm glad I'm through but I've actually enjoyed playing in this in the four groups.

"I was disappointed to go out in the World Grand Prix. I didn't play too badly but I missed five darts at double 16, which is ridiculous really, but my form's getting there."

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