Taylor powers into round two
Phil Taylor stormed into round two of the coral.co.uk Players Championship with a superb 6-3 win over Michael van Gerwen.
Last Updated: 31/01/09 9:35am
Phil Taylor stormed into round two of the coral.co.uk Players Championship with a superb 6-3 win over Michael van Gerwen on Friday night.
Taylor announced his return to Purfleet's Circus Tavern, where he won 11 of his 14 World Championship titles, with a powerhouse display to see off the teenage Dutchman.
He averaged 108.49 in taking the victory, which sets up a meeting with another Dutch ace, Vincent van der Voort, in Saturday afternoon's second round.
"I can play better but a win is a win and you want to come here to perform," said Taylor.
"I have so many memories of this place and now I want to create some more by winning this title."
Raymond van Barneveld, who was defeated by Taylor in the World Championship final four weeks ago, made his return to action with a strong 6-4 victory over Andy Jenkins, averaging just under 100 in the process.
Van Barneveld now takes on Andy Smith in the second round, with the Englishman having hit finishes of 161 and 155 in seeing off Colin Osborne 6-1 earlier on Friday.
World number two James Wade produced a solid start to his challenge with a 6-2 defeat of Steve Beaton, while Andy Hamilton saw off Peter Manley by the same scoreline.
Alan Tabern, the number three seed after claiming a hat-trick of Players Championship wins in 2008, powered past Adrian Lewis 6-3.
Kevin Painter and Robert Thornton prevailed in deciding leg shoot-outs in their respective clashes with Alex Roy and Mark Dudbridge.
Two former Purfleet World Champions collide on Saturday, when 1994 World Champion Dennis Priestley takes on the 2003 winner John Part, after they both picked up 6-3 wins against Steve Maish and Denis Ovens respectively.
Wayne Mardle saved the day's biggest comeback for the final game, fighting back from 4-1 down to win 6-4 against Mark Walsh and set up a last 16 date with Mervyn King.
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Chris Mason
Colin Lloyd 6-1 Jamie Caven
Ronnie Baxter 6-4 Tony Eccles
Wayne Jones 6-2 Terry Jenkins
Mervyn King 6-2 Felix McBrearty
Andy Smith 6-1 Colin Osborne
Dennis Priestley 6-3 Steve Maish
Kevin Painter 6-5 Alex Roy
Alan Tabern 6-3 Adrian Lewis
Andy Hamilton 6-2 Peter Manley
James Wade 6-2 Steve Beaton
Robert Thornton 6-5 Mark Dudbridge
Phil Taylor 6-3 Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Andy Jenkins
John Part 6-3 Denis Ovens
Wayne Mardle 6-4 Mark Walsh
Saturday January 30
12.45pm - Alan Tabern v Robert Thornton
1.35pm - Dennis Priestley v John Part
2.10pm - Andy Smith v Raymond van Barneveld
2.45pm - James Wade v Kevin Painter
3.20pm - Mervyn King v Wayne Mardle
3.55pm - Ronnie Baxter v Wayne Jones
4.30pm - Colin Lloyd v Andy Hamilton
5.05pm - Phil Taylor v Vincent van der Voort
6.15pm - Priestley/Part v Tabern/Thornton
7.25pm - Wade/Painter v Smith/van Barneveld
8.35pm - Baxter/Jones v King/Mardle
9.45pm - Taylor/van der Voort v Lloyd/Hamilton