Darts: Taylor top of world with lucky thirteen title

The darts world is running out of superlatives when it comes to assessing the prowess of Phil Taylor. "The Power" won his 13th world championship last night and the £100,000 first prize when he took the PDC crown at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet with a stunning display, beating Peter Manley 7-0 in the final.

Having started the final with a tournament three-dart average of 100.64, Taylor's figure for the match was an extraordinary 106.74. It was not that Manley threw poorly: the world No 5 had started with a tournament average of 89.63 and averaged 92.49 in the final. Manley even managed to hit 67 per cent of his doubles, but the blunt truth was that he won only six legs in the entire match.

The statistics, however, barely do justice to Taylor's performance. His form barely wavered as he scored heavily and finished ruthlessly at every stage. Taylor said afterwards that he had "not been 100 per cent sure" he would win the final, but his confidence appeared total from the very first dart.

It had been billed as the ultimate grudge match. Manley, who has long been the figure that darts crowds love to hate, refused to shake hands after Taylor whitewashed him in the final here four years ago. Although he subsequently apologised, the frosty relations between the two men froze over again after Manley's controversial quarter-final victory over Adrian Lewis, Taylor's protégé and practice partner.

Lewis walked off the oche at one stage, claiming that Manley had been talking while he was throwing in an attempt to put him off. Taylor waded into the controversy, saying that the match should be replayed if Lewis's allegations were proved correct. At the end of the final Taylor presented his winning darts to Lewis.

As it turned out, both finalists behaved impeccably, though the determination in Taylor's eyes from the start suggested that he would be going all out to put Manley in his place and repeat his whitewashing feat of four years ago. Indeed, this was the fourth time Taylor had not conceded a set in the final, Dennis Priestley (in 1998) and John Part (in 2001) having suffered the same fate as Manley.

Taylor's starting odds of 8-1 on did not deter one punter from Cheshire gambling £40,000 on the champion with Ladbrokes, the sponsors. By the end of the first set that was looking like a smart piece of business as Taylor's odds had halved to 16-1 on after the champion made a stunning start.

Having handed the throw to Manley, Taylor proceeded to win the first three legs with just 40 darts. He took the second leg with the highest possible check-out, hitting treble 20 twice and then the bull. By the end of the set Taylor's three-dart average stood at 115.

Manley's first winning leg came in the second set, which he levelled at 2-2 with a stunning 141 check-out (treble 17, double 20, bull), but there was no stopping Taylor, who took a 2-0 lead by checking out on 57. The third set was also close. After Taylor had gone into a 2-0 lead, taking his record on doubles to eight hits in 11 attempts, Manley drew level, only for Taylor to win the deciding leg to take a 3-0 lead.

Sets four and five were comfortably won 3-1 and set six went by in a flash, Taylor taking all three legs with finishes in 14, 11 and 14 darts and an average of 115.5. Finishes in 15 and 11 darts gave Taylor a 2-0 lead in the seventh set and he completed victory with a 98 check-out. It was a fitting finish for a player who bestrides his sport like no other.

PDC World Championship (Purfleet) Final: P Taylor (Eng) bt P Manley (Eng) 7-0.

election 2015The 10 best quotes of the campaign
A caravan being used as a polling station in Ford near Salisbury, during the 2010 election
election 2015The Independent's guide to get you through polling day
David Blunkett joins the Labour candidate for Redcar Anna Turley on a campaigning visit last month
voicesWhat I learnt from my years in government, by the former Home Secretary David Blunkett
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (B2B) - Romford - £40,000 + car

£35000 - £40000 per annum + car and benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager...

Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000

£18000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000 ...

Ashdown Group: Data Scientist - London - £50,000 + bonus

£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...

Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Development) - Kingston

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'