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Taylor shows he still has power

By Robert Jones

Published 29/12/2015

Big hit: Phil Taylor fought back to see off Kevin Painter
Big hit: Phil Taylor fought back to see off Kevin Painter

It was billed as a sumptuous darting feast when Phil Taylor met Kevin Painter in the World Darts Championship and it was Taylor who tasted that winning feeling to move into the last 16.

The 2004 final between these rivals was one of the great matches of all time, with Taylor eventually winning in a sudden-death leg, and while this one wasn't a classic the result was the same.

Sixteen-time World Champion Taylor has now beaten Painter on 30 consecutive occasions.

Taylor, who had cruised to a 3-0 round one victory over Keita Ono, was on the ropes when he lost the first set but despite being unhappy with his form, The Power fought back to celebrate a 4-1 win.

'The Artist' didn't look a pretty picture as the man from Stoke-on-Trent proved there's life in the old dog yet.

Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis had too much class for Andrew Gilding, battering him 4-0.

Gilding romped to a 3-0 first round win against Gerwyn Price but this was one-way traffic, underlining Lewis' title winning credentials.

Number four seed Peter 'Snakebite' Wright sunk his teeth into World number 39 Ronny Huybrechts, cruising to a 4-0 triumph over the Belgian.

The 2014 finalist enjoyed an easy day at the office, booking a last 16 battle with Dave Chisnall.

Wright, however, was keeping his feet firmly on the ground, stating: "I thought I'd lost my mojo over Christmas, my consistency wasn't there."

In yesterday's early action Mark Webster progressed to the last 16 after a comprehensive 4-0 thrashing of Terry Jenkins.

The 2008 Lakeside champion continued his impressive start to the tournament, snatching legs at crucial stages to punish the jaded Jenkins at Alexandra Palace.

"I played steady darts and I'm pleased to be through," said Webster. "It didn't look brilliant but I got the job done. I've been working hard on getting my game right for a while now. I had issues with my technique which I'm still in the process of correcting but I'm making it work for me at the moment."

Webster was joined in the next round by Alan 'Chuck' Norris, who claimed a 4-1 win over fellow debutant Joe Murnan.

"A win is a win and I'm through to the last 16 so it's happy days," said Norris, who hit two nine-darters as he came through qualifying school back in January.

Mensur Suljovic and David Pallett were both a dart away from completing a nine-darter, but it was the Serbian-born Austrian who advanced after a tense 4-3 win.

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