Taylor rolls back the years with four wins in live-streamed league

Phil Taylor rolled back the years to register four wins from five matches as he made a special guest appearance in Modus’ live-streamed league on Thursday evening.

Modus launched ‘A Night At The Darts’ last week following the success of ‘The Icons of Darts’ and it was confirmed on Wednesday that the 16-time world champion would feature in Thursday night’s action, although his results did not count towards the regular league table.

Taylor retired from competitive darts following the 2018 World Championship but he still features prominently on the exhibition circuit and he recently locked horns with his old foe Raymond van Barneveld in a soft-tip charity showdown which raised £15,000 for the NHS.

Taylor was up against former world champions Martin Adams and Scott Mitchell, Challenge Tour star Jason Askew, emerging Development Tour ace Wessel Nijman and Russian World Cup captain Boris Koltsov on Thursday – all of whom have been competing in the round-robin event since Monday.

Nevertheless, the sports’ most successful player produced a series of impressive displays to register four wins on the night, only to be denied a 100% record by Koltsov in his fifth and final tussle.

Taylor began Thursday’s action with a 4-2 win over 2015 BDO world champion Mitchell. Taylor established an early buffer before Mitchell capitalised on missed doubles from ‘The Power’ to level, only for the Stoke star to prevail with a 94 average and two maximums.

The 59-year-old then edged out Askew in a high-quality affair which saw both men average over 100. Askew won all his three legs in 12 darts with checkouts of 87, 100 and 81 yet it still wasn’t enough to dethrone Taylor, who averaged 102.67 and fired in a nerveless 15-darter in the decider.

‘The Power’ made it three wins from three with a comprehensive 4-0 whitewash victory over three-time world champion Adams in a battle of the veterans. ‘Wolfie’ had his nine-game winning run curtailed earlier in the evening and produced an under-par display against his old adversary.

The 16-time world champion kicked off proceedings with legs of 13 and 14 darts, before exploiting inconsistency from the BDO stalwart to triumph with an 89.73 average, with Adams averaging a paltry 77 and registering just seven ton-plus scores.

The Stoke-on-Trent star maintained his 100% record with a 4-2 victory over Development Tour prospect Nijman. The opening four legs all went with throw with Nijman dominating the averages, but Taylor followed up a 14-dart hold in leg five with a clinical 105 kill to triumph with a 95 average.

However, with Taylor bidding to secure a fifth successive scalp, he was edged out by Koltsov in an entertaining affair. ‘The Power’ appeared poised to prevail as he moved 3-2 ahead, but the Russian fired in an 11-dart hold to level, before taking out 68 in a scrappy deciding-leg to close out victory.

Despite his thrashing at the hands of Taylor earlier in the evening, Adams tops the regular league phase having won ten of his last 11 showdowns in the round-robin competition, therefore the 63-year-old remains in pole position with two days of the tournament remaining.

Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Taylor’s results

Phil Taylor (94.00) 4-2 (80.52) Scott Mitchell
Phil Taylor (102.67) 4-3 (101.67) Jason Askew
Phil Taylor (89.73) 4-0 (77.05) Martin Adams
Phil Taylor (95.66) 4-2 (92.64) Wessel Nijman
Phil Taylor (87.98) 3-4 (95.94) Boris Koltsov

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