Phil Taylor edged out Fallon Sherrock and Martin Adams in last-leg deciders in his second special guest appearance in Modus’ online live league ‘A Night At The Darts’, registering three wins from his five matches on Friday evening.
The 16-time world champion made his debut in the competition last Thursday and claimed four wins from a possible five, although he was unable to topple that tally as he returned for another cameo appearance.
Taylor’s results did not count towards the league table and his matches were contested over a best of seven legs format as opposed to the usual best of nine format adopted in the regular league phase, although the 59-year-old provided no shortage of entertainment.
His fifth and final clash against Sherrock was the most anticipated of the evening, dubbed ‘The King of the Oche’ against ‘The Queen of the Palace’ and it lived up to the billing, with Taylor running out a 4-3 winner – defying two ton-plus finishes from Sherrock in the process.
The 25-year-old drew first blood with a delightful 104 checkout, before capitalising on a host of missed opportunities from Taylor to double her lead. ‘The Power’ posted back-to-back maximums to inexplicably leave 7 after just nine darts, before missing EIGHT at double to level proceedings.
Nevertheless, Sherrock was punished for profligacy of her own in the next leg as she squandered four darts for a 3-0 cushion and Taylor opened his account before restoring parity at two apiece with a sublime 11-darter.
The 16-time world champion then defied a 177 from Sherrock to move 3-2 ahead via double eight, only for the Milton Keynes ace to rattle in her first maximum and convert a nerveless 122 checkout on double seven to force a decider, after Taylor had wired one match dart at tops.
Sherrock had the advantage of throw in the finale and although she was sat poised on 52 to close out victory, Taylor mopped up a two-dart 60 combination to prevail with a 91.86 average and three maximums.
However, in the evening’s opener, Taylor was rendered helpless as he suffered a 4-1 drubbing against an irrepressible Wessel Nijman. ‘The Power’ averaged 105.76 and posted two maximums, but the young Dutchman ran out a comprehensive winner with a blistering 112.38 average.
The 16-time world champion secured his first win in his second clash of the evening, whitewashing Mike Warburton 4-0. The Welshman struggled throughout and was unable to register a dart at double, with Taylor averaging 97 and boasting an impressive 80% checkout success rate.
Despite this, Taylor was left to rue errant finishing in his clash against league leader David Evans. The opening three legs were shared before the Stoke veteran spurned TEN darts at double and Evans – aided by a 127 kill on the bull in leg four – won the last three legs to wrap up a 4-2 success.
Taylor locked horns with his old foe Martin Adams in his fourth match of the evening and ‘Wolfie’ made a sensational start, taking out 153 and 121 checkouts for successive 12-dart legs, only to lose his way and allow Taylor to triumph 4-3 with a 97.86 average and four maximums.
It was another excellent night for Sherrock however, as the history-maker secured three wins from her four league matches for the second straight evening, defeating Warburton, Nijman and Adams and crashing in five ton-plus finishes.
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Phil Taylor (105.76) 1-4 (112.38) Wessel Nijman
Phil Taylor (96.97) 4-0 (74.10) Mike Warburton
Phil Taylor (91.66) 2-4 (90.13) David Evans
Phil Taylor (97.86) 4-3 (91.64) Martin Adams
Phil Taylor (91.86) 4-3 (86.92) Fallon Sherrock