Phil Taylor takes aim at the World Darts Championship in London.
Phil Taylor takes aim at the World Darts Championship in London. SEAN DEMPSEY

Darts legend on target for fairytale world title

DARTS: Phil Taylor is still on target for a fairytale finish to his outstanding career after defeating Wales' Jamie Lewis in the semi-final of the World Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

Taylor, 57, who announced earlier this year that the tournament would be his last as a professional, will have a chance to add to his record 16 world titles when he takes on Rob Cross in Tuesday morning's (AEST) final.

Lewis, who had created his own history by becoming the first player to make the semi-finals after coming through the preliminary round, held his own in the early stages but missed doubles at crucial times as Taylor used all his experience.

"I took advantage of Jamie's inexperience,” Taylor told Sky Sports Darts after the 6-1 win.

"I just kept picking him off at the right times.”

Lewis was not even born when Taylor won the first of his 16 world titles in 1990.

Cross, from Hastings, who is making his debut at the PDC finals, defeated reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in a last-leg thriller 6-5 to set up an all-English clash with Taylor.


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