31 Dec 2017

Phil Taylor in line for one last title

2:16 pm on 31 December 2017

Sixteen-time world darts champion Phil Taylor remains on course to finish his career with another PDC World Championship title after beating Jamie Lewis 6-1 to reach the final in London.

Darts player Phil Taylor.

Darts player Phil Taylor. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

57 year old Taylor is competing at his final event before he retires.

He will next face fellow Englishman Rob Cross, who beat defending champion Michael van Gerwen 6-5 in the other semi-final.

The 27-year-old from Kent only turned professional at the start of the year.

"Words can't explain it," said Cross. "I played well but the crowd helped me, they got on Michael's back and that is why I won."

Cross now faces the daunting task of trying to beat Taylor, who is into his 21st and last World Championship final.

An iconic figure, Taylor has played a key role in making darts the phenomenon it is today, and at the peak of his powers won eight successive world titles between 1995 and 2002.

The most recent of his 16 titles came in 2013.

"It was a struggle," added Taylor. "Jamie is very steady and very accurate, he doesn't show any emotion or any fear.

"Jamie is a great player. Now I am retiring, he is one to watch."

Taylor, won the first of his world titles in 1990 when part of the British Darts Organisation, then the only major darts circuit.

He was one of 16 players that formed the breakaway World Darts Council in 1992, the company which became the PDC and held its own version of the world championship in 1994.