Below-par Taylor gets opening round win at European Championship
Phil Taylor was cruising at one point against Magnus Caris, but in the end, he just about secured his passage into the next round of the European Championship.
The Power, who has won all four editions of this event, was 4-0 up and had a high three-dart average, but, Sweden’s No.1 Caris fought back, coming from losing the first four legs and from 5-1 down to make it 5-3, before eventually losing 6-3, with Taylor sealing victory with an 84 checkout on the bullseye.
Taylor, who has won the Premier League and the World Matchplay in terms of majors in 2012, is eyeing up a fifth consecutive title here in Germany, and will certainly be looking to put in a better display in his next match after he took his foot off the gas to allow Caris a way back into the game.
World finalist and Premier League semi-finalist Andy Hamilton wasn’t quite at his finest, but the Hammer nailed Paul Nicholson 6-0 in what on paper was supposed to be a tough game.
“It wasn't my best performance but all that matters is being through. Paul wasn't really at the races there and I probably expected more from him, but I knew I couldn't let him back in and I finished pretty well. I know I play my best darts on TV and I'm looking forward to coming back for the second round,” said Hamilton after his victory.
Also winning 6-0 was world No.5 and former UK Open finalist Wes Newton, as he dished out a whitewash to the unfortunate Tomas Seyler.
The shock of the night came when former BDO Lakeside champion of the world Mark Webster suffered a 6-4 defeat to home favourite Andree Welge, who came from 4-3 down to win.
“This is the best moment of my career because it's the European Championship and I was playing in front of my own fans against the number nine in the world. I was so nervous because I have all the crowd behind me, but I'm very happy with my performance and it's not a surprise for me to beat Mark. He was the favourite and he deserved to be because he's the number nine in the world. I'll have one day off now and I can't wait to play on Saturday - I know there will be a big crowd cheering me on,” said a delighted Welge.
In other results, Jerry Hendriks beat Mensur Suljovic 6-2, with Brendan Dolan overcoming Justin Pipe 6-3.
Whether Scott Waites will win as many world titles as Phil Taylor may not be a matter for debate if only because it is hard to believe anyone matching the Power.
Scott Waites will play Tony O'Shea in the final of the BDO world Championship at the Lakeside Country Club.
The BDO world championship might be the poor relation in the world of darts but it is fashioning a Cinderella story this year.