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Craig Porter 4th Oct 2009 - 19:00

Taylor back on top in Irish Players

Phil Taylor claimed the Irish Players Championship with a 6-1 victory over Wes Newton at the Citywest Hotel.

The world number one picked up his 11th PDC Pro Tour win of the year with a top-class display in Sunday's event, bouncing back from a semi-final loss 24 hours earlier to take the £6,000 cheque.

Taylor took 6-4 wins against Dennis Smith and Raymond van Barneveld in his first two matches, before whitewashing Andy Hamilton in the last 16 - exacting ruthless revenge for his defeat in Saturday's Players Championship.

He then overcame Ronnie Baxter 6-2 and Alan Tabern 6-1 to book his spot in the final, where he powered past in-form Newton.

Taylor took the opening leg and then broke with a 12-darter to lead 2-0, only for Newton to hit back in 12 darts to get off the mark.

Taylor landed two 180s in a leg for the second time in the match as an 11-darter put him 3-1 up, before he took out double 16 and then double nine to move to the brink of victory.

Newton had his chance in the next, but a miss at double 16 allowed Taylor back in to take out 110 for the match.

Newton reached his second Players Championship final in two months with his run, which included narrow 6-5 wins against Dennis Priestley and Jamie Caven in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

He also defeated both Terry Jenkins and Andy Jenkins on the day to claim the £3,000 runner-up prize.

Newton will meet Caven once again on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Skybet World Grand Prix at the Citywest Hotel IECC.

Caven's run to the semis included a 6-5 win over Vincent van der Voort in the last eight, with the Dutchman allowing him to come from 5-1 down to claim victory.

Caven also whitewashed Steve Hine but fell short of a third PDC Pro Tour victory this year.

Alan Tabern battled through to the other semi-final, missing double 12 for a nine-darter during a 6-5 win over world number two James Wade at the last eight stage.

He also overcame fellow World Grand Prix qualifiers Mark Walsh and Denis Ovens in a high-quality day of darts.

Paul Nicholson came from 5-2 down to defeat Colin Lloyd in winning through to the last 16, but Saturday's Players Championship winner Adrian Lewis was a second round victim to Yorkshireman Darren Johnson.

Irish Players Championship (Sunday)

First Round
Board One
Dennis Priestley (1) Bye
John MaGowan 6-0 Matt Jackson
Steve Maish (32) 6-5 Mark Stephenson
Kirk Shepherd 6-3 Tony Ayres

Board Two
Wayne Jones (16) Bye
Mark Webster 6-0 Nigel Birch
Steve Beaton (17) Bye
Chris Thompson 6-5 Toon Greebe

Board Three
Robert Thornton (8) Bye
James Barton 6-0 Dyson Parody
Andy Jenkins (25) Bye
John Part 6-4 Michael Barnard

Board Four
Terry Jenkins (9) Bye
Jonathan Overton 6-5 Davey Mansell
Wes Newton (24) Bye
Ian Eames 6-0 Jon Archer

Board Five
Adrian Lewis (5) Bye
Darren Johnson 6-5 Shane O'Connor
Alex Roy (28) 6-1 Gary Welding
Mark Lawrence 6-5 Dave Ladley

Board Six
Mervyn King (12) Bye
Steve Brown 6-3 Adrian Gray
Vincent van der Voort (21) Bye
Dave Honey 6-1 Tony Blundell

Board Seven
Colin Osborne (4) Bye
Steve Hine 6-3 Peter Wright
Peter Manley (29) 6-1 Mark Frost
Colin McGarry 6-0 Dave Ahmet

Board Eight
Jamie Caven (13) Bye
Wayne Atwood 6-4 Andy Relf
Andy Smith (20 ) Bye
Barrie Bates 6-3 Geoff Whitworth

Board Nine
Phil Taylor (2) Bye
Dennis Smith 6-4 Chris Loudon
Raymond van Barneveld (31) 6-2 John Quantock
Justin Pipe 6-3 Felix McBrearty

Board Ten
Andy Hamilton (15) Bye
Didier de Vuyst 6-3 Par Riihonen
Mark Dudbridge (18) Bye
Wayne Mardle 6-2 Ian McFarlane

Board 11
Colin Lloyd (7) Bye
Kevin McDine 6-1 Dylan Duo
Paul Nicholson (26) Bye
Colin Monk 6-5 Joe Cullen

Board 12
Ronnie Baxter (10) Bye
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Richie Burnett
Kevin Painter (23) Bye
Stephen Hardy 6-2 Gary Barnett

Board 13
James Wade (6) Bye
Jacko Barry 6-4 Chris Jackson
Jelle Klaasen (27) Bye
Louis Blundell 6-0 Kevin Hill

Board 14
Gary Anderson (11) Bye
Roland Scholten 6-0 Dave Ansell
Michael van Gerwen (22) Bye
Stuart Bousfield 6-5 Owen Caffrey

Board 15
Mark Walsh (3) Bye
Steve Grubb 6-3 Ray Farrell
Tony Eccles (30) 6-3 Mick McGowan
Nick Fullwell 6-2 Martyn Turner

Board 16
Alan Tabern (14) Bye
Ken Dobson 6-5 Andy Fordham
Denis Ovens (19) Bye
Matt Clark 6-0 Matt Gallett

Second Round
Dennis Priestley 6-3 John MaGowan
Kirk Shepherd 6-2 Steve Maish
Wayne Jones 6-3 Mark Webster
Steve Beaton 6-4 Chris Thompson
James Barton 6-5 Robert Thornton
Andy Jenkins 6-5 John Part
Terry Jenkins 6-1 Jonathan Overton
Wes Newton 6-2 Ian Eames
Darren Johnson 6-1 Adrian Lewis
Alex Roy 6-2 Mark Lawrence
Mervyn King 6-5 Steve Brown
Vincent van der Voort 6-1 Dave Honey
Steve Hine 6-5 Colin Osborne
Peter Manley 6-4 Colin McGarry
Jamie Caven 6-2 Wayne Atwood
Andy Smith 6-1 Barrie Bates
Phil Taylor 6-4 Dennis Smith
Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Justin Pipe
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Didier de Vuyst
Wayne Mardle 6-4 Mark Dudbridge
Colin Lloyd 6-3 Kevin McDine
Paul Nicholson 6-1 Colin Monk
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Kevin Painter 6-5 Stephen Hardy
James Wade 6-4 Jacko Barry
Louis Blundell 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Gary Anderson 6-3 Roland Scholten
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Stuart Bousfield
Mark Walsh 6-4 Steve Grubb
Tony Eccles 6-4 Nick Fullwell
Alan Tabern 6-1 Ken Dobson
Denis Ovens 6-3 Matt Clark
Losers £200

Third Round
Dennis Priestley 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
Steve Beaton 6-5 Wayne Jones
Andy Jenkins 6-2 James Barton
Wes Newton 6-5 Terry Jenkins
Alex Roy 6-5 Darren Johnson
Vincent van der Voort 6-5 Mervyn King
Steve Hine 6-4 Peter Manley
Jamie Caven 6-3 Andy Smith
Phil Taylor 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Andy Hamilton 6-4 Wayne Mardle
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Colin Lloyd
Ronnie Baxter 6-1 Kevin Painter
James Wade 6-3 Louis Blundell
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Gary Anderson
Mark Walsh 6-5 Tony Eccles
Alan Tabern 6-5 Denis Ovens
Losers £300

Fourth Round
Dennis Priestley 6-2 Steve Beaton
Wes Newton 6-3 Andy Jenkins
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Alex Roy
Jamie Caven 6-0 Steve Hine
Phil Taylor 6-0 Andy Hamilton
Ronnie Baxter 6-2 Paul Nicholson
James Wade 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
Alan Tabern 6-2 Mark Walsh
Losers £400

Wes Newton 6-5 Dennis Priestley
Jamie Caven 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Phil Taylor 6-2 Ronnie Baxter
Alan Tabern 6-5 James Wade
Losers £800

Wes Newton 6-5 Jamie Caven
Phil Taylor 6-1 Alan Tabern
Losers £1,500

Phil Taylor 6-1 Wes Newton
Winner £6,000
Runner-Up £3,000

David Allen
PDC Media Officer


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