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Phil Taylor beats Chris Dobey in first round of World Darts Championship

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   The great Phil Taylor made a nervy start to the world championships GETTY IMAGES The great Phil Taylor made a nervy start to the world championships
Noah Ferguson | 17 December, 2017, 03:25

Taylor, who will retire from competitive darts at the conclusion of the two-week event averaged 96.55 against "Hollywood".

He plays next Saturday in the second round against the victor of the first-round clash involving Justin Pipe and preliminary players China's Zong Xiaochen and New Zealander Bernie Smith.

Former BDO champion Jelle Klaasen fell at the first hurdle, going down 3-1 to fellow Dutchman Jan Dekker.

I lacked a bit of energy against Chris tonight, I slacked a little bit and it's not me. "He is my heart, my soul and the reason I play darts".

Dobey then had two darts to win the fourth and force a deciding fifth set, but failed to capitalise and Taylor took advantage and ultimately won the match. "So I've got to shut up now". Taylor sprang back to hit double 16 to level it up and then looked more assured as he finished things off in the final leg.

Phil Taylor beats Chris Dobey in first round of World Darts Championship

A clinical 44 ensured The Power hammered home the punishment to maximum effect and having been on the brink of a decider, found himself in the second round on December 23 and a date in the final session before the three-day Christmas break and another airing for the most famous walk-on in the business.

And Taylor revealed it is "killing" him that he can not compete to the same level that once saw him dominant the world.

Elsewhere, World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Berg beat world No.21 Stephen Bunting, recording an average of 104.17.

"Definitely happy about that", Van den Bergh told Sky Sports Darts.

The Flying Scotsman, who was a losing finalist to most recent victor and this year's favourite Michael van Gerwen, raced to victory in the first set before taking the second with a stunning 131.93 average.

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