Phil Taylor eases into second round of PDC World Darts Championship

Phil Taylor eases into second round of PDC World Darts Championship

Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor progressed into the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship with a 3-0 defeat of David Platt at Alexandra Palace.

Averaging 101.93 and securing three maximum 180s against Oceanic Masters winner Platt, the 56-year-old will face compatriot Kevin Painter in the second round.

Platt had earlier beaten John Bowles 2-0 to ensure he would be Taylor's opponent.

Also earlier on Sunday, Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney defeated Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena 3-1 to also progress to the second round where he will face Scotland's Robert Thornton or a qualifier.

He recorded an average of 96.85 and scored five maximum 180s.

There was a 3-2 victory for Alan Norris over John Michael, in which his average was 91.61 and he secured four 180s.

Phil Taylor eases into second round of PDC World Darts Championship

Ian White won 3-0 against Kevin Simm, who had earlier defeated Gilbert Ulang 2-0. White's average was 87.2, and he hit two 180s.

Mark Webster also won via a 3-0 scoreline, against Joe Murnan, when he maintained an average of 87.78 and threw a solitary 180.

Finally, Chris Dobey defeated Justin Pipe 3-1, with an average of 85.94 and after seven 180s.

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