Taylor confirms favourite tag

Phil Taylor confirmed his 'favourite' tag in the World Matchplay Darts Championship in Blackpool tag by surging into the last eight with a 13-6 demolition of the hapless Kevin Painter.

Phil Taylor confirmed his 'favourite' in the World Matchplay Darts Championship in Blackpool tag by surging into the last eight with a 13-6 demolition of the hapless Kevin Painter.

The undisputed number one produced an awesome display of darts to power past Painter, who played well but could not live with the pace set by 'The Power'.

The match ended 13-6, Taylor missing a 170 check out on the way as he once again set the standard for the tournament.

Taylor will face Chris Mason in the quarter finals after he came through his second round encounter with Steve Brown winning 13-6.

Brown struggled to find his range with numerous darts floating into one rather than the treble 20.

Mason lived up to his name in the first quartet of legs.

While Brown scored in two figures Mason was tuned into the trebles and hitting his doubles with very little pressure from the American.

The Bristol-based player went into the interval with a maximum five-leg advantage leaving Brown with an uphill task to climb.

A brief five-minute break seemed to do the man from Missouri a favour as he scored well early on but Mason was ruthless and made it 6-0 with some blistering double-shooting.

A 97 average over the first six legs allowed Mason to take out his favoured Double 5 and Double 20 leaving Brown restricted to big out-shots that he failed to get close to.

Brown came back into the game briefly in legs eight to fifteen, but the gap was too wide by that point and The Ace had plenty of leeway to wrap up the match with room to spare.

Mason will give the mighty Taylor a real battle in the last eight on the back of this performance - and the first round mauling of Richie Burnett - but will have to maintain his high standards throughout and hope the man from Stoke feels the pressure and fails to respond.

Earlier in the day Roland Scholten completed the line-up for the last sixteen of the PDC Stan James World Matchplay with a thrilling 10-8 triumph over qualifier Paul Williams.

Results:

First Round:

Roland Scholten 10 Paul Williams 8

Second Round:

Phil Taylor 13 Kevin Painter 6

Chris Mason 13 Steve Brown 6

Second Round Matches:

Wednesday, 31st July

1.00pm - Ronnie Baxter v Jamie Harvey

2.30pm - Denis Ovens v John Lowe

4.00pm - Colin Lloyd v Roland Scholten

Break

7.00pm - Alan Warriner v Keith Deller

8.30pm - Bob Anderson v Dave Askew

10.00pm - John Part v Cliff Lazarenko

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