Fen tiger tamed by The Power

Phil Taylor needed little of his Power to stroll past a struggling Peter Evison as the Fen Tiger rolled over for the World Number One in a 6-0 thumping in the semi-final of the Paddy Power Grand Prix on Saturday night, to set up a final showdown with John Part.

Phil Taylor needed little of his Power to stroll past a struggling Peter Evison as the Fen Tiger rolled over for the World Number One in a 6-0 thumping in the semi-final of the Paddy Power Grand Prix on Saturday night, to set up a final showdown with John Part.

The match again went with form and Taylor, like John Part before him, strolled largely untroubled into the final, where the fans will be hoping for a much brighter showing.

Evison claimed an 8-1 World Matchplay victory over Taylor in 1996 but this never looked like being a repeat of that match from the very first throw.

A steely shake of hands reflected the needle in this encounter but an icy glare from Evison was as menacing as The Fen Tiger looked throughout the match as he was outgunned, outfought and outclassed by the World number one.

Evison could, in fact, only manage to claim two legs in the whole contest and Taylor was not even forced to nail any big checkouts to runaway with a 6-0 thumping and set-up the eagerly-anticipated clash with world number two John 'Darth Maple' Part.

Taylor is looking determined to clinch the only televised tournament he is yet to win, and put in another solid display without needing to play his most sparkling darts.

Evison had early chance but missed six shots at the double, leaving Taylor to mop up the first leg, quickly followed by the second.

The third went the way of Evison as he battled hard to keep in touch with The Power, but the ten times World Champion ended the set with tops to take the early lead.

Taylor then stepped up a gear in the second set and breezed through against a gob-smacked Evison, 3-0.

The Fen Tiger was battling for his very life, and after going 1-0 down in the third set, clawed a leg back, landing tops with Taylor sitting on D16.

That same double was to prove effective for The Power as he bagged the next two legs, and the set, by the D16 despite Evison running him close each time, he was not allowed a shot at a double.

Taylor again took the opening leg of the fourth set, followed by the second with an 11-dart leg to really put the boot in on Evison, who had hit two maximum's in the two legs.

Evison had been rumoured to have injured his wrist, and he was clearly struggling at times with the problem to his throwing arm, although his scores did not seem to reflect the problem.

Taylor was in no mood to show any mercy for his opponent and stormed the last leg to open up a 4-0 gap against a floundering Evison.

The Power's customary opening leg win was followed by 2-0 in the fifth set as again Taylor strolled down to his double and again took the leg without any noticeable pressure from by now tamed Tiger.

Taylor waltzed into a five set lead as The Fen Tiger could now barely raise a growl as he only just avoided a whitewash by the skin of his teeth.

The Tiger was well and truly caged by this stage and Taylor had little trouble rattling off the final three legs to stroll into the final and set up his showdown with John Part in a repeat of the World Matchplay final in the summer.

Final: 7pm: Phil Taylor v John Part

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