Taylor eyes van Barneveld showdown

Darts legend Phil Taylor has revealed he would relish another showdown with Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld.

Darts legend Phil Taylor has revealed he would relish another showdown with Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld.

‘The Power’ won his 12th World Championship title last night with a hard-fought 7-4 win over Mark Dudbridge in the final of the Ladbrokes.com-sponsored event at Purfleet’s Circus Tavern.

The 44-year-old has nothing to prove in the game having already defeated van Barneveld and Andy Fordham, who both play on the British Darts Organisation circuit, in one-off encounters.

However, van Barneveld, who is currently involved in the rival Lakeside World Championship, has expressed his desire to face Taylor again.

Van Barneveld stated: “It would be good to play him but there is a long way to go in this tournament first – we are only in the quarter-finals. But it’s something that would be good if it happened.”

Taylor is equally keen, providing van Barneveld is able to win his fourth world title this weekend.

“We’ll have to sit down and talk about that (another showdown) and it depends on who wins the other World Championship,” said Taylor.

“But I would love to play Raymond again.

“He’s a brilliant player and it’s a game I would love to be involved in. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Another target for Taylor is title number 13 – his lucky number – although he admits it will be a tough ask.

“It’s getting harder and harder because the players are getting better and I’m not getting any younger,” added Taylor.

“The players on the Professional Darts Corporation circuit are fantastic and there have been some great matches this week.

“But it would a dream come true to win 13 titles because that’s always been my target.”

One of the players who could prevent Taylor achieving his goal is runner-up Dudbridge, whose impressive display yesterday proved his final appearance at the Stan James World Matchplay in Blackpool during the summer was no fluke.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, I think Mark Dudbridge will win a world title,” said Taylor.

“He’s been in two world finals now and he’s learning fast. He’s a very good player and a great lad.”

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