Taylor claims title

Phil Taylor claimed his second title in the space of a week by retaining the Holsten Premier League crown in Plymouth.

Phil Taylor claimed his second title in the space of a week by retaining the Holsten Premier League crown in Plymouth.

The 13-time world champion, who defeated protégé Adrian Lewis in the final of the inaugural World Series of Darts in Connecticut last weekend, overcame a slow start against Roland Scholten to secure a 16-6 win and a cheque for £50,000.

Dutchman Scholten was unable to reproduce the form he showed in his stunning 11-3 semi-final victory over compatriot Raymond van Barneveld – arguably the performance of the night.

Taylor, who blitzed Colin Lloyd 11-3 in their last-four showdown, missed several doubles at the start and Scholten capitalised to draw level at 3-3 with a brilliant 156 checkout.

But ’The Power’ had opened up a two-leg lead at the second interval and he checked out on 124 when they returned to the oche.

Taylor, like all true champions, is a great front-runner and he reeled off four successive legs to increase his lead to 11-4, leaving Scholten with a mountain to climb.

Another Taylor surge – including a 142 checkout – moved him within two legs of victory before Scholten responded with another ton-plus finish.

However, it only delayed the inevitable as Taylor extended his two-year unbeaten record in the tournament with a successful attempt at double top.

Taylor said afterwards: “It was a tough, tough final.

“I knew I had to score well, finish well and be consistent because this fella played really well against Raymond earlier tonight.”

A disappointed Scholten said: “Phil was consistent throughout – and that pulled him through. He kept on punishing me.

“But I’m ready for the UK Open (which starts on June 9 in Bolton). I’m improving all the time.”

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