Taylor fights back to progress

Phil Taylor made another remarkable comeback to edge out Mark Walsh 4-3 and book his place in the last 16 of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championship.

Phil Taylor made another remarkable comeback to edge out Mark Walsh 4-3 and book his place in the last 16 of the Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championship.

The 13-time World Champion had to come from behind in his first round clash against Michael van Gerwen, and had to produce another escape to see off Walsh.

Taylor trailed 3-2 after five sets of an enthralling contest, before showing his champion qualities to find an extra gear and take six straight legs for the win.

Taylor now meets Alan Tabern on Thursday in the third round, and admits that he will need to improve if he is to claim another World Championship.

"I don't feel 100% right and I don't know why," said Taylor. "I've got to get on the practice board and put it right because I won't win this title if I don't.

"I was vulnerable but it's not easy winning a World Championship and you have to fight hard."

Tabern booked his place in the last 16 with a 4-0 whitewash of last year’s semi-finalist Andy Jenkins earlier on Saturday.

Roland Scholten progressed to round three with a high-quality 4-2 defeat of Mervyn King, and the Dutchman will now face Wayne Mardle, who came from a set down to see off qualifier Jamie Caven 4-1.

Peter Manley and Jan van der Rassel will also clash in the last 16, after they defeated Alan Warriner-Little and Denis Ovens respectively on Saturday.

The tournament will now resume on Boxing Day following the Christmas break, with the second round continuing from 4pm with six matches.

Former World Champions John Part and Steve Beaton are in action, along with world number three James Wade, young gun Adrian Lewis and a highly anticipated meeting of Kevin Painter and Chris Mason.

2008 Ladbrokes.com PDC World Darts Championship

Second Round

Alan Tabern 4-0 Andy Jenkins

Jan van der Rassel 4-1 Denis Ovens

Peter Manley 4-1 Alan Warriner-Little

Roland Scholten 4-2 Mervyn King

Phil Taylor 4-3 Mark Walsh

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