Phil Taylor beats Kevin Painter to advance at PDC World Championship

The former world number one was below his best and only operated at 28 per cent on the doubles but Painter missed a number of opportunities and was made to pay.

Phil Taylor beats Kevin Painter to advance at PDC World Championship

Phil Taylor kept his hopes of a 15th PDC World Championship title alive after booking his place in the third round with a 4-1 win over Kevin Painter.

The former world number one was below his best and only operated at 28 per cent on the doubles but Painter missed a number of opportunities and was made to pay.

It had started well for Painter as he dominated the first set and a half and had darts to take a 2-0 lead before Taylor quickly reeled off two comfortable sets to level.

The decisive action came in the third set, which went to a fifth leg, as Taylor was inexplicably allowed to get away with missing 10 darts on a double, with Painter missing three of his own on double 10 and the chance to level the game slipped away.

Taylor made Painter pay for that let-off and then won the final two sets with ease to seal his passage, which included a 170 checkout.

Two-time champion Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright booked their places in the third round in rather more serene fashion, with both players yet to drop a set in this year’s competition so far.

Lewis, the 2011 and 2012 winner, averaged 103.52 and dropped just two legs in thrashing Andrew Gilding 4-0, while Wright admitted he struggled despite beating Ronny Huybrechts by the same scoreline.

“I thought I’d lost my mojo over Christmas, my consistency wasn’t there,” said the 2014 runner-up, who will next play Dave Chisnall.

Terry Jenkins was sent packing by 2008 BDO world champion Mark Webster, with the Welshman easing to a 4-0 victory to set up a clash with Alan Norris, who saw off Joe Murnan 4-1, while Mensur Suljovic will next play Lewis after edging past David Pellett 4-3.

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