Phil Taylor eases into second round of PDC World Darts Championship

Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor progressed into the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship with a 3-0 defeat of David Platt at Alexandra Palace.

Phil Taylor eases into second round of PDC World Darts Championship

Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor progressed into the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship with a 3-0 defeat of David Platt at Alexandra Palace.

Averaging 101.93 and securing three maximum 180s against Oceanic Masters winner Platt, the 56-year-old will face compatriot Kevin Painter in the second round.

Platt had earlier beaten John Bowles 2-0 to ensure he would be Taylor's opponent.

Also earlier on Sunday, Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney defeated Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena 3-1 to also progress to the second round where he will face Scotland's Robert Thornton or a qualifier.

He recorded an average of 96.85 and scored five maximum 180s.

There was a 3-2 victory for Alan Norris over John Michael, in which his average was 91.61 and he secured four 180s.

Ian White won 3-0 against Kevin Simm, who had earlier defeated Gilbert Ulang 2-0. White's average was 87.2, and he hit two 180s.

Mark Webster also won via a 3-0 scoreline, against Joe Murnan, when he maintained an average of 87.78 and threw a solitary 180.

Finally, Chris Dobey defeated Justin Pipe 3-1, with an average of 85.94 and after seven 180s.

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