Taylor cruises in Ally Pally opener


Phil Taylor breezed into the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship with an emphatic victory over David Platt on Sunday.

The 16-time world champion lost just two legs as he dished out a 3-0 defeat to outsider Platt, who beat John Bowles in a preliminary round contest at the start of the evening session but will go no further.

Taylor, the fourth seed, averaged 101.93 in a one-sided match and can now look forward to facing Kevin Painter on December 27.

The man nicknamed 'The Power' was bullish over his chances of winning yet another title after such an impressive start at Alexandra Palace.

"I've got a good chance this year. For the first time in my career I'm confident I can win it, I'm up for it now and enjoying my darts." he told Sky Sports.

"I've been doing something that's making me play better, but I'm not going to tell you what it is."

Tournament debut Chris Dobey provided the highlight of the afternoon session, beating 26th seed Justin Pipe 3-1.

Alan Norris came from two legs down to oust John Michael 3-2, while Mark Webster, Daryl Gurney, and Ian White were also winners.