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Phil Taylor powers to World Matchplay title in Blackpool

Updated: Monday, 29 Jul 2013 12:43 | Comments

Phil Taylor's first World Matchplay title came in 1995
Phil Taylor's first World Matchplay title came in 1995

Phil Taylor claimed a 14th World Matchplay title on Sunday night after winning his all-Stoke clash with Adrian Lewis.

Taylor won 18-13 at Blackpool's Winter Gardens to register a record sixth successive victory in the tournament.

The world number one averaged 111.23 across 31 legs and also fired in three 100-plus checkouts to overcome Lewis' 19 180s.

"It was tough and it's probably one of the best finals I've ever been involved in," said Taylor. "It was a great final and there were two winners there.

"I knew that Adrian would throw a lot of 180s but my game plan was to hit the 140s and 137s and the odd 180 to keep him under pressure. I had to keep pounding him, and it felt that every time I turned around he was hitting a 180.

"He was phenomenal and I've never played anyone like him because it's very difficult to keep up with him. He was superb.

Lewis was unable to follow up his recent European Championship victory by claiming back-to-back majors.

"I threw everything at him but he put me under so much pressure," said Lewis. "I gave it my all but I fell short at the end, and Phil showed what a great champion he is."

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