Justin Pipe won his first professional title with a 6-5 defeat of Phil Taylor in today's Players Championship at the New Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin.

The 39-year-old from Taunton continued his push to break into the world's top 32 with a brilliant display to prepare in style for his PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix debut on Monday night in Citywest with the £6,000 title.

He had already achieved one 'first' for the day when he reached his maiden PDC ProTour final, having reached the last four on three occasions already this year.

His run included 6-5 wins against Mark Dudbridge and Ronnie Baxter, a whitewash of Mick Todd and 6-4 victories in the quarter-finals against Steve Beaton and the semi-finals against Gary Anderson, Pipe's regular practice partner.

He then took on world number one Taylor in the decider, and hit back superbly from going 3-1 down to level with legs of 13 and 15 darts.

Taylor took the seventh with a 121 finish for a 12-darter, but Pipe levelled on double ten, and after the pair traded the next two to set up a decider he hit three ton-plus scores to be first to a finish.

Pipe initially missed the bull for a 124 checkout, but when Taylor missed double top for the win he returned to land double ten for a 13-dart winning leg.