Tay­lor on tar­get for Match­play his­tory

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PHIL TAY­LOR has locked him­self away in a log cabin as he tar­gets a record-break­ing 14th win at the BetVic­tor World Match­play that starts in Black­pool on Satur­day.

King Tay­lor has won the World Match­play in 13 of the pre­vi­ous 19 stag­ings of the tour­na­ment at Black­pool’s Win­ter Gar­dens.

Last year’s tri­umph equalled his own record of five suc­ces­sive wins, mean­ing that he would cre­ate yet more his­tory if he walks away with the £100,000 ti­tle again this time around.

Af­ter strug­gling in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, Tay­lor has re­treated to a log cabin in Lan­cashire to get him­self ready.

Mag­i­cal

He said: “Last year was one of the hard­est fi­nals I’ve ever played. I’m hav­ing to work harder as I get older and James Wade pushed me all the way.

“I’ve been do­ing a lot of hard work re­cently to get fit­ter and lose some weight and it’s com­ing to­gether. I’m prac­tis­ing well too, and look­ing for­ward to Black­pool. I’ll be ready.

“It’s the best venue we play at and I’d love to end my ca­reer there be­cause ev­ery­body loves it.

“It’s a venue that ev­ery­body wants to play at. It has some­thing mag­i­cal about it.”

Tay­lor be­gins his chal­lenge in the event on Sun­day night when he takes on Cheshire debu­tant Stu­art Kel­lett, who has reached two PDC rank­ing fi­nals this year. Phil Tay­lor v Stu­art Kel­lett, Terry Jenk­ins v Andy Smith, Ray­mond van Barn­eveld v Men­sur Suljovic, Justin Pipe v Mark Web­ster, Si­mon Whit­lock v Jelle Klaasen, Kevin Painter v Jamie Lewis, James Wade v John Part, Mervyn King v Gary An­der­son, Michael van Ger­wen v Colin Lloyd, Kim Huy­brechts v Peter Wright, Wes New­ton v Jamie Caven, Dave Chis­nall v Paul Ni­chol­son, Andy Hamil­ton v Ron­nie Bax­ter, Robert Thorn­ton v Ian White, Adrian Lewis v Ronny Huy­brechts, Bren­dan Dolan v Steve Beaton.

CHAM­PION: Phil Tay­lor

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