Tay­lor tips Lewis to be new power

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PHIL TAY­LOR has tipped Adrian Lewis to re­place him as darts’ No.1 player af­ter the pair’s clas­sic show­down in Black­pool.

“The Power” won a record sixth suc­ces­sive World Match­play ti­tle – and his 14th in to­tal at the Win­ter Gar­dens – with one of the per­for­mances of his ca­reer as he de­feated Lewis 18-13 with a 111 aver­age.

The world cham­pion’s aver­age never dropped be­low 110 in a re­lent­less dis­play, but Lewis – Tay­lor’s for­mer prac­tice part­ner and pro­tégé af­ter he emerged as a teenage star in Stoke – hit 19 max­i­mum 180s in re­ply.

Lewis (above) ended a dif­fi­cult 18 months by win­ning the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship ear­lier in July – and Tay­lor has tipped the 28-year-old to take over his man­tle when he re­tires.

“I was re­ally pleased Adrian got to the fi­nal in Black­pool be­cause I had him with me for two years,” said Tay­lor (right).

“He came to my house ev­ery day and I treated him like my own son – and Sun­day was the day we al­ways dreamed of, to play each other in a big fi­nal.

“Adrian deserves

it be­cause I know how much hard work he’s put in.

“He has had his knock­ers and proved them wrong, and I’m pleased for him. That’s the lad I know and love. “He’s grown up. He’s a fa­ther now, he’s got chil­dren, a wife, properties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“He’s a dif­fer­ent per­son now, but he’s still a lovely lad and he didn’t do much wrong in the fi­nal. “We were tak­ing the mickey be­cause he’s only got a lit­tle tro­phy and I’ve got a big one – but one day he’ll be pick­ing the big tro­phies up, no doubt about it.”

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