San­ders books ‘The Power’ for din­ner date in Peter­bor­ough

Darts - Leg­end Tay­lor com­ing to The Sol­stice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

Darts leg­end Phil ‘The Power’ Tay­lor is ar­row­ing his way to­wards Peter­bor­ough.

The 16-times world cham­pion will be the big name at a sport­ing din­ner or­gan­ised by Kevin San­ders at The Sol­stice pub on Septem­ber 29.

Af­ter win­ning the World Match­play ti­tle for the 16th time in Black­pool on Sun­day night (July 30), Tay­lor an­nounced he’d like to do some af­ter-din­ner speak­ing.

And on Mon­day morn­ing San­ders was first in the queue to book him.

“His first crack at af­ter­dinner speak­ing will be here in Peter­bor­ough. It’s a ma­jor coup for me and for lo­cal darts fans. The guy is hugely pop­u­lar and I ex­pect it to sell out quickly. So book early,” said San­ders.

Ticket are £100 and in­clude a three-course meal and San­ders can be con­tacted on 07872 601467.

Tay­lor (56) won on Sun­day night at the Win­ter Gar­dens with an­other mas­ter­ful per­for­mance to see off Pe­ter Wright 18-8.

Hav­ing stunned world num­ber one Michael van Ger­wen on Friday, Tay­lor - who is set to re­tire at the end of the year - pro­duced an 11-dart leg to go 9-6 up and then won the next three against the Scot­tish world num­ber three.

Tay­lor won four legs in a row to move within one of vic­tory, and af­ter a 95 fin­ish from Wright, held his nerve on dou­ble 16.

“I feel good - I’ve loved every minute of it,” Tay­lor said. “Dur­ing the fi­nal I was watch­ing every bit of body lan­guage of Pe­ter...he showed every sign of be­ing a lit­tle bit tired.

“I just put him un­der pres­sure - it was all I could do re­ally.

“This has capped ev­ery­thing off for me - this couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time for me.

“It’s a bonus for me, for my grand­chil­dren, for my fans. It’s lovely, it re­ally is. I’m fin­ished now - it’s enough.”

Tay­lor is widely re­garded as the great­est darts player of all time, hav­ing won 216 pro­fes­sional tour­na­ments, which in­clude 84 ma­jor ti­tles.

He won eight con­sec­u­tive World Cham­pi­onships from 1995 to 2002 and reached 14 con­sec­u­tive fi­nals from 1994 to 2007.

No darts player has a win­ning record in matches against him.

He has won the PDC Player of the Year award six times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and has twice been nom­i­nated for the BBC Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year, in 2006 and 2010, fin­ish­ing as run­ner-up in the lat­ter.

He was the first per­son to hit two nine-dart fin­ishes in one match, in the 2010 Pre­mier League Darts fi­nal against James Wade.

He has hit a record 11 tele­vised nine-dart fin­ishes (and 22 over­all). Deep­ing oche leg­end Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams fea­tures in a new book, Darts Great­est Games.

Tele­graph free­lancer Matt Bozeat has in­cluded some of Wolfie’s most mem­o­rable du­els among his top 50, in­clud­ing the clas­sic BDO world fi­nal against Phill Nixon in 2007.

The book fea­tures ex­clu­sive in­ter­views with Adams and Wis­bech thrower Andy Cal­l­laby, who pulled off ar­guably the big­gest up­set of them all when he top­pled Phil Tay­lor in the World Grand Prix in 2004.

‘Darts Great­est Games’ is pub­lished by Pitch and is avail­able from Ama­zon at all good book­shops.

Phil Tay­lor in action.

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