Phil Taylor won his 14th World Matchplay title on Sunday night after beating fellow Stoke player Adrian Lewis in the decider.
Taylor proved too strong for his compatriot on a scoreline of 18-13 at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, in the process recording a sixth successive victory in the event.
The legendary player known as The Power, averaged 111.23 across 31 legs, including 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 disappointed to lose out but paid tribute to the winner, admitting he was one of the all time legends.
“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.”