World Darts Championship: Phil Taylor secures routine win over David Platt

Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor has won a record 16 world titles
William Hill World Darts Championship
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 15 December to 2 January
BBC coverage: Daily reports and results plus live text commentary on the final

Phil Taylor secured a straightforward 3-0 victory over David Platt in the first round of the PDC World Championship on Sunday.

Taylor, who has won a record 16 world titles, threw at an average of 101.93 as he registered a speedy victory over Australia-based Platt.

He will now face Kevin Painter, who he beat 7-6 in the final of the 2004 World Championship.

"I think I'm cracking it and we've got a battle now," Taylor told Sky Sports.

"For the first time in my career, I'm confident of winning it and that's rookie for me."

Alan Norris beat John Michael 3-2, while Daryl Gurney secured a 3-1 victory over Jermaine Wattimena.

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