Nine-darter for Phil Taylor in Premier League victory

Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor hit a nine-dart finish on his way to victory over Kevin Painter in the Premier League in Aberdeen.

Taylor was 5-3 down to the debutant but his 11th televised nine-darter came in a run of five consecutive legs as he went on to win the match 8-5.

"Kevin was playing well and I knew I had to do something extraordinary to crack him," said Taylor.

"It's always the tough games that you do something like this because you're not thinking about it."

Painter added: "Phil's a legend and the nine-darter showed what he's capable of.

"I was doing quite well at 5-3 up but you always know that Phil can come back.

"I think if he hadn't hit the nine-darter I might have got the draw or even the win, but it spurred him on and he played some lovely darts after that."

Taylor made history in the 2010 Premier League final by hitting two nine-dart finishes against James Wade, the first time any player had achieved the feat twice in the same match.

Elsewhere, defending champion Gary Anderson beat Andy Hamilton 8-2, Simon Whitlock won 8-4 against James Wade and world champion Adrian Lewis drew 7-7 with Raymond van Barneveld.

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