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Live Reporting

By Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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  1. End of an era

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    Right, I don't want to, but I've got to bring this live to an end.

    Some debate over whether we close on an image of the incoming Rob Cross or the outgoing Phil Taylor.

    But I've gone with the 27-year-old former electrician who just produced one of the greatest performances of all time to beat the sport's greatest-ever player.

    Phil Taylor, the 16-time world champion, is bidding farewell to darts.

    But there's a new kid on the block. And he's already conquered the world.

    Thanks for your company. Goodnight.

    Rob Cross with the tropy
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    Luke Almond: Pressure is probably the major difficulty when playing darts. Cross appears to have dispensed of this trivial issue.

  3. Post update

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    A 27-year-old former electrician has just demolished the greatest darts player of all time.

    And we will never get to see 16-time World Champion Phil Taylor walk on to a darts stage again.

    What a rollercoaster of a night.

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    Imran Sidat: That was flawless from Rob Cross. It's remarkable to produce that standard in your first ever World Championship!

    MJF: In another universe, Taylor nailed double 12 for the 9 darter and pulled it back to 3-2, so beginning the fairy tale end to his career.

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    SMS Message: Only got involved in this tournament tonight after reading Rob Cross is from Pembury in Kent, where I live. Certainly won’t be challenging him down the local! from Clive C
    Clive C
  6. Post update

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    I'm emotional. More so about the quality of those darts from Rob Cross.

    The 167 checkout to win the second set, the deadly double eight for the fifth set and the 140 finish to seal the deal.

    Taylor had his chances. He missed double 12 for a nine-dart leg and averaged over 102, but there was only one man in that final.

    Cross takes it with a 107 three-dart average, 11 maximums and a 60% doubles average.


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    Totum: Rob Cross. World Darts Champion. His first year as a professional - astonishing stuff. A timely new year reminder that anything can be possible in 2018. I might try and become Pope or win the Bake Off. Maybe both.

    And it all started in the pub...

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    Was that the greatest performance you've ever seen?

    Are you in tears?

    Let me know. #bbcdarts or text 81111

  9. Post update

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    Rob Cross might have won the trophy, but this is still Phil Taylor's night.

    He's on stage, singing his heart out to Coldplay's 'When I ruled the World'. Apparently this is what he's always wanted.

    16 times the Power has been crowned the Champion of the World.

    No tears from Phil, but everyone else has gone.

  10. 'You've got a little animal on your hands'

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    Phil Taylor is in a reflective mood on stage.

    "I tried my best but he was like me 25 years ago, he was relentless and didn't stop putting me under pressure," he says.

    "He's dedicated, he's listened, learned and the players next year have got a big problem.

    "You've got someone who wants to win, I don't think the money with him is going to make a scrap of difference, you've got a little animal on your hands.

    "It was like an old man against a young man, it was a mis-match. That's it for me because I haven't got the energy or interest to beat Michael van Gerwen or him."

    Phil Taylor
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    Luke Almond: Rob Cross simply ripping up the rule book. Fairly sure it’s traditional to miss a least 5 darts to win your first world title, not to checkout a ton plus finish!

    Luke Rundle: And the crown has now been passed. I cannot wait to see Cross in the Premier League.

    Theo Bowyer: Take a bow Rob Cross... demolition job

  12. 'It was my dream' - Cross

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    Let's hear from your World Champion...

    Rob Cross

    "I feel great but it's Phil's last year and it's about him departing. That's why I let him lift the trophy.

    "It was my dream to play him 15 years ago and now I have.

    "I was actually born in 1990 when he won his first title. He won the trophy and I took my first breath of air."

  13. Post update

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    "There's only one Philip Taylor, one Philip Taylor, walking along, singing his song, walking in a Taylor wonderland."

    The crowd have chosen their winner.

    The Power receives his runner-up trophy. But here comes the Champion...

    "ROBBY ROBBY CROSS" rings around the Ally Pally. I'm pleased.

    Taylor is given a lift of the trophy, but he'll have to let go. That's not his.

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    Chris Waldie: 20 minutes of free wi-fi on board Vegas to Seattle refreshing the darts coverage on BBC Sport. Think I should crowdfund for an hour extra.

  15. Post update

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    Stay with me.

    I'll bring you all the reaction from both players as Rob Cross receives his trophy and Phil Taylor leaves the stage for the final time.

    The Taylor era is over.

  16. Post update

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    Rob Cross barely raises a smile. Phil Taylor does not get his dream ending.

    He will stay a 16-time World Champion.

  17. Cross wins the World Championship

    Cross 7-2 Taylor

    TREBLE 18. TREBLE 18. DOUBLE 16.