Anderson quashes Taylor’s quest for 17th world title in nervy finale

Ross McLean
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ENGLAND’S Phil Taylor admitted to being bullied in the deciding set after Gary Anderson last night claimed his first PDC World Championship with a pulsating 7-6 victory at the Alexandra Palace.

Fourth seed Anderson trailed the 16-time world champion 4-3 before surging into a 6-4 lead, while Taylor engineered a dramatic finale by levelling the clash at 6-6.

Anderson claimed the first leg of the final set as Taylor’s finishing deserted him, the 54-year-old missing double 12 in the next which allowed Anderson to capitalise and claim silverware.

“At 6-6 I felt I had him and my energy levels were good but he did a job on me and he beat me up in the last set,” said Taylor. “Doubles cost me a couple of sets. My double eight and 16 were awful but Gary put me under pressure.”

Anderson, who lost nine of 10 legs after going 3-1 up, admitted beating someone of the stature of Taylor to the £250,000 first prize made his triumph all the more rewarding.

Anderson said: “Phil is the best and always will be the best so that makes it more special.”