BRILLIANT TAYLOR TAKES GERMAN DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY AGAINST CHISNALL
The world number one followed up fine victories over Colin Lloyd, Raymond van Barneveld and Wes Newton by gaining revenge over Chisnall for his defeat in the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship at Christmas in Sunday night^s final.
Taylor had also been defeated by the St Helens man in a Players Championship final in Reading earlier this year, but never looked like suffering a third loss with a vintage display in the final.
Taylor opened the decider with a 180 in a 12-darter, and after Chisnall levelled in 14 darts he posted an 11-darter and tops to lead 3-1.
Chisnall won the fifth leg on double ten, despite a maximum from Taylor, before the Stoke great hit the same bed to win his fourth leg, finished a 14-darter to lead 5-2 and landed his seventh maximum in the next as he set up tops for victory.
"I^m delighted to have won this," said Taylor, who ended the game with a 106.82 average to Chisnall^s 100.60.
"Dave^s played some great darts throughout the weekend so I knew I^d have to be at my best in the final and it^s great to win. It^s a fantastic way to set myself up for the World Matchplay."
Taylor had defeated youngsters Jerry Hendriks and Reece Robinson earlier in the weekend before beginning Sunday^s final stages with a 6-0 whitewash of Colin Lloyd.
He then held off Raymond van Barneveld^s fightback from 4-1 down to claim a narrow 6-5 quarter-final victory over his great rival, before seeing off Wes Newton 6-3 in the semis on his way to claiming the £15,000 first prize.
Chisnall^s run to the final had begun with wins over Gareth Cousins and Michael Rosenauer, before he edged out Terry Jenkins 6-5 by hitting six 180s in their third round clash.
He then defeated Mervyn King and Simon Whitlock 6-4 to win through to the final, with the £7,500 prize money taking him up to 16th in the PDC Order of Merit.
"It feels great to have reached the final but Phil was too good in the end," said Chisnall. "It^s always an honour playing Phil and the atmosphere was great.
"I like the European Tour events and I^m having some success in them, so I hope I can win one next time! I^ve been putting in a lot of hard work recently and it^s paying off."
World number five Newton followed up a 103 average in his third round victory over Michael Mansell with a 6-3 quarter-final win over Justin Pipe, who was unable to follow up his victory in April^s Austrian Open event with another European Tour title.
Simon Whitlock produced fine displays to see off Kevin Painter - with a 106.83 average - and Belgium^s Kim Huybrechts to reach the semis, before going down 6-3 to Chisnall.
World Youth Champion James Hubbard, Holland^s Co Stompe, Mark Webster and Ronnie Baxter were other losers in the last 16 of the German Darts Championship, which was the second of five £82,100 European Tour events which will be held this year.
The third European Tour event, the European Darts Open, will be held at the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf from July 6-8. For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.net.
German Darts Championship
European Tour Event Two
Sunday June 24
Phil Taylor 6-0 Colin Lloyd
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Mark Webster
Wes Newton 6-1 Michael Mansell
Justin Pipe 6-4 Co Stompe
Mervyn King 6-4 James Hubbard
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Terry Jenkins
Simon Whitlock 6-2 Kevin Painter
Kim Huybrechts 6-4 Ronnie Baxter
Phil Taylor 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Wes Newton 6-3 Justin Pipe
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Mervyn King
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
Phil Taylor 6-3 Wes Newton
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Simon Whitlock
Phil Taylor 6-2 Dave Chisnall
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
1-0 - Taylor wins the opening leg in 13 darts on double 16.
1-1 - Taylor hits a 180 but misses tops and van Barneveld holds throw.
2-1 - Taylor finishes 68 for a 14-darter to regain the lead.
3-1 - Taylor hits a 180 to leave 129 after nine darts, and wins the leg with his fifth dart at a double to break throw.
4-1 - Taylor finishes 32 at the third time of asking to move three legs clear.
4-2 - The world number one kicks off with a 180 but van Barneveld takes out 127 for a 12-darter to hit back.
4-3 - van Barneveld breaks by taking out 60 to reduce the gap to one leg.
4-4 - The Dutchman levels with a 14-darter.
5-4 - Taylor opens with two to-plus scores and takes out 66 for a 14-darter to regain the lead.
5-5 - van Barneveld kicks off the leg with a 180 and follows that with scores of 140 and 128 before forcing a deciding leg with a 12-darter.
6-5 - Taylor is first to a finish, and leaves 32 after 12 darts before completing a 15-darter for the match.
Phil Taylor: "Raymond^s fantastic and he^s getting back to his best, which is great for me because I love playing him. There^s a lot of pressure in the game^s between us so I^m delighted to win."
Wes Newton v Justin Pipe
1-0 - Newton hits a 180 to leave 24, and hits double 12 to take a 13-darter to break throw.
1-1 - Pipe lands a maximum in reply to set up a 90 finish, and both players miss the bull before the Taunton man breaks back with a 14-darter.
2-1 - Newton regains the lead by taking out 24 against the throw.
3-1 - The pair trade 180s, with Newton being handed a reprieve for three misses at double eight when Pipe fails to finish double 17, allowing the Fleetwood ace in to land double eight.
4-1 - Newton misses the bull for a 164, but Pipe fails to finish 64 and allows him back in to finish double eight.
4-2 - Pipe scores 180, 140 and 145 before closing out an 11-darter to break back.
5-2 - Newton hits four tons before punishing Pipe for missed doubles in two visits to break and move a leg away from the semis.
5-3 - Pipe hits a 180 but the shot is followed by a 171 from Newton - but the Taunton man finishes 90 for a 12-darter to break and stay in the hunt.
6-3 - Newton hits two 140s but misses two match darts - only for Pipe to miss tops and allow him back to seal the win on double nine.
Wes Newton: "The seventh leg was important. Justin missed his chances and you have to jump on him and take the opportunity. I did that and I^m very happy. I know I can beat Phil and that I have beaten him before, and you^ve got to forget that when you^re playing him and go up there and play good darts."
Mervyn King v Dave Chisnall
0-1 - Chisnall finishes 56 for a 14-darter to take the opening leg.
1-1 - Chisnall misses two darts to break and King finishes 64 to level.
1-2 - Chisnall finishes 36 to regain the advantage.
2-2 - King edges the fourth to square the contest once more.
2-3 - Chisnall misses double five for a 130 finish, but King cannot take out 102 and he returns to edge back ahead.
3-3 - King checks out 101 to level.
3-4 - Chisnall opens with 140 and 180 and finishes a 13-darter on tops.
3-5 - Chisnall kicks off the leg with a 180 against the throw, and takes advantage of slow scoring from King to break.
4-5 - Chisnall hits a 180 to be first to a finish, but misses a clutch of match darts to allow King to take out 83 to stay in the contest.
4-6 - Chisnall lands his fifth 180 of the game and finishes 97 for a 12-darter to seal victory.
Dave Chisnall: "I^m really pleased to be in the semis. I made hard work of that with my doubles but I^m looking forward to the semis now."
Simon Whitlock v Kim Huybrechts
0-1 - Huybrechts takes first blood by landing double five to take the opening leg.
1-1 - Whitlock finishes double ten to hit back and level.
1-2 - A 71 finish sees the Belgian regain the lead.
1-3 - Whitlock misses three darts to level and Huybrechts takes out 42 to break for the first time.
2-3 - Whitlock has a bounce-out on the bullseye for a 170 finish, but he returns to win the leg in 14 darts to break back.
3-3 - Whitlock scores 131, 140 and 135 while Huybrechts scores 140 and 180, with both players initially missing the bull before the Australian finishes 25 to level.
3-4 - Both players suffer double trouble before Huybrechts edges back in front.
4-4 - Whitlock takes out 96 to square the match.
5-4 - Whitlock finishes 101 to break throw and move to the brink of victory.
6-4 - Whitlock misses double 19 for a 158 finish, but Huybrechts cannot land the bull for a 128 checkout and the Australian completes the win on double 19.
Phil Taylor v Wes Newton
1-0 - Taylor wins the opening leg on double ten.
1-1 - Newton finishes 24 to level in 15 darts.
2-1 - Newton misses two darts at tops to break, and Taylor recovers from scoring 48 and 40 earlier in the leg by finishing 85 in two darts.
3-1 - Taylor finishes 99 for a 12-darter to break and move two legs clear.
4-1 - Newton scores 125, 180 but Taylor finishes 52 for a 15-darter to hold throw.
4-2 - Newton finishes 75 to hit back.
5-2 - Newton lands a 180 but is unable to finish 161 and Taylor takes out 72 to move to the brink of a place in the final.0
5-3 - Newton takes out 76 to remain in the hunt.
6-3 - Taylor finishes 76 in two darts for the win.
Dave Chisnall v Simon Whitlock
1-0 - Chisnall hits a 180 with his second throw but initially misses his chance to lead, only for Whitlock to waste two darts at double 18 and allow him in to edge the opener against the darts.
1-1 - Chisnall adds a second maximum of the game, but misses three darts to hold throw as Whitlock breaks back with a 56 finish.
2-1 - Chisnall kicks off the leg with another 180 but misses two darts at double 18 to break - only for Whitlock to miss three darts of his own and allow him back in on double 18.
3-1 - The Helens ace hits his fourth 180 in as many legs before taking out 113 for a 12-darter.
3-2 - Double ten from Whitlock sees him hit back.
4-2 - Chisnall fires in another maximum, and when Whitlock misses the bull to finish 87 he returns to the oche to edge the sixth leg.
4-3 - Chisnall misses a chance to break when needing 64, allowing Whitlock off the hook for an earlier miss as he holds throw.
5-3 - Chisnall finishes 24 with his third dart to move a leg away from the final.
5-4 - Whitlock is unable to take out 80 - but Chisnall misses three darts at double 12 to allow him back to land tops and keep the game alive.
6-4 - Chisnall lands his sixth 180 of the game to leave 128, and takes out 36 to seal the win.
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
0-0 - Phil Taylor wins the bull and throws first.
1-0 - Taylor hits a 180 with his second visit to the oche and finishes 88 to break in 12 darts.
1-1 - Chisnall lands a maximum of his own before finishing 40 for a 14-darter to level.
2-1 - Taylor opens with a 180 and adds a second maximum, and although he cannot complete the nine-darter he wins the leg in 11 darts by taking out 56.
3-1 - Taylor hits tops to move two legs clear.
3-2 - Chisnall kicks off the leg with two 140s, with Taylor landing a 180 but unable to break on 121, allowing the St Helens man back in to finish 20 with his third dart.
4-2 - Taylor begins the leg with a 180 and finishes 40 for a 15-darter to move two clear.
5-2 - Chisnall hits two scores of 58, with a 180 from Taylor leaving him 85 after nine darts, and he lands tops for a 13-darter to move to the brink of the title.
6-2 - Chisnall lands a 180 and Taylor replies in kind with his seventh of the game, and goes on to finish 57 for the triumph.