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Taylor shines in Players win

Phil Taylor won his second PDC ProTour title of 2014 with a whitewash in the final of the 50,000 Players Championship 4 in Crawley on Sunday.

The 16-time World Champion was in stunning form throughout the day, winning six of his seven matches with an overall average of 106.59 as well as missing double 18 for a nine-dart finish against Michael Smith.

Taylor opened the day with a 109.98 average as he whitewashed Brian Woods, and then overcame Mareno Michels and Paul Nicholson before defeating Vincent van der Voort with a stunning 118.42 average to reach the quarter-finals.

There, he avenged his World Championship defeat to Smith with a 6-1 win, which included missing double 18 for a nine-darter before he returned to land double nine for a ten-dart winning leg.

He then saw off Mervyn King in the semi-finals with a 6-2 triumph before sweeping past Stoke rival White in the decider to take the 10,000 first prize.

Taylor hit a 168 score in a 14-darter to open the final before posting a 177 as he doubled his lead with a 13-dart finish, which was bettered when he took the third leg in 12 darts with the aid of a 174.

White missed two darts at double 16 as Taylor hit the same bed to win the fourth leg in 13 darts, and the world number two capitalised on a missed bullseye from his opponent in the next as he followed a 180 with double two to move five legs clear.

White was also first to a finish in leg six, but missed double 16 to take out 110 as Taylor sealed victory with a bullseye, double eight finish to check out 66 for a 14-darter in completing the triumph.

The win for Taylor followed up his run to Saturday's final, where he lost to Gary Anderson, as he took home 15,000 in prize money for his weekend in Crawley.

"It's been a great weekend for me and I'm really pleased with how I played," said Taylor. "I knew coming to Crawley that the two tournaments could be great match practice for me and that's how it's panned out.

"The results are starting to come for me now and the way I've played this weekend shows that the hard work in recent weeks has all been worth it."