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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 December, 2003, 22:32 GMT
Taylor strolls through
Phil Taylor
Taylor is aiming to regain the title he lost to John Part
Phil Taylor eased into round four of the Ladbrokes.com World Championship with a 4-0 victory over Colin McGarry.

The 10-times world champion, beaten by John Part in last year's final, never had to move out of third gear against the Northern Ireland qualifier.

Taylor won the first two sets without dropping a leg before McGarry got off the mark at the start of the third.

McGarry won another leg in the fourth set but Taylor hardly broke sweat as he booked his place in the last 16.

Simon Whatley held his nerve in sudden death to defeat former world champion Richie Burnett 4-3 in another third-round match at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet.

It all came down to one leg after the pair could not be separated following seven highly-entertaining sets.

For the player I was up against, it just seemed too easy
Lionel Sams

"It's all about digging deep and that's what I did," said Whatley. "It's good experience and it's the biggest win of my career."

Lionel Sams capped an eventful few days with a superb 4-2 victory over world number four Roland Scholten.

"It was unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I was throwing at times tonight," said Sams, who proposed to ex-wife Caroline Sams after Sunday's win over Alex MacKay.

Former world darts champion Steve Beaton took less than an hour to beat Jamie Harvey 4-0.

Beaton, who won the Embassy title in 1996, will now meet Mark Dudbridge, who beat defending champion Jon Part.

I went up another gear after losing the first set and I'm very happy with that
Colin Lloyd

Colin Lloyd fired a warning to his rivals for the title by demolishing Peter Evison 4-1.

Lloyd missed the chance of a nine-dart finish in the third leg of the fifth set when he failed to find treble 19 after nailing seven treble 20s.

But he kept his composure to secure a 4-1 win.

"I went up another gear after losing the first set and I'm very happy with that," said Lloyd.

He now plays Wayne Mardle, who struggled past Steve Maish 4-2.

"It was a tough match and I made it tougher for myself," said Mardle, the number 12 seed.




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