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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 23:04 GMT 00:04 UK
Taylor races to victory over Part
Phil Taylor
Taylor had a three-dart average of 98.57 in his win over Part
Phil Taylor made short work of John Part in the second round of the Stan James World Matchplay on Tuesday.

The 13-time world champion lost to Canadian Part in the quarter-finals of this event last year but got his revenge with an emphatic 13-2 victory.

Taylor also registered the highest checkout of the tournament so far when he took out 160 in the seventh leg.

Andy Hamilton joined Taylor in the third round in Blackpool with a tense 15-13 win over Adrian Lewis.

"I'm really pleased. I knew it was going to be tough because he's a quality player," said Hamilton afterwards.

"I knew one of us would have to slip up, and I'm glad it was him and not me."

Earlier, third seed Ronnie Baxter overcame Dennis Smith 10-4 in their first-round clash.

The humidity at the Winter Gardens made playing conditions tough and Smith had to leave the stage with heat exhaustion at one point.

Baxter said: "It is very hot up there and of course you are under pressure as well.

"But it's the same for everyone. You've got to prepare for this one now. The weather's great outside but in here it's like an oven."

Taylor was pleased with his performance but accepted Part was well below his best.

"I think I handled the heat better tonight," said Taylor. "I'm warm, very warm, but I actually like the summer. I'm not going to grumble because we don't get a lot of it.

"To be honest I don't think it would make much difference if we played here in the winter, with the crowd out there it's going to be hot whatever the weather is like outside.

"But I'm not going to knock this venue because this is my favourite place to play darts.

"To win here and to win so comfortably is a bonus. John didn't show what he can do - I don't know if it was the heat or jet-lag, I really don't know what is was."


Results: Stan James World Matchplay, Blackpool

1st round:

(3) Ronnie Baxter (Eng) 10-4 Dennis Smith (Eng)
(6) Andy Jenkins (Eng) 11-9 Alan Warriner-Little (Eng)
Mark Walsh (Eng) 10-8 Dave Askew (Eng)
James Wade (Eng) 10-1 (10) Denis Ovens (Eng)
Roland Scholten (Ned) 10-6 Andy Smith (Eng)

2nd round:

Andy Hamilton (Eng) 15-13 Adrian Lewis
(1) Phil Taylor (Eng) 13-2 John Part (Can)


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