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Rob Cross Wins PDC World Championship Final Against Phil Taylor

Rob Cross Wins PDC World Championship Final Against Phil Taylor

Just 12 months after throwing his first professional dart as a Riley's amateur qualifier, Rob Cross has defeated 16-time world champion Phil 'The Power' Taylor in the World Championships final.

Cross, who defeated Michael Van Gerwen in a historic semi-final, threw relentless darts throughout and the Pembury-born player eventually overpowered Taylor in a memorable final at the Alexandra Palace.

It really was a remarkable game of darts from the 27-year-old. Take a bow.

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Taylor, on the other hand, struggled against Cross in his final game on the big stage.

The 16-time world champion has dominated the darting circuit in years gone by, but after winning six PDC Player of the Year awards, Taylor confirmed at the start of January that he will would at the end of 2017.

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Taylor announced the news during the Darts Masters. He previously hinted about his retirement after the defeat to Raymond van Barneveld at the World Championships over the New Year period, but he has now confirmed the news in an interview with ITV.

"It is the last year for me. At the end of the year, that's me done. The World Championship will be my last ever tournament. No more."

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During another entertaining match against old rival James Wade, 'The Power' became first player the first player in darting history to hit two nine-dart finishes in one game.

In the process, Taylor won the £125,000 Whyte and Mackay Premier League Darts title in a 10-8 thriller.

In typical Taylor fashion, he looked calmer than ever as he stepped up to complete his second, and most impressive, nine darter. "I've won every title in the PDC and I don't think I can ever do better than this" Taylor said after the match.

"It's the proudest day of my life. Everything I've done for the last 30 years has all come together. It's been my dream to do this."

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What a moment.

The greatest of all time. Thank you for all the memories, Phil, you really are a credit to the sport.

Huge credit goes to Rob Cross, as well.

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What a performance.

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.