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Power Out in Las Vegas Desert Classic

(Article Unicorn Dart News. Photo Sky Sports)

Phil Taylor is out of the Las Vegas Desert Classic.

The favourite and four-times Vegas Champion was sensationally toppled 6-5 by Mark Dudbridge in the 1st Round at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.the first time he has been beaten in the 1st Round of a TV ?Major? since he lost to Andy Callaby at the World Grand Prix in Dublin three years ago.

He was well below-par ? averaging just 91.69 and missed countless doubles. It was a bad day at the office for Unicorn?s 13-times World Champion ? but take nothing away from Dudbridge, who hung on in there and punished Taylor?s mistakes.

It didn?t start well for Taylor, who missed three darts at double 12 in the first leg and Dudbridge took out 95. In fact, the first four legs went against the throw?the next six were won on the throw and we went into a nail-biting decider.

When Taylor started the 11th leg with 180, he looked on course for a scrappy victory but he just wasn?t firing at all. Taylor was first to the double but missed a shot at double 16 for the match to open the door to ?Flash?. Dudbridge kept his cool.and nailed double 18 to send ?The Power? packing in what was a huge upset.

Taylor struggled throughout and will be angry at one of the worst TV performances of his career but Dudbridge took his chances and Taylor didn?t?..it was as simple as that.

It was an honest Taylor afterwards. He said: ?I wasn?t good enough and didn?t deserve to win. I will put this behind me and start preparing for the World Matchplay in Blackpool ? simple as that.?

In another shock, World No.3 Colin Lloyd lost a thrilling all-Unicorn clash against Wes Newton. It is the second consecutive year that Lloyd has fallen at the first hurdle in Vegas but Newton, who averaged 100, loves this event and played brilliantly.

The Lancashire Lad has reached the semi-finals in Vegas for the last two years and he was simply too good. Newton won the first leg with a 120 finish, then produced an 11-darter for a 3-1 lead. That soon became 4-1 but Lloyd wouldn?t go down without a fight. He got back to 3-5. Newton though, wasn?t to be denied and a double top finish broke Lloyd?s resistence.

Defending Champion John Part avoided being another casualty on a night of shocks in Vegas. He was forced to dig deep before finally overcoming Steve Maish 6-4. The Essex qualifier pushed the Canadian all the way but Part?s experience told in the end. From 5-4, Part bullied Maish in the 10th leg and a clinical 64 finish won the day. Maish had come up with terrific 128 and 100 finishes to stay in the contest but class told in the end.

Read the entire article at Unicorns News Page.

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