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Power Cut in SkyBet World Grand Prix

As reported earlier Phil Taylor looked to Dublin to silence his doubters, but it looks like they will now have another lose to talk about as Adrian Gray knocks Taylor out of the competition 2-0.

From Unicorn Dart News:

?The Power? was cut by youngster Adrian Gray, who held his nerve and threw some terrific tungsten to take out Taylor by 2 sets to nil??For the Team Unicorn star, it is another devastating defeat, as his barren spell continues.

It is now five ?Major? TV knock-out tournaments without a victory for Taylor, who is still clearly struggling to find his top form?..and it?s only the third defeat that he has suffered in the 10 years of the World Grand Prix?..and all three defeats have been in the first round ? Kevin Painter in 2001, Andy Callaby in 2004 and now Adrian Gray in 2007.

There was no sign of the darting drama to come, when Taylor won the first two legs but Gray was playing well and the 26-year-old from Sussex was hitting his opening double 16 with monotonous regularity.

Gray won the next one – and his first 180 set up a 67 finish to take the first set into a deciding leg. Taylor missed the bull for a 126 on the bull and Gray coolly took out double 12?he had won three consecutive legs. That became five legs on the spin! Gray hit a 107 finish, then held his throw and Taylor was on the brink.

Unicorn?s 13-times World Champion hung on in there by taking the third leg of the second set, only to see Gray produce the leg of his life. He smacked in back-to-back 180s and despite the nerves and the shaking hand, he finally won it on double seven, with his fifth match dart.

Not surprisingly, the packed house at the City West Hotel went wild. Taylor was magnanimous in defeat, offering Gray his congratulations, before going back to his apartment at the hotel complex, to reflect on what had just happened.

Gray said: ?It is amazing?.the best win of my life. I just kept believing I could do it, even though my hand was shaking!?

For Taylor, he will think long and hard about the way he played?..but with just over two months to go to the World Championship, he needs to find a solution?and quick!

For the entire original article, please see Unicorn Darts.

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