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Watch: Rob Cross Beats Phil Taylor To Create A "Leicester City" Darts Story

Watch: Rob Cross Beats Phil Taylor To Create A "Leicester City" Darts Story

Well, it was certainly not the fairytale ending many had envisaged for Phil 'The Power' Taylor.

Going for his 17th World title on the night he played his final game of professional darts, it was Rob Cross, a player 30 years Taylor's junior, who stole the show in the 'Ally Pally'.

Leading from the off, the nervelessness of a man playing in his World Championship was astonishing. He wasn't just beating Taylor, he was hammering him.

In what had started as an understandably emotional night for Taylor, his final walk on had geared the crowd up for a night that many hoped would be an incredibly tight decider.

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Yet, keen perhaps to start a chapter of darts history himself, Cross was in no mood for satisfying those who wanted to see Taylor depart on a high.

Wrapping up a 7-2 win in relatively quick time, one legend may well be departing just as another emerges. It has been quite a year for Cross.

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If this truly is to be the end for Taylor, it's quite likely that Cross could be the only darts play to hold a winning record against the 16-time World Champion - however marginal.

In a moment of such great pride for the 27-year old, he couldn't accept the trophy without letting Taylor have at least one more go of lifting it however.

Needless to say, there was a lot of admiration for both players, looking at tonight and past glories respectively.

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