Phil Taylor takes on Yorkshire’s best darts players in Harrogate

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Darts legend Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor entertained a packed Bilton Working Men’s Club for his exhibition night on Friday.

The 16-times world darts champion competed against 11 local players before hosting a question and answer session with the audience.

NADV 1304051AM4 Phil(The Power)Taylor.  Phil Taylor with members of Bilton WMC Lorraine Ives, Kath Atkinson, Ian Balderson, Lewis Pride,  Harrison Dunn, Phil (The Powder) Taylor,Seam Smith,Barry Nelson and Rick Harper who played him.  (1304051AM4)

NADV 1304051AM4 Phil(The Power)Taylor. Phil Taylor with members of Bilton WMC Lorraine Ives, Kath Atkinson, Ian Balderson, Lewis Pride, Harrison Dunn, Phil (The Powder) Taylor,Seam Smith,Barry Nelson and Rick Harper who played him. (1304051AM4)

Harrogate arrowman and plumber Ian Balsdon was the only player to beat the 2013 World Champion in three 501 legs.

The event’s organisers held an auction of signed memorabilia and raffled off the chance to play against ‘The Power’.

Taylor went through all the standard exhibition shots during his games, 180s, bullsey finishes and blind finishes through a piece of paper.

He even offered to ’Buy the Club’ for one of the lucky raffle winners if they hit double top. Suffice to say the attempt was nearer 19 than double top, so Taylor’s money was safe.

Local players included Phil ‘The Powder’ Taylor, Shaun Smith, Lewis Pride, Barry Nelson and Rick Harper, who were all put to the sword

Taylor said: “It’s lovely for me because it’s a genuine chance to meet and greet the people that support me and pay my wages.

“That’s what it’s all about.

“When you are on the TV it’s great and you are getting thousands of pounds but you don’t really get chance to meet anybody.

“The audience were smashing. They were down to earth and were proper working class people that have come out to see me.

“I love that.”

Towards the end of the evening, 55-year-old Taylor said he intends to reduce the number of exhibitions and personal appearances he makes.

But Sky Sports have offered him a package to stay with the PDC which will take him to 58 years of age. So as the youth of today get better and better, the old guard will remain firmly in place.