Darts champ takes on Fylde amateurs

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THERE may not have been a trophy up for grabs this time – but Phil Taylor never takes it easy on the oche.

“The Power” delighted crowds in Blackpool once more as he took on an amateur team from St Annes.

Phil 'The Power' Taylor takes on local darts team the Chequers. L-R Kenneth Dixon, Lee Humphries, John Humphries, Kevin McKenna and Lionel Norton. BELOW: Phil signs an autograph for a fan.

Phil 'The Power' Taylor takes on local darts team the Chequers. L-R Kenneth Dixon, Lee Humphries, John Humphries, Kevin McKenna and Lionel Norton. BELOW: Phil signs an autograph for a fan.

The Chequers team played against the world’s greatest darts player just a day after he had lifted the World Matchplay trophy at the Winter Gardens.

Not even a week of playing the world’s best was enough to knock Taylor off his game though as he beat each of the five players in the Fylde team.

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the amateurs, who had hoped to pick up a few tips from Taylor.

Before the game, John Humphreys, Chequers team captain, said: “It’s awesome. Just to play him is something to say, I’ll be happy if I just hit the board.

Phil 'The Power' Taylor making a guest appearance at JJB Sports, Church St, Blackool.

Phil 'The Power' Taylor making a guest appearance at JJB Sports, Church St, Blackool.

“I doubt we’ll give him a run for his money, only if he gives us plenty of good tips.”

The Chequers darts team hoped the game would give them the edge in the Lytham St Annes Private Clubs Darts League, to pull them up the ranks.

A competitor to the last, Taylor said he was keeping his tips to himself.

He said: “Will I offer them tips? No. I hope they play rotten. They’ll probably give me a run for my money though.”

The 15-time world champion said he was tired after the championship but retained plenty of enthusiasm for the seaside town which has hosted him for the last week.

He added: “The crowds are fantastic, it’s been a great week. I love Blackpool.”

An audience of more than 80 people watched the match at JJB Sports on Church Street, before having souvenirs and shirts signed and getting a chance to hold the trophy.

Despite the loss Mr Humphreys, 56, remained in high spirits and maintained that he had given the champion a good game.

He continued: “I nearly beat him. It was a fantastic experience.”