Result: Phil Taylor eases through in Minehead

Phil Taylor of Britain reacts as he takes part in the PDC World Championship darts final against Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands on January 1, 2013
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Phil Taylor eases into the second round of the Players Championship Finals with a 6-2 win over Paul Nicholson.

Phil Taylor has begun his attempt to retain his Players Championship Finals crown with a 6-2 victory over Paul Nicholson.

The 16-time world champion was never in trouble after moving 3-0 ahead, and he wrapped up the win after a string of missed doubles from his opponent.

Adrian Lewis shared the opening six legs with Kevin Painter before recording a 6-3 success, while Michael van Gerwen made light work of Jamie Lewis.

However, there were surprise defeats for Dave Chisnall and Simon Whitlock, who both lost out 6-4 to Jelle Klaasen and Justin Pipe respectively.

Raymond van Barneveld edged a last-leg decider against Mervyn King, Andy Hamilton came from 5-1 down to record a remarkable 6-5 triumph over John Part and Robert Thornton achieved a comfortable 6-3 win over Richie Burnett.

Phil Taylor of Britain reacts as he takes part in the PDC World Championship darts final against Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands on January 1, 2013
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