Phil Taylor, James Wade through at European Championship

Taylor, Wade through at European Championship
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Phil Taylor and James Wade progress through to the second round of the European Championship with victories on Thursday night.

Phil Taylor has progressed through to the second round of the European Championship with a 6-3 victory over Vincent van der Voort.

The 16-time world champion eased into a 3-0 advantage before being pegged back by the Dutchman.

However, he reestablished control to secure a comfortable triumph, and he was joined in the next round by James Wade, who had little trouble in recording a 6-2 win over Mark Webster.

Defending champion Simon Whitlock overcame Kim Huybrechts 6-4 in a thrilling contest, while Raymond van Barneveld lost just a single leg on the way to beating Tomas Seyler.

Jamie Caven whitewashed Dave Chisnall, while there were also wins for Ronny Huybrechts, Colin Lloyd and Robert Thornton.

Michael van Gerwen
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