Update 8.36pm: Underdog Rob Cross has taken the opening set after breaking retiring darts legend Phil Taylor’s throw, writes Denise O’Donoghue.
He is currently in the lead in the William Hill World Darts Championship.
Update 8.23pm: Watch Phil Taylor’s electrifying entrance ahead of final darts match
Darts legend Phil Taylor has embarked upon his final walk-on at Alexandra Palace, writes Denise O’Donoghue.
Taylor stopped for selfies and autographs with fans along his route as ‘I’ve Got The Power’ echoed around the arena and lights flashed dramatically.
Moments earlier, the crowd chanted that there was “only one Phil Taylor.
Earlier 7.29pm: Darts legend Phil Taylor wins pre-match bull-up
Phil Taylor has the chance to end his illustrious career in perfect style when he faces Rob Cross in the final of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace tonight.
The 16-time champion won the pre-match bull-up and he has given the throw to Cross.
Taylor ensured he would make his swansong in the New Year’s Day showpiece with a 6-1 semi-final win over provisional-round qualifier Jamie Lewis on Saturday.
The 57-year-old from Stoke, who has won this title 14 times and the BDO version twice, will retire after the tournament.
In stark contrast to veteran Taylor, Cross is contesting his first world final after beating defending champion Michael van Gerwen 6-5 in a remarkable semi-final.
Cross, in his first season as a professional, took advantage of uncharacteristically poor finishing from the Dutchman and held his nerve in sudden death.
Phil Taylor’s final match begins at 8pm with the first to seven sets crowned the champion. Follow updates here.
– Digital Desk