Darts stars give a masterclass in Sunderland

STAR QUALITY: Top darts players kept the crowds entertained at the Benfield Nissan Darts Masters.
STAR QUALITY: Top darts players kept the crowds entertained at the Benfield Nissan Darts Masters.
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KING of the oche Phil “the Power” Taylor and other darts stars were on Wearside to give fans a masterclass.

The 16-times World Champion was on show at The Benfield Nissan Darts Masters, at a packed Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex.

on target: Phil 'the Power' Taylor at The Benfield Nissan Darts Masters.

on target: Phil 'the Power' Taylor at The Benfield Nissan Darts Masters.

Taylor is not only the greatest player ever to pick up dart, but is also the UK’s most successful sportsman of all time in terms of major title triumphs.

He was joined by former world champion Mark Webster, Australia’s top player Simon Whitlock and former world youth champion James Hubbard.

The players battled it out in an exhibition match, as top class darts headed back to Sunderland for the event’s fourth staging, though for Taylor it was his first appearance.

“I’m really excited about this event,” said Taylor, from Stoke, who is currently a star of the ongoing Premier League of Darts which is shown on Sky Sports.

I have played in the area before and I know that there are a lot of darts fans and some very good players here.

Phil “The Power” Taylor

“I have played in the area before and I know that there are a lot of darts fans and some very good players here.

“As with everything I play in, though, I was there to win.”

Colin Pybus, operations director for Benfield Nissan, said: “As headline sponsors of the event Benfield are delighted to welcome Phil “the Power” Taylor and the exciting line-up of top-ranking darts players to Sunderland.

“The evening was a fantastic night of darts and entertainment and we are delighted to be associated with this high profile event hosted by Nissan.”

TOP-FLIGHT: Fans lapped up the action from top darts players like Phil 'The Power' Taylor and Simon Whitlock.

TOP-FLIGHT: Fans lapped up the action from top darts players like Phil 'The Power' Taylor and Simon Whitlock.

TOP NOTCH: Fans roar on their darts heroes in Sunderland.

TOP NOTCH: Fans roar on their darts heroes in Sunderland.

STAR QUALITY: Simon Whitlock at the Benfield Nissan Darts Masters.

STAR QUALITY: Simon Whitlock at the Benfield Nissan Darts Masters.