Steve West produced his best ever darting performance, on his debut at the Unibet World Grand Prix at the City West in Dublin when he beat the 16 times champion of the world Phil Taylor. West had been handed one of the toughest looking ties after Taylor won the Champions League of Darts only last weekend. The bookies had given West no chance, as the world number 52 is yet to show his true form on a PDC stage. West has been in great form of late on the PDC Pro Tour, last month in Barnsley getting to a final where he had darts to beat Michael van Gerwen and only at the weekend he made a semifinal.
Taylor started the better of the players has he won the first set, in double quick time. West came back after the break and grew into the match, and dragged Taylor into a scrap in the second set. West winning the set 3-2 to force the decider, as Taylor began to show his telltale signs of biting his flights. The final set was full of drama, as West broke the Taylor throw in the first leg then went on to hold throw, meaning Taylor would need all three of the remaining legs. Taylor heaped the pressure on West by holding his throw. West wouldn’t be denied his moment of glory, as he sent the great man packing in the opening round.
After West told Skysports “I’m gobsmacked, It’s the biggest moment in my whole darting life – there’s no words for it.
“I’m glad I battled through it and got through. Phil’s an absolute legend and no-one can express what he’s done for this game – it’s an honour to play him even, and to beat him is unreal.
“I believe in myself, I know what I can do and I’ve just got to carry it on. If I can, I’m going to go far.”
By Phill Barrs