NOT since Sir Don Bradman was dismissed for a duck in his final Test innings has a relentless sporting great bade such an underwhelming farewell.Phil Taylor, the 16-time champion of the world, was annihilated by a rookie in his last competitive match in the PDC final at Ally Pally.And that is the beauty of sport, it so rarely provides us with a neat ‘happily ever after’ finale.Bradman failing to score the four runs he needed for a career average of 100; Zinedine Zidane red-carded in disgrace for a head-butt in the World Cup final, Usain Bolt pulling up with a hammy twang going for his final gold.And now Taylor dismembered 7-2 by Rob Cross — a former electrician from Hastings — where accurate arrow-work has been dethroning kings since 1066.Taylor, at 57 and with five years having elapsed since he last ruled at Alexandra Palace, was never supposed to have reached this final.But once he was faced with Cross, who only gave up his job as a sparky 16 months ago, Taylor was a strong favourite to head out on a high. Yet the 27-year-old was responsible for the ultimate Power cut with a nerveless performance.Cross had won an epic… Read full this story
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