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The second European Tour event, which took place between Friday and Sunday in Berlin, saw plenty of highlights for MODUS before a brilliant Phil Taylor took victory in the German Darts Championship.

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James Hubbard produced the shock of the weekend when he triumphed 6-4 over back-to-back World Champion Adrian Lewis in the first round on Friday.

The PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion went on to beat Peter Wright in round two, before missing out on a quarter-final spot when he was beaten by Mervyn King.

“The win against Adrian was the biggest of my professional career,” said Hubbard, who only joined the Pro-Tour in January.

“I had an excellent tournament and gave myself an outside chance of qualifying for the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

“I was pleased with how I played, apart from against Mervyn, but he is a great player and he has really helped my game so I don’t begrudge him the win.”

A last eight spot signalled a return to form for King, who enjoyed victories over Peter Hudson, Wayne Jones and Hubbard, before losing out to eventual runner-up Dave Chisnall.

Simon Whitlock put together a brilliant run to semi-finals, before being denied the chance to take on Taylor, in a repeat of the McCoy’s Premier League final, by Chisnall.

‘The Wizard’ began his campaign by whitewashing Daniel Starkey 6-0, before defeating Brendan Dolan in round two.

He then posted a brilliant average of 106.83 in a 6-2 third round success over Kevin Painter, before victory over Kim Huybrechts saw him reach the last four.

Raymond van Barneveld beat Mareno Michels, Alan Tabern and Mark Webster before meeting Taylor in the quarter-finals.

‘Barney’ ran ‘The Power’ closer than anyone, forcing a deciding leg in their quarter-final clash.

But Taylor snatched victory and left Berlin as a deserved winner, after posting multiple hundred-plus averages on the way to landing the £15,000 title.

By Chris Murphy

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