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Robert Thornton produced a string of strong showings to reach his first Grand Slam of Darts final but was denied a second PDC major by world number one Phil Taylor on Sunday evening.

Former UK Open winner Thornton continued the good form that saw him win a Players Championship event in Killarney at the end of October, winning five matches over nine days in Wolverhampton before succumbing to ‘The Power’ in the decider.

‘The Thorn’ kicked off with a 5-0 whitewash over Mark Walsh and went on to top his group by adding a further win against Justin Pipe before a narrow defeat at the hands of Andy Hamilton.

The world number eleven then triumphed against Mervyn King before seeing off Tony O’Shea to reach the semi-finals.

There, he claimed an impressive 16-9 success against reigning BDO World Champion Scott Waites to set up a final date with Taylor.

But the 16-time World Champion was in typically arduous form as he took a fifth Grand Slam title with a 16-6 win.

Full match reports of all Thornton’s Grand Slam of Darts matches are available to read at his official website.

Round-ups of each stage are available to lead via the homepage of this site.

By Chris Murphy

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