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Darts: I'm feeling pumped-up to defend my unbeaten run; PREMIER LEAGUE FINALS NIGHT Phil Taylor is not ruling out the possibility of facing Terry Jenkins.

Byline: Phil Taylor

EVERYONE'S expecting me and Raymond to meet in the Holsten Premier League final but you punters could be in for a surprise.

Obviously I don't expect to lose my semi-final against Dennis Priestley, but Terry Jenkins will give Barney a run for his money, I'm sure of that.

Raymond's a clear favourite but he's played Terry twice in Premier League so far and only narrowly beat him in one after drawing the first game.

Terry's probably surprised himself getting this far but having done so he can now relax and play his best darts.

He's a big scorer but he must hit his doubles and if he does it will put Barney under real pressure.

Dennis will be his usual steady self against me. There are no secrets.

He'll look to grind away and stay around the treble-20 bed and I know that if I give him chances he'll take them out.

He's not known as the Menace for nothing But I'm in good form having just come back from the States where I won the US Open.

It was a really tough format and I had to beat some good players over short distances.

I got through day one and then beat Kevin Painter, Mervyn King, John Part and Barney in the final. I averaged 107 against Mervyn and 103 against Raymond so I'm delighted with my form.

I just want to keep winning tournaments and getting better.

My unbeaten record in the Premier League is very special to me and I would love to keep that going in Brighton.

There were eight good players who started out.

Adrian Lewis talked himself up but fell short and now it's down to me, Raymond, Terry and Dennis.

I think everybody wants me to play Raymond in the final. I just want to get there - I don't care who I play, so long as I walk away with the title.


Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld could be involved in an epic final
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 28, 2007
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