Retiring legend Phil Taylor comes agonisingly close to historic nine-darter in World Dart Champs final

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It's lights out for The Power.

There was no fairytale ending to the incredible darts career of Phil Taylor, with the game's most successful player losing the world championship final in his last-ever match.

Taylor, a 16-time world champion nicknamed "The Power," was thrashed 7-2 by former electrician Rob Cross, who was playing his first world final in his first year as a professional.

The 57-year-old Taylor won his world titles between 1990 — the year Cross was born — and 2013, including eight straight from 1995.

Cross and Taylor lifted the trophy together as the crowd at Alexandra Palace chanted Taylor's name.

Cross averaged more than 107 in the final.

"He was like me 25 years ago," Taylor said.

"It was like I was at the end of my career and he's at the beginning. It was an old man against a young man. It was mismatch really ... I didn't have the energy to beat him."

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