The 25-year-old broke his leg in three places in Italy at the end of November and was told to forget about making his Frimley Green debut - but still managed to toe the oche
on Sunday night.
Defending champion Hanvidge, of Burgh Bar, was next to toe the oche
against another former champion, Mick Malone, of Hagg Bar A, and the game lived up to expectations as it swung one way then the other.
Ilagan v Jamie Lewis has been marked down for big things since he was old enough to toe the oche
but the 21-year-old from Cardigan needs to be able to overcome his nerves to see off seasoned veteran Lourence Ilagan in their seven-leg preliminary-round duel.
Add to that his role in the spat with Lewis, whom Taylor treats almost like a son, and it is obvious there will be no love lost when he and 'The Power' toe the oche
Remarkably, he's managed to recover in time to toe the oche
SOME of the world's top darts players will toe the oche
in the inaugural North Wales Masters, including three stars of the 2013 PDC Premier League.
WORLDG RANDP RIX Sky Sports4,7 pm Thornton v King If current form is your Bible, then Robert Thornton has got to be the best 4-5 shot ever to toe the oche
The 11th seed is up against Belgium's Geert de Vos and will toe the oche
a 4-9 shot.
The former publican will toe the oche
at another Players Championship double header in adopted hometown Derby this weekend
MARTIN ADAMS and Scott Waites are 4-1 joint-favourites as they prepare to toe the oche
at the Winmau World Masters, which starts in Hull today.
Finally, 138 players get to toe the oche
and the draw is a free one, yet the bookies are still only offering each-way terms for the finalists rather than the top four.
PHIL TAYLOR is poised to toe the oche
at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship as the hottest favourite for six years after yesterday's draw did him a massive favour.