FOLLOW Live Darts

Taylor Edges King In Thriller As White Enjoys Dream Debut

Phil Taylor breathes a huge sigh of relief after a first round scare (credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Phil Taylor held his nerve in a tense opening round battle with Mervyn King on Monday night, kick-starting his bid for a 13th World Matchplay title with a 10-8 defeat of the Norfolk ace, as fellow Stoke thrower Ian White stunned Vincent van der Voort.

Watch and bet on live World Matchplay Darts at Bet365 > Live streaming > Darts

Reigning champion Taylor prevailed from a tight struggle for much of the game, sharing the opening ten legs before establishing a 7-5 cushion, only for King to hit back and level at 8-8.

Heavy scoring King produced eight 180s in the game but crucially missed three darts to lead as Taylor edged 9-8 up with a 68 finish to break the throw.

The Power went on to seal victory with double top in the next and avoid the match going into overtime as he moves into the last 16.

"I was nervous tonight to be honest but I got the job done and I'm through," said Taylor. "Mervyn was probably the better player through the game - he hit loads of 180s but he missed some crucial doubles."

As well as bidding to win a record-equalling fifth World Matchplay title, Taylor is battling to keep hold of his status as world number one, with Adrian Lewis poised to take over at the top of the PDC Order of Merit should he lift the title this week.

"The pressure's building a bit," admits Taylor. "People keep reminding me that Adrian can be world number one, and if he does that I'll be the proudest person in the world and also the unhappiest, and I can't knock him for what he's doing," added the Stoke great.

Taylor will now play fellow Stoke thrower Ian White on Thursday, after the world number 47 Blackpool enjoyed a dream debut on the Winter Gardens stage with a 10-5 win over rapid Dutchman Vincent van der Voort.

White took command early on by winning four of the opening five legs and headed into the first break on the back of a superb 161 checkout.

The man known as 'Diamond' continued in that vain for the rest of the match and bettered that finish with a roof-raising 164 en route to securing a comfortable win against a clearly frustrated opponent.

"It's a brilliant victory for me," said White. "I've got to take each game at a time, and it will be nice to play Phil - and if I can take out those sort of finishes against him who knows what will happen."

The night's other winners were Andy Hamilton and Mark Webster, who will now clash in the last 16 on Thursday night.

Hamilton, a semi-finalist 12 months ago, battled past Brendan Dolan with a 10-7 triumph, while Webster overcame 2005 champion Colin Lloyd 10-6.

Despite dropping the opening leg, The Hammer took a stranglehold on the match and despite on a 29% doubles success rate, remained in front and grinded out the win.

Welshman Webster disposed of a plucky Colin Lloyd to round off the night; the former Lakeside champion was solid if not spectacular in sealing victory, but edged out Jaws after he had a 140 checkout with two doubles tops himself.

"That was a real battle against a player who's in some good form at the moment, but I think that I deserved the win in the end," said Webster. "I didn't think I played that well but all that mattered was getting through.

"I've not been playing brilliant darts recently and I'm a bit down on my confidence, but I tried not to get frustrated and I've got three days to prepare to play Andy, because that will be a tough match," added the left-hander.

The first round of the £400,000 tournament concludes on Tuesday night with the final four games, including number four seed Gary Anderson up against debutant Dean Winstanley.

World Youth Champion James Hubbard will celebrate his 20th birthday when he makes his first Winter Gardens appearance against Fleetwood's world number five Wes Newton, while local star Ronnie Baxter meets in-form Dave Chisnall and Justin Pipe plays Joe Cullen.

Betfair World Matchplay Results
First Round - Monday July 23
Andy Hamilton 10-7 Brendan Dolan 
Vincent van der Voort 5-10 Ian White
Phil Taylor 10-8 Mervyn King
Mark Webster 10-6 Colin Lloyd

Tuesday July 24
Justin Pipe v Joe Cullen
Wes Newton v James Hubbard
Gary Anderson v Dean Winstanley
Dave Chisnall v Ronnie Baxter

Recent World Matchplay Articles

  • The top five Vines from the 2014 World Matchplay darts

    After nine days of thrills and spills at the Winter Gardens, we pick out our top five Vines from a memorable 2014 World Matchplay....

  • Taylor with no sympathy for Van Gerwen after crushing World Matchplay win

    Phil Taylor insists he does not feel sorry for Michael van Gerwen after the Dutchman was left in a flood of tears following Taylor's 18-9 rout in the World Matchplay final on Sunday night....

  • Merciless Taylor rocks Blackpool to claim 15th World Matchplay title

    Phil Taylor secured an incredible fifteenth World Matchplay title as he extended his winning run in Blackpool to an amazing seven straight years with a sensational 18-9 win over Michael van Gerwen at the Winter Gardens on Sunday night....

  • Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor World Matchplay final preview - Formidable forces collide in dream climax

    The two hottest properties on planet darts face off in a dream final under the intense heat of the Winter Gardens stage on Sunday night, as Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor battle it out for the right to take the World Matchplay title....

  • Van Gerwen seeking to complete World Matchplay "mission" by destroying Taylor

    Michael van Gerwen says his key mission remains to capture a maiden World Matchplay title as he prepares to face rival Phil Taylor in a dream final on Sunday night.  ...

  • Taylor and Van Gerwen confirm dream World Matchplay final show-down

    Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen will contest a mouth-watering World Matchplay final on Sunday night, following thrilling Semi-Final victories over Gary Anderson and Simon Whitlock in Blackpool....

  • Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson World Matchplay Semi-Final preview - Titans set for Anglo-Scottish show-down

    Reigning champion Phil Taylor aims to progress to his 15th World Matchplay final by overcoming in-form Scotsman Gary Anderson in their epic Semi-Final clash on Saturday night....

  • Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock World Matchplay Semi-Final preview - Star duo vie for date with destiny

    World champion Michael van Gerwen and Australian ace Simon Whitlock look to enter uncharted territory at the World Matchplay as they face off on Saturday night for a coveted place in final....

  • Expectant Anderson eyes further improvement after Quarter-Final rout

    Gary Anderson admits he knows he "can do better" despite averaging 100 in a 16-8 thrashing of Adrian Lewis to reach the World Matchplay Semi-Finals on Friday night....

More Stories

Recent Articles

  • PDC World Darts Championship 2015 live scores and tournament schedule of play

    The greatest show on planet darts has touched down on the Alexandra Palace once again, and you can keep in touch with all the latest results and fixtures here....

  • Emotional Nicholson casts doubt over his darting future after first round exit at Ally Pally

    Paul Nicholson admits he has lost his identity and is “very confused” after he crashed out of the World Championship at the hands of Benito van de Pas at Alexandra Palace on Sunday....

  • World Darts Championship Day Four - Evening session preview and order of play

    A clutch of box office names begin their 2015 World Championship campaigns on Sunday night, with a further four tasty first round ties in the offering at Alexandra Palace....

  • World Darts Championship Day Four - Afternoon session preview and order of play

    Three former major champions and world finalists top the billing in the opening session of day four as the first round action continues at Alexandra Palace on Sunday afternoon....

  • Jenkins confirms moustache return after opening round win at the World Championship

    Terry Jenkins has revealed that his trademark moustache may be set for a permanent comeback after his opening round victory at the World Darts Championship on Saturday night....

  • Webster adds to Whitlock’s woes as Kyle Anderson thrashes Beaton

    Darren Webster produced a sensational display to dump out former finalist Simon Whitlock out of the World Championship at the first hurdle with a 3-1 victory, while Kyle Anderson defeated Steve Beaton and Gary Anderson stumbled past qualifier Scott Kirchner on Saturday night....

  • World Darts Championship - Day Three evening session preview and order of play

    Three former world finalists and two nine-dart heroes are among the stars in action in an unmissable Saturday night session at the Alexandra Palace, as the £1.25m event continues to gather momentum....

  • World Darts Championship Day Three betting promotions - The best offers on Saturday’s action from the Ally Pally

    Read this guide to the best free bet offers, enhanced odds and money back specials on Day Three of the 2015 World Darts Championship before you place any bets on Saturday....

  • Taylor sees off Artut in straight sets as Stein stuns Kellett

    Phil Taylor kick-started his World Championship title bid with a comfortable 3-0 victory over German ace Jyhan Artut in the first round on Friday night, as Sascha Stein became the second debutant to reach the last 32 after dumping out Stuart Kellett at Alexandra Palace....

More Stories

Claim your free bet

  • £200bonus
    1.
    Watch & bet on live darts at 365

    Find out why bet365 is the World's largest bookmaker with over 10 million customers. Superb in-play service and live watch and bet streaming of big sporting events including all darts streams. Plus, deposit £200 and have £400 to use whichever way you like, no tokens, just cash! Register to activate.

  • £10>20bonus
    2.
    Bet £10 Get £20 Free

    William Hill are the official sponsors of the 2015 World Championships and they're giving all darts fans £20 in free bets when they sign-up and deposit just £10.

    William Hill customers can also watch every throw from the World Championships live online via WHTV, the site's live streaming service.

  • £25bonus
    3.
    Live Streaming Darts - new

    Ladbrokes have just started a new live streaming sports service available to members for free - register using the code MAXCASH to access.

  • £5bonus
    4.
    Claim a free £5 no deposit bet

    BetVictor are the title sponsors of the second biggest event of the year - the World Matchplay. They are offering all darts fans a completely free £5 bet!

  • £250bonus
    5.
    £250 free bet

    Get £250 free when you bet £250 at Paddy Power.

  • £5bonus
    6.
    £5 free every week from Skybet!

    All new customers at Sky Bet will get a £5 free bet each week simply for betting with Skybet and their newly launched Skybet Free Bet Club. All you have to do is bet a fiver each week to get a free fiver! That's £260 free in just one year...nice one!

  • £25 bonus
    7.
    Risk-free £25 at Sportingbet

    Sportingbet offer exclusive outright markets on all non-televised PDC ProTour events. They have a generous welcome bonus which means that if your first bet loses, then you will get it refunded (up to £25). Use the promotional code MAXIMUMBONUS when you sign up.

  • £10>30bonus
    8.
    Bet £10 Get £30 Free

    Register an account with Betfair and bet £10 and you will receive £30 in free bets. That's a 300% bonus!

  • £25bonus
    9.
    Free £25 when you join Betfred

    Register with Betfred.com today for a free £25 matched bet. Also enjoy regular darts promotions from the Bonus King and superb darts betting markets.

  • £5>20bonus
    10.
    Bet £5 Get £20 Free

    Register an account with Coral and bet £5 on any darts match and you will receive £20 in free bets

  • £10bonus
    11.
    Free £10 bet using MAXIMUMBONUS

    Use promotion code MAXIMUMBONUS when you register with Stan James and claim a free £10 bet! Watch live darts online via your account!

  • £5 > £20bonus
    12.
    Bet £5 and get £20 free

    Place a first bet of just £5, and Winner will reward you with a £20 free bet to use on any sports market!

Bookmakers


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Taylor Edges King In Thriller As White Enjoys Dream Debut

Phil Taylor held his nerve in a tense opening round battle with Mervyn King on Monday night, kick-starting his bid for a 13th World Matchplay title with a 10-8 defeat of the Norfolk ace, as fellow Stoke thrower Ian White stunned Vincent van der Voort.

Read more »