The World Matchplay returns to Blackpool for nine days of terrific tungsten this July, and you can follow all the…
Gary Anderson is the defending champion (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
The World Matchplay returns to Blackpool for nine days of terrific tungsten this July, and you can follow all the latest results and fixtures here.
The 26th staging of the sport’s summer show-piece sees 32 of the world’s top stars battling it out for a record £700,000 prize fund at the historic Winter Gardens.
The world’s top 16 ranked players are joined by the next 16 highest ranked players from the ProTour Order of Merit in the second most prestigious major of the season.
Gary Anderson became only the eighth different player to have lifted the trophy after he defeated Mensur Suljovic 21-19 in an epic final 12 months ago and the defending champion returns to Blackpool as the number four seed.
World number one and World Champion Michael van Gerwen is hoping to claim the crown for a third time, while James Wade is the only other former champion in the field, having triumphed back in 2007.
Peter Wright, the 2017 runner-up, is vying for a fourth consecutive PDC title, while world number two Rob Cross, Players Champion Daryl Gurney and Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price also have their sights set on glory.
This year’s World Matchplay features seven debutants, including three-time Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant, Jamie Hughes and Chris Dobey.
The tournament runs from July 20-28. First Round matches are to be contested over the best of 19 legs, Second Round best of 25, Quarter-Finals best of 31, Semi-Finals best of 33 and the final best of 35 legs.
Matches will proceed for a maximum of five additional legs before a tie-break leg is required. For example, in a best of 19 legs first round match, if the score reaches 12–12 then the 25th leg will be the decider.
Betfred World Matchplay 2019 Schedule of Play
Saturday July 20
Nathan Aspinall 5-10 Mervyn King
Gerwyn Price 12-13 Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson 10-6 Danny Noppert
Rob Cross 10-3 Chris Dobey
Sunday July 21
Darren Webster 5-10 Krzysztof Ratajski
Dave Chisnall 9-11 Max Hopp
Ian White 10-0 Joe Cullen
Michael Smith 10-7 Jamie Hughes
James Wade 13-12 Jeffrey De Zwaan
Mensur Suljovic 10-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Steve Beaton
Adrian Lewis 4-10 Glen Durrant
Monday July 22
Jonny Clayton 8-10 Keegan Brown
Simon Whitlock 10-8 John Henderson
Daryl Gurney 10-7 Ricky Evans
Peter Wright 10-5 Vincent van der Voort
Tuesday July 23
Michael Smith 12-10 Max Hopp
James Wade 13-11 Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson 8-11 Mervyn King
Michael van Gerwen 11-13 Glen Durrant
Wednesday July 24
Daryl Gurney 11-9 Keegan Brown
Stephen Bunting 14-12 Ian White
Rob Cross 11-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
Peter Wright 11-2 Simon Whitlock
Thursday July 25
Michael Smith 16-11 Mervyn King
James Wade 7-16 Glen Durrant
Friday July 26
Rob Cross 16-14 Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright 13-16 Daryl Gurney
Saturday July 27
Rob Cross 17-15 Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith 17-10 Glen Durrant
Sunday July 28
Rob Cross 18-13 Michael Smith
Semi-Final losers: £50,000
Quarter-Final losers: £25,000
Second Round losers: £15,000
First Round losers: £10,000