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Wright and Van den Bergh go head-to-head once again (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The Quarter-Finals get under way at the 2022 World Matchplay in Blackpool on Thursday with two mouth-watering encounters on the cards.

Eight men are now left standing in the race for the £200,000 top prize and the Phil Taylor Trophy, three of whom having previously claimed Matchplay glory.

The Quarter-Final matches are split across the next two nights at the Winter Gardens, with Thursday evening playing host to the two ties from the top half of the draw.

The first of which features a repeat of last year’s final between world number one Peter Wright and Belgian sensation Dimitri van den Bergh.

Wright is vying to join an elite group of only three players to have successfully retained this prestigious title, having claimed glory for the first time 12 months ago.

The colourful Scot averaged 106 in a dominant 18-9 victory over Van den Bergh – who averaged 100.8 in a memorable final.

Wright went on to secure his second world title at Ally Pally in January, but his only success so far this season came at Players Championship Two back in February.

The 52-year-old has seemingly recaptured his best form at the Winter Gardens, brushing aside debutant Madars Razma 10-4 before edging out Krzysztof Ratajski 13-11 in a tie break thriller with an average of 103.5.

Wright is now making his seventh Quarter-Final appearance in his last eight World Matchplay campaigns, but faces a young gun with revenge in sights.

Van den Bergh, who resided and practiced with Wright during lockdown, has continued his love affair with this competition and has now won 11 of his 12 matches in total.

The 2020 champion behind closed doors in Milton Keynes, Van den Bergh narrowly fell short of retaining the title last year and has hit the ground running on his return, thrashing Callan Rydz 10-2 and overcoming Rowby-John Rodriguez 11-6.

The back-to-back World Series event winner is bidding to avert a drop down the rankings come the end of the week and would go some way towards defending his title winning prize money from two years ago if he can gain revenge on Snakebite here.

The second match of the night sees reigning Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen take on former Premier League finalist Nathan Aspinall.

The pair face off at this stage of the competition for the second year running, with Van Gerwen having prevailed a comfortable 16-9 winner last time out.

Back-to-back champion in 2015 and 2016, Van Gerwen is out to become the outright second most successful player in the history of the World Matchplay, behind Phil Taylor.

Van Gerwen came into this event as the number four seed, having undergone surgery on his throwing arm which forced him to miss the World Cup of Darts and four subsequent Players Championship events.

An average of 89.6 was enough for him to battle past 2013 finalist Adrian Lewis in Round One, before thrashing Joe Cullen 11-5 with a 97 average in a repeat of last month’s Premier League final.

Aspinall, meanwhile, dumped out form horse Luke Humphries with a commanding 10-5 victory to send out a defiant message to those who wrote off his chances, and backed up that result with an 11-9 defeat of 2007 champion James Wade.

Despite the injury woes which threatened to derail his career, ‘The Asp’ has dug deep to return to form in recent months, picking up a ProTour title and reaching a further two finals.

He is now aiming to break new ground in Blackpool and reach his first major ranking Semi-Final since last October’s European Championship – where he was again denied by MVG.

The action gets under way from 8pm BST, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 31 legs.

All matches must be won by two clear legs, with a match being extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a sudden death leg is required.

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Betfred World Matchplay 2022 Day Six Schedule

Thursday July 21

Quarter-Finals

8.15pm Peter Wright v Dimitri van den Bergh
9.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Aspinall

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