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Betfred World Matchplay 2022 | Day Three Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in World Matchplay 18 Jul 2022
Price and Schindler go head-to-head (Photo by Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

The First Round action draws to a close at the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay on Monday with three former major champions beginning their campaigns in Blackpool.

Three seeded players have been sent packing across a dramatic opening two days at the Winter Gardens, now a further quartet of big names look to avoid suffering a similar fate.

Rob Cross famously claimed Matchplay glory in 2019 and kicks off the night’s action with a tasty tie against two-time major semi-finalist Chris Dobey.

Cross, the reigning European Champion, missed out on the Premier League and the subsequent World Series events and heads to Blackpool with a point to prove as he looks to kick-start his season.

The world number ten, who has suffered defeat in three European Tour finals this year, defeated Dobey 10-3 in the opening round en route to taking the title here three years ago.

World number 31 Dobey is making his third World Matchplay appearance and is in pursuit of a first win on this iconic stage.

The 32-year-old has one ProTour Semi-Final to his name this season and will be determined to come good again in front of the TV cameras.

Gerwyn Price is also bidding to shake off a below-par record in this competition, and the world number two starts out against German debutant Martin Schindler.

Price has suffered First Round exits in four of his last five World Matchplay appearances and has never been beyond the Quarter-Final stage.

The reigning Grand Slam champion has picked up a European Tour title and a ProTour title this term and was runner-up alongside Jonny Clayton for Wales in the World Cup of Darts.

Price whitewashed Schindler 4-0 with an incredible 117.8 average during the recent World Cup and boasts a dominant head-to-head record over ‘The Wall’.

Schindler qualified as the fourth highest ranked player on the ProTour Order of Merit, having reached a Players Championship final in March alongside a number of other strong runs.

The 25-year-old is widely regarded as Germany’s top tungsten talent at present and will be out to send shockwaves through the Winter Gardens by pulling off a dream debut scalp.

Meanwhile, Schindler’s fellow countryman Gabriel Clemens begins his third consecutive Matchplay campaign with a clash against seventh seed Jose de Sousa.

Former ProTour finalist Clemens’ only previous outing on this stage resulted in a 10-2 demolition at the hands of De Sousa 12 months ago, and the ‘German Giant’ will be keen to exact his revenge.

Enigmatic Portuguese thrower De Sousa is also making his third appearance at the Matchplay, having lost out in a tie break to Michael Smith in Round Two last year.

The former Premier League finalist, however, has struggled for both form and consistency this year and is yet to make a final on both floor and stage.

The final match of the evening sees multiple major finalist Dave Chisnall take on Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts.

Chisnall, the number 15 seed, is an ever-present at the World Matchplay since 2011 and has five Quarter-Final appearances to his name.

Runner-up at The Masters in January, ‘Chizzy’ remains in pursuit of an elusive maiden major title and is out to build on a promising head-to-head record over Huybrechts.

Their most notable encounter to date came in the Semi-Finals of the 2014 Grand Slam – when Chisnall prevailed 16-15 in an epic battle.

Huybrechts is returning to the Winter Gardens stage for the first time since 2018 and is eyeing only a second win in eight appearances.

Players Championship Finals runner-up a decade ago, ‘The Hurricane’ has enjoyed an impressive recent resurgence and is now within touching distance of a return to the world’s top 32.

The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of 19 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.

For example, in a first to ten First Round match, if the score reaches 12-12 then the 25th leg will be the sudden death decider.

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Betfred World Matchplay 2022 Day Three Schedule

Monday July 18

First Round

7.15pm Rob Cross v Chris Dobey
8.15pm Jose de Sousa v Gabriel Clemens
9.15pm Gerwyn Price v Martin Schindler
10.15pm Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts

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