Darting icons Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen will go head-to-head in the final of the 2022 World Matchplay in…
Darting icons Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen will go head-to-head in the final of the 2022 World Matchplay in Blackpool on Sunday.
Two powerhouses of the modern game face off in a box office battle for the right to lift the Phil Taylor Trophy and scoop a record £200,000 top prize at the Winter Gardens.
Both have battled through adversity in recent months with injury setbacks to return to darts’ top table, and are now set for a pulsating climax to a memorable week by the seaside.
Van Gerwen is bidding to become the outright second most successful player in the history of the World Matchplay, behind Taylor, and back up last month’s Premier League triumph with a second major title of the season.
The Dutch star 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 and going on to deny Nathan Aspinall 16-14 in an epic Quarter-Final.
He then produced a timely late surge of four consecutive legs to close out a 17-14 win over Dimitri van den Bergh in Saturday’s Semi-Finals.
Van Gerwen is making his fourth appearance in a World Matchplay final, having won back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016, and has won both of his previous major ranking finals (2019 Players Championship Finals and 2020 UK Open) against Price.
Price, making his eighth World Matchplay appearance, had previously never been beyond the Quarter-Final stage of this competition but has reversed his Blackpool jinx in style this week.
His ground-breaking run, combined with Peter Wright’s Quarter-Final exit, has already seen him reclaim the world number one spot, and the Welshman now looks to add this trophy to his haul of seven televised titles.
Price opened up with a 10-8 victory over German debutant Martin Schindler before defeating Dave Chisnall 11-8 and withstanding a Jose de Sousa rally to seal a 16-14 triumph with a tournament-high average of 104.64.
He then produced a moment of magic with a nine-dart finish, his fourth on TV this year, en route to defeating Danny Noppert 17-11 in the Semi-Finals.
Price heads in to the final as the marginal 4/5 favourite with Betfred, having won four of his last five major ranking finals, but has lost 25 of his 24 previous meetings with MVG.
The final gets under way from 9pm BST and will be contested over the best of 35 legs. The match must be won by two clear legs and will be extended if necessary for a maximum of six extra legs before a sudden death leg is required.
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