Michael van Gerwen denies Gerwyn Price to secure hat-trick of World Matchplay titles

Michael van Gerwen produced a supreme late surge to deny Gerwyn Price 18-14 in the final and claim a third World Matchplay title in Blackpool.

Van Gerwen recovered from a sluggish start to record a breath-taking victory over the Welshman, reeling off the last five legs without reply to scoop a record £200,000 top prize and the coveted Phil Taylor Trophy.

The Dutchman produced a timely late burst to defeat 2020 champion Dimitri Van den Bergh in the Semi-Finals and repeated the feat against Price to secure his first triumph at the Winter Gardens since 2016.

The world number three averaged 101 and landed a staggering 15 maximums and five ton-plus checkouts on his way to sealing glory.

“To put my hands on this trophy again means the world to me,” reflected an emotional Van Gerwen.

“I’ve come through a very difficult patch in my career. To come back and beat a player of Gerwyn’s quality means a lot to me. I am really proud.

“There was drama in the final, phenomenal darts, big scoring, great finishing. You cannot imagine how happy I am.

“The good times are coming again, I feel it. It’s the first time I’ve played a final against Gerwyn on Sky Sports, and to win feels incredible.

“I hope we can have a lot more battles like this. I think before this tournament a final would have been a dream for me, because I’ve been going through a tough period.”

Price was bidding to become the first Welshman to win the World Matchplay, and for large periods he appeared poised to make history.

The new world number one was in dreamland in the early exchanges, punishing a profligate start from Van Gerwen to race into a 4-0 lead, before the Dutchman came agonisingly close to opening his account with a sensational nine-darter in leg five.

Van Gerwen missed double 12 for his second perfect leg at the Winter Gardens, but a ten-darter provided the catalyst for a stunning three-leg burst, which saw him follow up a 13-darter with a spectacular 160 checkout to reduce the arrears to 4-3.

The world number three was firing in maximums with alarming regularity, but his outer ring woes resurfaced in leg eight, with six more misses at double – taking his tally to 17 – enabling Price to regain control at 6-4.

The third session was littered with quality, as Price established a four-leg buffer with legs of 11, 12 and 14 darts, but a brilliant 82 finish on the bull from Van Gerwen, coupled with a tenth 180 and a 12-dart break in leg 15, saw him cut the deficit to 9-6.

Van Gerwen maintained his relentless assault on the treble 20, firing in back-to-back 180s and taking out 97 in two darts for an 11-dart hold, before pinning an effortless 140 combination to stay two legs adrift.

Price, who finished superbly in the opening exchanges, was beginning to display fallibility in the doubling department and Van Gerwen capitalised by winning three of the next four legs to level at 12-12.

The tension was tangible in the Winter Gardens, but following four straight holds, Van Gerwen struck the decisive blow in leg 29, producing a magnificent 130 finish to secure the lead for the first time.

The 33-year-old cemented his advantage with a comfortable hold, before moving to within a leg of glory with a nerveless 114 outshot – his fourth ton-plus finish of the contest.

The Welshman replied with a ninth 180 as he looked to preserve his hopes, but an inspired Van Gerwen wasn’t to be denied, wrapping up a landmark victory with a brilliant 121 checkout on the bullseye.

Price pocketed £100,000 as runner-up following a superb campaign, which included a 104 average against Jose De Sousa, and a nine-darter in his Semi-Final success against Danny Noppert.

The 37-year-old was unable to cap off a brilliant week with his eighth PDC televised triumph, but he does reclaim the world number one spot following Peter Wright’s quarter-final exit.

“I was fortunate to be 9-6 up. Michael is a fantastic player and once he gets on a roll like that, it’s hard to contain him,” admitted the 2021 World Champion.

“I didn’t have a purple patch which I needed in this game, and I think Michael had it all game!

“Michael was fantastic. He’s a deserving winner. He is a great player and a great friend.

“I’m definitely proud of myself, especially with the way I’ve been playing in the last couple of months. It just didn’t happen for me today.”

World Matchplay 2022 Final Result

Sunday July 25

Michael van Gerwen 18-14 Gerwyn Price

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Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen live stream | World Matchplay final preview

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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Gerwyn Price lands sensational nine-darter in setting up World Matchplay final clash with Michael van Gerwen

Gerwyn Price produced a magnificent nine-darter on his way to setting up a show-down with Michael van Gerwen in the final of the 2022 World Matchplay in Blackpool.

The new world number one recorded his fourth nine-dart finish of the year en route to defeating Danny Noppert 17-11 at the Winter Gardens on Saturday, while Van Gerwen produced a late surge to deny Dimitri Van den Bergh 17-14.

Price stole the show on a scintillating night of Semi-Final action, registering the first nine-darter in the World Matchplay since Gary Anderson in 2018.

UK Open champion Noppert landed three ton-plus checkouts to threaten a late fightback, but the new world number one completed a convincing victory to seal his spot in a first World Matchplay final.

Price seized the early initiative by hitting 180s in consecutive legs to lead 3-2, before registering an 11-dart hold and converting a 107 finish to win the next mini-session by the same scoreline.

The 37-year-old then produced a blistering barrage to raise the roof in Blackpool, landing the magical nine-darter in leg 13 to become the first player in PDC history to land four TV nine-darters in a calendar year.

Price threatened to repeat the feat in the following leg, opening up with four perfect darts and crashing in two more maximums en route to an 11-darter, before stretching his advantage to 10-5 moments later.

Noppert responded with a run of three straight legs – including a 104 combination – only for Price to restore his five-leg buffer with legs of 14, 14 and 13 darts.

The Dutchman was beginning to waver and Price continued his charge to move 15-8 ahead, but Noppert preserved his hopes with another three-leg burst, taking out 117 and 120 checkouts to reduce the arrears to 15-11.

Price saw Jose De Sousa fight back from the brink in Friday’s quarter-finals, but he avoided any late drama on this occasion, posting his 13th 180 to move one leg away, before taking out 63 in two darts to cap off a sublime display.

“I felt brilliant for most of that game,” admitted Price, who averaged 102.4 and fired in 13 maximums along the way.

“I’m so glad the nine-darter went in, but it probably put me under pressure, because I know a lot of people who hit nine-darters go on to lose the game. Thankfully that didn’t happen!

“I was hoping to go back-to-back, but it’s good for the crowd and it’s good for my confidence, especially at the Winter Gardens.

“The crowd on right on top of you, it’s brilliant. It’s a great atmosphere.”

Two-time champion Van Gerwen reeled off the final four legs without reply to edge out Van den Bergh in a battle of the former World Matchplay winners.

Van den Bergh punished a sloppy start from Van Gerwen to race into a 4-1 lead with the aid of a 116 finish in leg three, although the Dutchman responded in emphatic style.

The three-time World Champion landed a 10-dart leg to restore parity at four apiece, and while Van den Bergh briefly restored his two-leg lead, he squandered two at double for a 7-4 cushion and Van Gerwen capitalised to level once more.

The pair exchanged seven consecutive holds before the Belgian stole a march in a crucial passage of play, converting back-to-back 100 and 114 finishes to establish a 12-9 advantage.

However, Van den Bergh spurned two darts at double to move further clear in leg 22, and it proved to be an expensive miss, with the Dutchman winning four of the next five legs to draw level at 13-13.

Van den Bergh registered his second 114 outshot of the contest – his fourth ton-plus finish – to retain his slender cushion, but he was unable to stem the tide in the latter stages.

Despite missing double 11 for a 124 combination, Van Gerwen returned to pin the same target in leg 29 to secure the lead for the first time, before moving one leg away with a 14-dart hold.

The pair traded 180s in a dramatic climax, but after Van den Bergh was unable to convert a 104 skin-saver, Van Gerwen closed out a 13-dart break to seal his spot in a fourth Blackpool final.

“It was a really tough game for me, but I stayed calm and I think from here, anything is possible,” said Van Gerwen, who averaged 99 to continue his bid for a third Blackpool crown.

“I feel good. I’m not happy with my performance, but I kept believing in my own abilities and I think this is why I won the game.

“I only had a short period of preparation for this tournament, so being in the final is a bonus for me, but I’m not done yet!

“Me and Gerwyn always have fantastic games, and I think this will be a final that everybody wants to watch.

“It’s a big game for both of us, and I cannot wait for tomorrow. It’s going to be amazing.”

Betfred World Matchplay 2022 Day Eight Results

Saturday July 23

Semi-Finals

Gerwyn Price 17-11 Danny Noppert – *Price hits a nine-darter*
Michael van Gerwen 17-14 Dimitri van den Bergh

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Betfred World Matchplay 2022 | Semi-Finals Preview and Order of Play

The final four face off at the 2022 World Matchplay in Blackpool on Saturday as the Semi-Final action takes centre stage.

A quartet of major title winners remain in the running for the record £200,000 top prize and the Phil Taylor Trophy as the prestigious Winter Gardens show-piece heads for a fascinating climax.

Two former World Matchplay champions are among those left standing and will go head-to-head for the right to reach Sunday’s decider.

Michael van Gerwen, back-to-back winner here in 2015 and 2016, takes on 2020 champion Dimitri van den Bergh in their most high-profile meeting to date.

Van Gerwen is bidding to become the outright second most successful player in the history of the World Matchplay, behind Phil 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.

Van den Bergh has continued his love affair with this competition and has now won 12 of his 13 matches in total, storming into a third consecutive Semi-Final.

The Belgian ace thrashed Callan Rydz 10-2 before overcoming Rowby-John Rodriguez 11-6 and then dethroning reigning champion Peter Wright courtesy of a pulsating 16-14 success with an average of 102.

The back-to-back World Series event winner has already gone some way towards defending his title-winning prize money from two years ago against his world ranking and is now vying to become the fifth player to have reached three or more World Matchplay finals.

The opening Semi-Final sees two players battling it out for a place in a first World Matchplay final as Gerwyn Price takes on Danny Noppert.

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 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 on Friday.

UK Open champion Noppert also finds himself in uncharted territory after continuing his blistering spell of form, and is now within sight of a second major title in the space of four months.

Noppert reeled off six consecutive legs from 6-4 down to dispatch Brendan Dolan in his opener with a 100.7 average, before thrashing Daryl Gurney 11-4 with a 102.3 average and defeating World Cup team-mate Dirk van Duijvenbode 16-11 in the Last Eight.

He has previously tasted success over Price in this event, having prevailed 10-7 in the opening round in Milton Keynes two years ago.

The Semi-Final action gets under way from 8pm BST, with matches to be contested over the best of 33 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 Semi-Finals Schedule

Saturday July 23

Semi-Finals

8.15pm Danny Noppert v Gerwyn Price
9.45pm Dimitri van den Bergh v Michael van Gerwen

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The Quarter-Final action continues at the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay in Blackpool on Friday with another pair of unmissable show-downs.

A pulsating Night Six at the Winter Gardens saw Dimitri van den Bergh and Michael van Gerwen book their place in Saturday’s Semi-Finals by edging out defending champion Peter Wright and Nathan Aspinall respectively.

Two Dutch stars and two former Grand Slam winners will now vie to join them as the race to lift the Phil Taylor trophy intensifies.

The opening match of the night sees two recent World Cup team-mates face off as Dirk van Duijvenbode takes on Danny Noppert.

The Dutch duo joined forces to reach the Semi-Finals of last month’s World Cup in Frankfurt and are enjoying arguably the most prolific spells of their respective careers to date.

Both are appearing at this stage of the competition for the first time and look set to contest a high-scoring thriller over the long format.

Van Duijvenbode, the number 14 seed, averaged 103.6 in seeing off Ryan Searle 10-8 in Round One before knocking out world number three Michael Smith 11-7, with the aid of a 170 checkout, to continue his charge.

The 180 specialist knows what it takes to reach a major ranking final, having done so at the 2020 World Grand Prix, and was also runner-up in this year’s Dutch Masters World Series event.

Noppert, meanwhile, reeled off six consecutive legs from 6-4 down to dispatch Brendan Dolan in his opener with a 100.7 average, before thrashing Daryl Gurney 11-4 with a 102.3 average to extend his ground-breaking run.

The world number 11 is chasing a second major title of the season, having secured UK Open glory in March, and appears at ease with the iconic Blackpool stage, landing a a blind 180 during his win over Gurney.

The fourth Quarter-Final sees world number two Gerwyn Price come up against seventh seed Jose de Sousa.

Price, who has never been beyond the Quarter-Finals of this event, opened up with a 10-8 victory over German debutant Martin Schindler before defeating Dave Chisnall 11-8 to reach this stage for the third time.

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 recent World Cup of Darts.

With Wright having exited the competition on Thursday, victory over De Sousa would see Price leapfrog ‘Snakebite’ back into the provisional world number one spot.

De Sousa, meanwhile, overcame German number one Gabriel Clemens in Round One for the second successive year before turning on the style to dispatch 2019 champion Rob Cross 11-8 with a 103 average and nine 180s.

The 2020 Grand Slam champion and 2021 Premier League runner-up looks to have recaptured his brilliant best form after a below-par first half of the season and is now aiming to tear up the script and remain in the running for glory.

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 Seven Schedule

Friday July 22

Quarter-Finals

8.15pm Dirk van Duijvenbode v Danny Noppert
9.45pm Gerwyn Price v Jose de Sousa

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Van den Bergh dethrones Wright in World Matchplay classic as Van Gerwen fends off Aspinall fightback

Dimitri Van den Bergh dethroned defending champion Peter Wright in a World Matchplay classic, while Michael van Gerwen also reached the Semi-Finals after an epic win over Nathan Aspinall.

A pulsating night of Quarter-Final action at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool saw two former champions become the first players to reach the Last Four after coming through nail-biting battles.

Van den Bergh avenged his defeat to Wright in last year’s final by closing out a 16-14 triumph in a rollercoaster of a contest, moving through to the Semi-Finals for the third consecutive year.

The Belgian star defied four ton-plus finishes from Wright to win an incredible contest, averaging 102 and landing 11 maximums to register his first televised victory over the two-time World Champion.

Wright ran riot in the early exchanges, producing a 129 checkout on the bull and firing in an 11-dart break to lead 4-1.

He then reeled off a fifth consecutive leg with a 14-darter in leg six, only for Van den Bergh to launch an astonishing fightback, storming to ten legs without reply to leave the colourful Scot shell-shocked.

Wright changed his darts on multiple occasions midway through the contest, but Van den Bergh was undeterred, maintaining his barrage of big scoring to establish a commanding 11-5 advantage.

The world number one stopped the rot with a spectacular 140 checkout, and the pendulum appeared to be shifting once more when Van den Bergh squandered three darts for a 13-8 cushion.

Wright capitalised to claim a crucial break of throw, before following up legs of 12 and 14 darts with a nerveless 104 checkout to restore parity at 12-12.

The 52-year-old looked set to complete the comeback after converting a two-dart 89 kill to regain the initiative, but there was yet another twist in a dramatic 26th leg.

The pair traded maximums before Wright wired two darts at double for a 14-12 lead, and Van den Bergh capitalised, producing successive legs of 11 and 12 darts to edge back ahead.

Van den Bergh came agonisingly close to a spectacular 164 finish moments later, but he regained his poise, moving one leg away with a 13-darter, before crashing in a brilliant 177 and pinning double 16 to close out a classic.

“I’ve learned to dig deep, I’ve learned to never give up and believe in my own ability,” said Van den Bergh, who has now won 12 of his 13 matches in this event.

“I’m working hard and doing everything I can to chase my dreams and create a beautiful future for my family.

“When I was 4-1 down, I felt it was a repeat of last year’s final, but I wasn’t playing badly, and I managed to stay positive.

“I’m in the semi-finals! There is no pleasure beach, this is Dimitri Van den Bergh’s dreamland, and that’s exactly how I feel right now.”

In Thursday’s second tie, Van Gerwen produced a classy display to overcome a typically tenacious Aspinall, who recovered from 11-4 down to threaten a miraculous comeback.

Van Gerwen had struggled to produce his blistering best in his opening two matches, but he underlined his title credentials with a classy display, averaging 101.8 and rattling in 12 maximums.

Following seven consecutive holds to kick off the contest, the Dutchman followed up a break of throw in leg eight with a ruthless three-leg spell to storm into an 8-3 lead.

Aspinall halted Van Gerwen’s charge with a confident hold in leg 12, only for the 33-year-old to respond with back-to-back 12-darters en route to an emphatic 11-4 advantage.

The Englishman rallied, reducing the arrears with a sequence of three straight legs, before following up a 112 finish with a fabulous 164 on the bull to reduce the arrears to 14-10.

His hopes appeared to be fading when he spurned two darts at double six for a third straight leg and Van Gerwen duly capitalised, cleaning up 68 in two darts to move 15-10 clear.

Aspinall refused to relent, landing a second 106 finish and converting a brilliant 90 skin-saver on the bull, with Van Gerwen poised on double 12 for victory.

The three-time World Champion was becoming embroiled in a real battle and Aspinall was starting to believe, surviving three match darts in a dramatic 29th leg to get the contest back on throw.

However, Van Gerwen wasn’t to be denied, producing a sublime 146 checkout on double 13 to seal the deal, and preserve his hopes of lifting the Phil Taylor Trophy for a third time.

“I was 11-4 up, I was in cruise control and I was playing really well, but Nathan never gives up,” reflected the world number four.

“The crowd were on his side as well, and I made it so difficult for myself. I shouldn’t put myself in that position.

“You have to give Nathan credit for putting me under pressure, and it gives me a great boost to come through games like this.

“Dimitri deserves to be in the semi-finals, and if I want to beat him, I have to play really well. It’s going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to it.”

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Betfred World Matchplay 2022 Day Six Results

Thursday July 21

Quarter-Finals

Peter Wright 14-16 Dimitri van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen 16-14 Nathan Aspinall

Betfred World Matchplay Darts | Day Six Preview and Order of Play

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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Gerwyn Price denies Dave Chisnall at the World Matchplay as trio reach first Quarter-Final

Gerwyn Price came through a high quality contest to defeat Dave Chisnall at the 2022 World Matchplay on Wednesday, while Jose de Sousa, Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode reached the Quarter-Finals for the first time.

Price battled back from behind to dispatch Chisnall 11-8 and reach the Last Eight for a third time on a blistering night of action in Blackpool.

Price powered in checkouts of 164 and 161 on his way to coming through a stern test against world number 15 Chisnall – who was seeking a sixth Quarter-Final appearance.

Chisnall established a promising 6-4 lead, but two legs later the scores were level as Price punished Chisnall’s unsuccessful 76 attempt with a 124 checkout on the bullseye.

That passage of play proved pivotal, as the following leg saw Price go in front; a lead which the Welshman never relinquished despite checkouts of 142 and 111 from Chisnall who kept the pressure on to the end.

“I knew I was playing well but I let Dave off a few times at the start, just like I did in my first round game,” said Price.

“I was trying too hard to break Dave’s throw and I got a bit frustrated.

“The big checkouts were nice, they go in about two or three times in ten; I needed them tonight.

“I’m really confident in my game, just sometimes I overthink it when I’m trying to break people down.

“I’m getting back to where I should be and I fancy myself against anyone.”

Price will now take on Portuguese star De Sousa – who broke down in tears after defeating Rob Cross 11-8 to break new ground in Blackpool.

A highest quality encounter saw both players average above 103, as a rejuvenated De Sousa fired in nine trademark 180s as well as hitting 11 of his 23 double attempts.

A 120 checkout saw De Sousa break throw to go 8-4 up, but a missed single 14 in a 108 checkout attempt from the Portuguese, which would have put him 10-4 in front, proved the catalyst for a Cross fightback.

2019 champion Cross, who fought back from 8-2 down to beat Chris Dobey 11-9 in round one, hit a 106 finish after De Sousa’s mistake to make it 5-9 before winning three of the next four legs to trail 8-10.

With the pressure mounting, De Sousa quelled any fears of a second Cross comeback in as many rounds with back-to-back 180s before sealing victory with a last dart double four.

“It has been a difficult year for me, so this win means the world to me,” said an emotional De Sousa.

“Nobody can imagine how happy I am to be playing well again.

“I just take it game-by-game, but right now I feel great. I’m hitting 180s and 140s again, and when I hit my doubles as well I am a danger for everybody.”

Dutch World Cup of Darts teammates Noppert and Van Duijvenbode will collide in the Last Eight after coming through ties against Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith respectively.

Noppert laid down a marker to the rest of the field with an impressive display to blow away two-time semi-finalist Gurney 11-4.

Noppert, who won his first TV title at the UK Open in March, landed four ton-plus checkouts and averaged 102.36 in a dominant display.

An entertaining tenth leg saw Noppert hit a ‘no-look 180’ in response to Gurney’s attempt at the same feat earlier in the leg, with Noppert eventually winning the leg to lead 7-3.

Gurney was unable to turn the tide, winning just one of the next five legs as Noppert made it through to the Quarter-Finals for the first time.

Van Duijvenbode landed the tournament’s first 170 checkout to continue his winning run with an 11-7 triumph over one of the title favourites Smith.

An explosive start from Van Duijvenbode saw him go 4-0 up, a deficit Smith was never able to recover.

It was a tale of woe on the doubles for Smith, who saw 23 of his outer ring attempts go wide of the target, including a dart at double 12 for a nine-darter.

Smith threatened a comeback as he closed the gap from 9-5 to 9-7, but an 86 checkout from Van Duijvenbode saw him strike a crucial break of throw before finishing the job in the following leg.

“I feel lucky tonight that the best version of Michael didn’t turn up,” admitted Van Duijvenbode.

“I felt nervous tonight. I kept waiting for Michael to play his usual game and because I was thinking about that, I started to play badly as well.

“The 170 was a nice moment; I didn’t need to go for it but I felt so great at that point, I thought I would go for it anyway.

“I know I will need to play better against Danny or I will be going home.”

Thursday will see the opening two Quarter-Final ties take place as Peter Wright and Dimitri Van den Bergh meet in a repeat of last year’s final, before two-time champion Michael van Gerwen takes on a resurgent Nathan Aspinall.

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Betfred World Matchplay 2022 Day Five Results

Wednesday July 20

Second Round

Daryl Gurney 4-11 Danny Noppert
Jose de Sousa 11-8 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price 11-8 Dave Chisnall
Michael Smith 7-11 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Betfred World Matchplay Darts | Day Five Preview and Order of Play

The Second Round reaches its conclusion at the 2022 World Matchplay in Blackpool on Wednesday with eight heavy hitters aiming to keep their seaside dreams alive.

Three former winners of this prestigious title were among the first players to progress to the Quarter-Finals at the Winter Gardens on Tuesday, and a host of decorated darters now aim to accompany them.

Arguably the stand-out tie of Night Five sees two prolific power-scorers collide as Michael Smith takes on Dirk van Duijvenbode.

Smith, runner-up here in 2019, began his latest quest for an elusive maiden major title with a terrific comeback win over Andrew Gilding on Saturday, recovering from 8-4 down to win seven of the next eight legs and clinch a tie break triumph.

Smith lost out in a second World Championship final in January, breaking the tournament 180s record in the process, before again being denied glory in the UK Open final, but did go on to win the US Masters in New York last month.

The world number three has also picked up a European Tour title and three ProTour titles this season and has reached at least the Quarter-Final stage in each of his last three Matchplay appearances.

Van Duijvenbode secured his second PDC ranking title earlier this year and registered his first win on this iconic stage at the expense of Ryan Searle with a 103.6 average.

The Dutch World Cup star was runner-up in last month’s Dutch Masters World Series event and comes up against ‘Bully Boy’ for the first time in a ranked televised major.

World number two Gerwyn Price steps up his quest for a first Matchplay crown with a clash against multiple major finalist Dave Chisnall.

Price, who has never been beyond the Quarter-Final stage of this event, opened up with a 10-8 victory over German debutant Martin Schindler on Monday, averaging 99 in the process.

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 recent World Cup of Darts.

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 defeated Kim Huybrechts 10-7 in Round One.

Price aims to continue his strong record against Chisnall (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The opening match of the night sees two-time major champion Daryl Gurney take on reigning UK Open champion Danny Noppert.

Gurney is unseeded in the draw having dropped to 24th in the Order of Merit, but boasts a solid record on this stage with two Semi-Final appearances to his name.

Superchin defeated 2018 champion Gary Anderson 10-7 in Round One but will be keen to improve on his match average of 92.

Number 11 seed Noppert is making his fourth consecutive World Matchplay appearance but is yet to progress beyond the Last 16, however he is enjoying the most clinically consistent spell of form of his career so far.

The Dutch star reeled off six consecutive legs from 6-4 down to dispatch Brendan Dolan in his opener with a 100.7 average and is now looking to send home another Northern Irish stalwart.

Rob Cross, the 2019 champion, faces another tough encounter against former Grand Slam champion Jose de Sousa.

Cross, who has suffered defeat in three European Tour finals this year, pulled off a remarkable fightback from 8-2 down to defeat Chris Dobey 11-9 earlier in the week.

The 2018 World Champion and reigning European Champion is now looking to progress beyond the Second Round stage for only the second time in six appearances.

De Sousa, meanwhile, overcame German number one Gabriel Clemens in Round One for the second successive year and is now eyeing a place in the Last Eight here for the first time.

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 action gets under way from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 21 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 Five Schedule

Wednesday July 20

Second Round

7.15pm Daryl Gurney v Danny Noppert
8.15pm Jose de Sousa v Rob Cross
9.15pm Gerwyn Price v Dave Chisnall
10.15pm Michael Smith v Dirk van Duijvenbode

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Wright edges Ratajski in World Matchplay thriller as Aspinall advances past Wade

Peter Wright continued the defence of his World Matchplay title with a thrilling tie-break victory over Krzysztof Ratajski in Blackpool on Tuesday, as Nathan Aspinall, Michael van Gerwen and Dimitri van den Bergh also progressed.

Wright looked set to coast into the Quarter-Finals after opening up a 7-3 lead, producing checkouts of 127 and 125 and firing in a brace of 11-darters.

Ratajski, however, hit back with four consecutive legs to draw level at seven apiece, before defying a magnificent 10-darter from Wright by landing back-to-back 180s en route to a 12-dart riposte.

Nevertheless, the Polish number one was staring down the barrel after squandering three darts to break throw and lead 10-9, with Wright leaving 16 after nine darts in the following leg.

However, the world number one returned the favour by frittering away three match darts, and Ratajski capitalised, sinking a two-dart 77 combination to send the contest into overtime.

The pair traded holds as the drama continued, although it was Wright who kept his cool, following up his third 11-darter of the evening by pinning double 10 to triumph with his fifth match dart.

“I really enjoyed it,” said Wright, who averaged 103.5 and landed ten 180s to set up a last eight showdown against Dimitri Van den Bergh, in a repeat of last year’s final.

“You need to be in matches like that sometimes to see where you are. That has definitely got me ready for Dimitri now.

“Dimitri is playing really well. He has won two World Series titles recently, he’s taken his game to the next level, so it should be another tight game. Bring it on!”

Van den Bergh recovered from a sluggish start to complete an 11-6 victory over debutant Rowby-John Rodriguez in Tuesday evening’s opener.

The 2020 champion, bidding to reach a third consecutive World Matchplay final, reeled off four straight legs to establish a 4-2 cushion – an advantage he would never relinquish.

Rodriguez spurned one dart at double 16 to level at five apiece in a crucial tenth leg, and he was suitably punished by the Belgian, who extended his lead to 8-4 to pile on the pain.

The Austrian reduced the arrears with a fifth maximum and a 13-darter, but this only provided a temporary reprieve, as Van den Bergh wrapped up a convincing victory with a stunning 146 outshot.

“I have dreams that I am chasing. I’m loving it,” said Van den Bergh, who averaged 98.62, landed six 180s and converted 11 of his 18 attempts at double.

“Rowby is one of my best friends. He is a class player and he’s finally showing what he can do.

“You cannot give these players chances. I want to improve because at the moment I don’t feel like I’m playing fantastically, but I’m so working so hard.”

Van Gerwen’s hopes of completing a World Matchplay hat-trick are still alive, after he eased past a profligate Cullen to seal his spot in an eighth quarter-final in the sport’s summer showpiece.

The Dutchman was below-par in his opening round win over Adrian Lewis, yet he showed no signs of fragility in the early exchanges against Cullen, racing into a 4-1 lead with an imperious 111 average.

The pair traded four consecutive 180s in a remarkable fifth leg, and the high-scoring continued in leg six, as Cullen cut the deficit with a 12-dart break to double his tally.

However, the Masters champion never recovered from squandering four darts at double to level proceedings, with Van Gerwen winning seven of the final nine legs to complete a comprehensive 11-5 success.

“I was on a mission. I started off really well and that gave me a lot of confidence,” said the three-time World Champion.

“I’m still not 100%, everybody knows that, but even when I’m at 90%, I can beat everybody in this tournament.

“This is one of the most important tournaments of the year. You want to perform here, and I’m so glad to be in the quarter-finals.”

Van Gerwen will take on Nathan Aspinall in the last eight, after the former UK Open champion produced an impressive late flurry to edge out 2007 champion James Wade 11-9 in a high-quality contest.

Wade landed three ton-plus checkouts within the opening ten legs, taking out 126, 105 and 118 finishes to level at five apiece, before winning back-to-back legs in just 27 darts to move 7-5 ahead.

Aspinall responded emphatically, following up a 13-darter with a 68 finish, before landing a crucial 82 checkout on tops in leg 17 to secure the lead, which he cemented with a comfortable hold of throw.

Wade preserved his hopes with a 13-darter, but the Stockport star stormed to victory in sensational style, following up a third maximum with an 81 combination for a 12-dart hold.

“Every game I play is always a battle. James is a fantastic player. I knew it was going to be a tough game,” reflected Aspinall, who was beaten by Van Gerwen in the Quarter-Finals of last year’s tournament.

“I really enjoyed it. I struggled in the middle part of the game, but I think my will to win got me through that in the end.

“I’m still learning all the time and I’ve learned a lot about my myself this week. I want to win it. I want this to be the year of the Asp.”

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Betfred World Matchplay 2022 Day Four Results

Tuesday July 19

Second Round

Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-11 Dimitri Van den Bergh
James Wade 9-11 Nathan Aspinall
Peter Wright 13-11 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen 11-5 Joe Cullen

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

The Second Round action gets under way at the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay in Blackpool on Tuesday with four suitably red-hot ties.

The opening round laid claim to three seeded casualties and featured comebacks, tie breaks and a scattering of ton-plus averages.

A place in the business end of the £800,000 major is now up for grabs as the seeds begin to collide on the pressure cooker that is the Winter Gardens stage.

The pick of the night’s fixtures features a repeat of last month’s nail-biting Premier League final between Michael van Gerwen and Joe Cullen.

Cullen, in his debut Premier League season, was left to rue an agonising missed dart for the title in Berlin as MVG stepped in to snatch an 11-10 victory and secure his sixth crown.

Cullen, quarter-finalist here in 2018, thrashed Damon Heta 10-2 in Round One on Sunday despite being installed as the outsider of the pair by the bookmakers, something which he admitted provided added motivation.

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.

Back-to-back World Matchplay champion in 2015 and 2016, MVG has suffered a mixed bag of results in Blackpool since, including one First Round and two Second Round exits.

An average of 89.6 was enough for him to battle past 2013 finalist Adrian Lewis in Round One, but the Dutchman will be demanding a much-improved display against an opponent seeking revenge.

Peter Wright resumes the defence of his title with a clash against last year’s semi-finalist – Krzysztof Ratajski.

Wright is among the star names bidding to join that elite group of only three players to have successfully retained this title, having claimed glory for the first time 12 months ago.

The world number one became the fifth player to win both the PDC World Championship and the World Matchplay and went on to secure his second world title at Ally Pally in January but has since struggled for both form and consistency.

He began his latest campaign with a dominant 10-4 victory over Latvian debutant Madars Razma, and now faces another unflappable opponent with big stage pedigree.

Ratajski held on to the final seeded spot in the field having struggled to replicate last season’s trademark consistency, but the Polish ace will be encouraged by his opening display which saw him average 98.5 in a 10-6 success over Stephen Bunting.

James Wade, the 2007 World Matchplay champion, faces a show-down against former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall.

Having lost in the final on debut in 2006, Wade went one better the following year to clinch the first of his ten televised titles to date.

He has since reached a further four finals at this historic venue, but had been a First Round casualty in three of his last five visits prior to defeating debutant Martin Lukeman this year.

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

The Stockport star dumped out form horse Luke Humphries with a commanding 10-5 victory on Saturday to send out a defiant message to those who wrote off his chances, and he is now eyeing back-to-back Quarter-Final appearances in Blackpool.

The opening tie of the evening sees 2020 champion Dimitri van den Bergh take on debutant star Rowby-John Rodriguez.

Van den Bergh became the first Belgian winner of a PDC major when he triumphed behind closed doors in Milton Keynes in 2020 and came within touching distance of retaining the title in Blackpool last time out, only to be denied by Peter Wright in the final.

The back-to-back World Series event winner, who is bidding to avert a drop down the rankings come the end of the week, began by thrashing Callan Rydz 10-2 with a 100 average on opening night.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, enjoyed a dream debut on this iconic stage by knocking out eighth seed Jonny Clayton 10-7 with a 99 average.

The former World Cup finalist, who held on to the final ProTour qualification spot, is now eyeing another significant scalp which would move him back into the world’s top 64 less than seven months after regaining his Tour Card at Qualifying School.

The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with Second Round matches to be contested over the best of 21 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 Four Schedule

Tuesday July 19

Second Round

7.15pm Rowby-John Rodriguez v Dimitri Van den Bergh
8.15pm James Wade v Nathan Aspinall
9.15pm Peter Wright v Krzysztof Ratajski
10.15pm Michael van Gerwen v Joe Cullen

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