Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Five!

In our fifth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to discuss all the latest news from the world of darts.  After a brief hiatus, the team return to discuss the recent World Matchplay, where Gary Anderson defeated Mensur Suljovic in a gripping finale to secure the coveted triple-crown. Continue reading “Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Five!”

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OPINION: Taylor’s antics were a sign of desperation!

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Michael van Gerwen retained his World Matchplay crown with an emphatic 18-10 win over Phil Taylor in Sunday night’s final at the Winter Gardens. ‘The Green Machine’ produced a brilliant display to inflict Taylor’s first ever defeat in a Blackpool final, although ‘The Power’ still stole the headlines, albeit for the wrong reasons.

There was no shame in Taylor’s performance. In his post-match interview, he said he felt ‘gutted’ to have let the crowd down, although in truth he performed well; averaging in excess of 101. However, his conduct on-stage, particularly in the latter half of the contest, was frankly embarrassing.

At various stages of the contest, Taylor gave his Dutch opponent a fierce stare, insinuating he had done something to antagonise ‘The Power’, which wasn’t the case. He also urged the crowd to perform the ‘Icelandic clap’on numerous occasions, including when Van Gerwen was throwing, which was most unsportsmanlike.

Additionally, Taylor persisted to mock and replicate MvG’s celebrations, and even appeared to be captured calling the world number one an expletive, after Van Gerwen extended his lead to 14-8. If Taylor had been winning, Michael’s exuberant celebrations wouldn’t have left a mark on ‘The Power’. He simply couldn’t handle the fact he was being outplayed.

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Van Gerwen topples Taylor to retain Matchplay crown!

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Michael van Gerwen retained his BetVictor World Matchplay crown with a thumping 18-10 victory over 15-time champion Phil Taylor at the Winter Gardens on Sunday evening. Taylor had an unblemished record in finals at the Matchplay, but he was unable to maintain this feat against an impressive ‘Green Machine’.

Van Gerwen averaged 103.93, hit twelve maximums and boasted an excellent checkout conversion rate of 61%, to cap off a quality all-round display. He now joins Taylor and Rod Harrington as the only players to have retained the World Matchplay title, as he avenged his painful 2014 defeat to ‘The Power’.

Taylor kicked off proceedings with a maximum and converted D10 to hold throw, but Van Gerwen responded with a 70 finish on D9. Taylor then spurned three clear darts to hold in the third leg, and MvG followed up a maximum with a clinical 77 checkout, to secure the first break of throw in the contest.

The world number one threatened a 9-darter in the following leg after registering back-to-back maximums, but he had to settle for an 11-darter, as he won his third straight leg. Taylor stopped the rot with a brilliant 177, followed by a 70 outshot culminating on the bull, but MvG regained his two-leg cushion by pinning D12.

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Taylor: “Van Gerwen’s got a problem with me tomorrow!”

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Defending champion Michael van Gerwen will meet 15-time Winter Gardens champion Phil Taylor in the final of the BetVictor World Matchplay on Sunday evening, after they comprehensively defeated Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson on Saturday night in Blackpool.

Van Gerwen remains on course to retain his title after easing past 2013 finalist Adrian Lewis 17-9. Jackpot defeated MvG at this stage three years ago, but he was unable to replicate this feat against ‘The Green Machine’, who averaged 101.20 and hit an impressive 49% of his attempts at double.

The Dutchman made an electric start by racing into a 3-0 advantage, but Lewis restored parity with three straight legs of his own. Nevertheless, the world number one then enjoyed a mini-surge, firing in three maximums en route to winning five consecutive legs, to establish a commanding 8-3 cushion.

Lewis hit D8 and tops to reduce the deficit to 8-5, but Van Gerwen converted D9 and D16 to regain his five-leg advantage. The Stoke star remained in contention with a fabulous 130 finish, but the Dutchman restored his cushion by following up his fourth maximum with D10.

Lewis responded by pinning tops, but Van Gerwen clinically converted a 72 finish in two darts to move 12-7 ahead. The two-time world champion continued to battle however. He took out 84 in two darts to hold, before posting D10 to reduce the arrears to 12-9, after the pair had traded 180’s.

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