Wonderful Wright backs up bullish Matchplay prediction

Peter Wright was under scrutiny coming into this year’s World Matchplay, after proclaiming pre-tournament that he would complete a World Championship and Matchplay double. The doubters were poised to assemble, but Snakebite let his darts do the talking at the Winter Gardens.

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2016 World Matchplay Field Confirmed!

World Matchplay
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The field for the 2016 World Matchplay was confirmed after the conclusion of the Players Championship double-header in Barnsley.  Robbie Green secured a last-gasp qualification with a fine run to the quarter-finals at the Metrodome on Sunday afternoon.

A 32-player field will compete in the BetVictor World Matchplay from July 16-24 at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, as the top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit will be joined by 16 qualifiers from the rolling one-year ProTour Order of Merit.

Green will be making his long-awaited Blackpool return, having lost 10-7 to Bob Anderson in round-one of the World Matchplay twelve years ago, back in 2004. Green’s run to the last eight in Players Championship 11 saw him pip Rowby-John Rodriguez for the final qualification spot, which will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Austrian.

There will also be three debutants in this year’s competition. Former World Championship finalist Alan Norris has been rewarded for his remarkable Pro Tour consistency, having finished 4th on the Pro Tour Order of Merit.

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Gerwyn hits the Jackpot as Lewis pays the Price!

Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Gerwyn Price produced the performance of his darting career to stun two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis in the second round of the World Matchplay last night.

Former Rugby Union star Price was in inspired form and averaged over 110 for the first ten legs, before he maintained his composure in the latter stages to complete a shock 13-10 victory against the 2013 Matchplay finalist.

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Is Phil Taylor finished? Far From It!

Is Phil Taylor finished
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If I had a pound for every time I’d heard Phillip Douglas Taylor written off by pundits and fans alike over the years, I’d be an extremely rich man. Last week, Taylor suffered a 7-2 humbling against his old-foe Raymond van Barneveld in week 10 of the Premier League in Sheffield. Van Barneveld had beaten Taylor 7-4 in Glasgow just one month ago, but last week’s defeat was far more damaging.

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