Jul 27 2014

BetVictor World Matchplay Final

Red Hot in Blackpool; The Darts and the Venue!

Forget work on Monday (not that I currently have any to go to – I’m between  jobs n looking!), as this Sunday night sees reigning champion Phil Taylor takes on World Champion Michael van Gerwen at the Winter Gardens.  Taylor’s bid to win a 15th World Matchplay title and a seventh successive Blackpool triumph will see him have to beat the world number one van Gerwen.

The Dutchman, appearing in his first World Matchplay final, is looking to add the trophy to his roll of honour and claim the £100,000 first prize.  This really is the ‘dream final’ for many fans – and the bookies have been giving odds that these two would be the finalists from the start.  

You can turn on Sky Sports a little earlier tonight, as it’s on TV at 6.45pm (BST), and play starts 7pm sharpish!

BetVictor World Matchplay, Sunday July 27

Michael van Gerwen (101.48) 9-18 (107.19) Phil Taylor

UPDATE:  Phil is totally awesome tonight, he started quick, and MvG looks shell-shocked from early doors, and by mid-way through the game it appeared that most of the fight had been knocked out of the Dutchman.  Both players were emotional at the end, both showing their respect for each other’s talents – they are by some way the two best players in the world at the moment.  Well played Mr Taylor, another masterclass.

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Taylor vs MvG final

So it’s the dream Taylor vs MvG final tonight. (Pictures Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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Jul 27 2014

World Matchplay Semi-Finals Results

Anderson shares a joke with Taylor

Anderson shares a joke with Taylor (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Better late than never – I wasn’t around to watch the semi-finals, and that’s a shame, cause I hear they were pretty good, especially the Anderson vs Taylor scrap!   Sky and the pundits mouths were be watering at the final though – it’s the BIG ONE, Michael van Gerwen vs Phil Taylor.  Not sure it gets a lot better than that, especially with Phil in fantastic form.  I’m home to watch the final – I can’t be missing this tonight!

BetVictor World MatchplaySaturday July 26

Michael van Gerwen 17-13 Simon Whitlock
Phil Taylor 17-15 Gary Anderson

Semi-Finals – Best of 33 legs

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Jul 25 2014

World Matchplay Friday Quarter Finals

After a good start, Wes Newton had a nightmare

After a good start, Wes Newton had a nightmare tonight (Pic Lustig/PDC)

So we already know that Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen will be in the semi-finals in Blackpool, and tonight we will know who joins them.  I think most fans are looking forward to the Anderson vs Lewis game most, with both players showing great form so far in this tournament.  Could be a real classic game.  With Wes Newton having to really battle in his first two games so far, and with The Power putting on a masterclass – not many people will see that as anything but a Taylor win.

So enjoy your Friday night, watch live on Sky Sports from 7pm.

Friday July 25, Evening Session (7pm-11pm)

Gary Anderson (100.63) 16-8 Adrian Lewis (95)
Phil Taylor (99.7) 16-6 Wes Newton (89.16)

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Gary Anderson beats Lewis 2014 Matchplay

Gary Anderson beats Lewis convincingly at the Matchplay (Pic Lustic/PDC)

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Jul 24 2014

World Matchplay Thursday Quarter Finals

HOT HOT HOT In Blackpool

Thursday July 24, Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Quarter-Finals – first to 16 legs

Whitlock beats Wade after Wade started the stronger (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Whitlock beats Wade after Wade started the stronger (Pic Lustig/PDC)

James Wade (96.88) 10-16 (96.26) Simon Whitlock
Michael van Gerwen (102.72) 16-12 Dave Chisnall (99.46)

Another hot night in Blackpool, as the competition gets down to the business end – the final 8 players battling it out in first to 16 leg marathons.   Stamina will play a part now, as the heat really is heat zapping up there (it is even for the fans watching!).

The first game of the night is really interesting to me, because even though Wade and Whitlock are both managed by Modus, they never seem to get on on the oche, and their games can be quite feisty!   It may just be a clash of personalities.. or egos maybe, but it can make for good TV.   I can’t call it at all… I’ll have to stick with Wade to win because I tipped him as the dark horse of the tourney, he’s due another major, and he’s playing under the radar letting the other big names take all the headlines so far.

Chizzy has done better than I predicted this tournament, for me he’d been lacking in confidence before it started, but he’s managed to turn that around in Blackpool, maybe he just loves the seaside?  MvG has looked pretty good so far, like the world champion and world number 1 he is.   So I think MvG will continue his run… possibly for that MvG vs Taylor final Sky have been semi-predicting the whole time.


The Krispy Bet:  I’ve a few quid on a Chizzy over 116.5 checkout tonight – I started betting with £15 on Michael Smith vs Pipe (I often bet against JP, being his mate I soften the blow with some cash if he loses!).  Then I took the winnings and put on King to beat Huybrechts… then the £64 from that win onto MvG & Wade to win, then the £87 onto Lewis and Taylor to win last night.. so it’s now £139 on Chizzy and that big checkout.  Probably daft.. but I thought easy come easy go!  Wish me luck!   CLICK HERE to have a flutter yourself – and get a free £25 bet if you’re new to William Hill.

James Wade World Matchplay

James Wade World Matchplay (Pic Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

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Jul 23 2014

BetVictor World Matchplay Round 2 Continues

Hot Tungsten and Hot Weather in Blackpool

Lots of greats darts again tonight, and I’ll be watching at home now, as my time in Blackpool is over.  It was a great experience, and I do hope to return one year – having a big seaside resort to enjoy in good weather during the day, then darts at night really gave it that extra dimension.  The venue is class too – watching from the balconies is actually very good – the back balcony has a bar running behind it, there’s lots of leg room, and it’s not too far back, so the view is great!

Balcony seats at the matchplay

Balcony seats at the matchplay, bar behind, great view in front

Wednesday July 23 Evening Session (7pm-12am)
Second Round

Paul Nicholson (83.94) 13-15 (86.62) Wes Newton
Stephen Bunting (99.37) 8-13 (104.67) Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor (105.64) 13-6 Michael Smith (100.44)
Adrian Lewis 10-8 Mervyn King

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UPDATE:  WOW Phil Taylor putting on a show in his game, goes 2-0 down.. but then the Power comes on.  Wins the next 8 legs.. the 7th leg a NINE DARTER.. finishing the 144; 60, 60, d12.

Wez comes through a real battle to beat Nicholson

Wez comes through a real battle to beat Nicholson tonight (Pic Lustig/PDC)

Looking at tonight’s matches… I’ve got to think Wes Newton has to play better than he did in round 1.  Wez actually said he wanted to walk off half way through that first game it was going so bad.  Paul played well in his first round game, BUT he wound the crowd up, and I think that will come back to bite him a little tonight, even though the Blackpool fans seem to be about the best behaved around. So I think Wez will shave it.  2nd game up could be the most interesting… Bunting didn’t have a great average in his first round game (92 ish?), and Gary was looking very good, his finishing was reliable… so I think Gary could again take this one in a fairly close game.

I don’t think Michael Smith will repeat his famous world championship win against Taylor tonight, I think Taylor will be looking to teach the young pretender a lesson, as as Taylor has his darts right (I hear he’s gone up from 24 to 26grams, not only changed his stems as was said on TV), I think he may not be stopped all tournament.   King played well taking out a less than par Huybrechts, but that was with no pressure – Lewis should give him that pressure tonight, and I just want to see a repeat of the class Lewis showed in round 1.

Tuesday Night Review; Barney Changes Darts AGAIN!

Taylor celebrates his magnificent 9 darter

Taylor celebrates his magnificent 9 darter (Lustig/PDC)

Well last night was an interesting one – Wade and MvG did what most fans expected, and smashed their way through their games (winning me a few quid along the way).  Chizzy on a tight attritional game against The Hammer… and then there was Raymond van Barneveld… once again not only starting a game with brand new darts, but then changing darts to his older set half way through the game when things weren’t going for him.  It wasn’t just barrels, He changed the entire set-up, stems and flights too.  While it may not have CAUSED him to lose the game, it shows his head isn’t right at all, as no player picks a set of darts, then ditches them mid game in such an important game.

Barney’s game started to fall apart after he was 4-0 up… and from where I was at the back of the room I could tell he was shaking his head and his body language really wasn’t there – he just seemed to give up on the game.  I’m re-watching it right now repeated on Sky Sports, an early doors it seems the commentators thought the new darts were no issue, and he was playing fantastic.  He was missing a few early doubles, which showed something wasn’t quite right.   It ended ‘only’ 13-8 to Whitlock, but even though Raymond was getting legs, he never looked like he was going to win, the look on his face just said ‘get me out of here’.  At 5-5 Barney practiced with his old set… but went back to the new looking ones, and then later made the switch.

Barney mid game darts change

Barney mid game darts change (Pix Lawrence Lustig)


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Jul 22 2014

World Matchplay Tuesday Games

Round 2 Begins at the Winter Gardens

Tuesday July 22, Evening Session (7pm-12am)
Second Round

Andy Hamilton 10 – 13 Dave Chisnall
James Wade 13 – 2 Richie Burnett
Michael van Gerwen 13 – 4 Ian White
Simon Whitlock 13-8 Raymond van Barneveld

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Well let’s hope that tonight can match yesterday’s great night in Blackpool, which due to the Adrian Lewis exhibition win actually ended early!   I feel for Andrew Gilding, as Lewis in that mood and form is unstoppable, and you can see why he wont back to back world championships with that relentless natural throw.    Stephen Bunting showed the PDC fans what he’s capable of, knocking out the much fancied Snakebite.  Merv King put on a good display, with his 10-4 win against an under par Kim Huybrechts.  The battle of the night saw Gary Anderson edge a great game against Jabba.

So how will tonight go?  If I knew that I’d be a rich man… But I’m sure most fans would expect Wade to have too much for Richie Burnett – a few people I’ve spoken to think that Wade may sneak through and win this tournament while everyone looks to MvG/Taylor for the winner.  Ian White will have something to say about that too – he’s an unflappable sort of player, with tons of experience, so he’ll fancy himself against Mighty Mike.

First game up is a tough one to call, as Chizzy played really well in his first round win… BUT I wonder if the grinding game of Hamilton will wear Chizzy down, breaking up his flow, and get him frustrated.  It’s hot up there too, and any frustration will feel even worse as the sweat trickles… so I think Hamilton may just edge it if the game goes all the way.

I’m sure the Barney army will be out in force again, but if he wants to go through to round 3 he’ll need to up his game from round 1 – and I know he doesn’t like playing late in the high temperatures due to his diabetes it’s hard to control the blood sugars.. so if he’s not 100% it could be Whitlock who is celebrating tonight.


Adrian Lewis 2014 Matchplay

Even Jackpot can hardly believe how well he played last night! (Pic Lustig/PDC)

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