PHIL TAYLOR emotionally bowed out at the BetVictor World Matchplay by claiming an incredible 16th Winter Gardens triumph with an 18-8 defeat of Peter Wright in Sunday's final in Blackpool.
The 56-year-old Stoke great has dominated the history of the World Matchplay, and said his farewell to the tournament ahead of his impending retirement in style with a brilliant display to claim the £115,000 title.
Having knocked out reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and former World Champions Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis in reaching to the final, Taylor found another huge performance to reclaim the prestigious trophy.
Taylor, who averaged 104.24 in the final, said: "It's fantastic - this has capped everything off for me. It couldn't have come at a better time and it's a bonus for me.
"It's lovely, it really is and I've loved every minute of it. To win a major at my age is fantastic, and I've had a tough week when you look at the draw.
"I'll miss this place tremendously - I've loved it here since the first time I walked through the door. It's great to win again and it will go down in history, and I'm delighted for everyone who's supported me."
Wright was bidding to add his second career TV title to add to March's UK Open victory, but the number three seed was unable to match his rival's superior finishing on the night.
Taylor secured an immediate break of throw in the opening leg on double eight and moved two legs up before Wright took out 101 to get off the mark.
The 15-time champion won two of the next three legs to move 4-2 up before Wright finished 100 with two double tops to respond - only to see Taylor take out 72, a brace of 81 finishes, both for 12-darters, and 82 on the bull to lead 8-3.
Wright responded superbly with a barrage of big scores to win the next three legs in 12, 14 and 11 darts to pull back to 8-6 - but Taylor fired in two maximums in an 11-darter of his own to take leg 15.
Taylor also won the next three legs to move 12-6 up before a 13-darter from Wright saw him hit back briefly, with two further 14-darters moving the 56-year-old four legs away from the title.
After hitting a 13-dart finish, Taylor capitalised on five missed doubles from Wright on double ten to lead 16-7 and hit the same bed to move to the brink of victory.
Wright took out 95 to keep his hopes alive, but Taylor hit his seventh 180 to pull clear in the next leg before fittingly hitting double 16 to seal his 16th title.
"During the final I was watching every bit of Peter's body language and he showed every sign of being a little bit tired," Taylor added. "I wanted to keep putting him under pressure.
"I was miles in front at one time and he came back, but I was playing ok and I kept him under pressure."
After being left in tears following the final, Wright said: "Phil is still the best in the world and he's showed that this week.
"I've watched Phil demolish other players in finals and I was on the other end of that big stick that he normally bashes everyone with - but it was a privilege in his last game here.
"I learned a lesson today and I'm grateful to be in the final. A couple of years ago I watched Michael getting beaten by Phil in the final and he was in tears, and that's how much it meant to him.
"It's exactly the same for me and I'll go back to the practice board, become better and I'll come back stronger. I'm still learning and it was great to learn off the master there in the final."
Following his World Matchplay triumph, Taylor has been cut from 20/1 to 10/1 to win a 17th World Championship title on his final appearance in that event over the festive period.
BetVictor World Matchplay
Phil Taylor 18-8 Peter Wright
PHIL TAYLOR ended Michael van Gerwen's reign as BetVictor World Matchplay champion with a stunning 16-6 success to set up a semi-final against Adrian Lewis in Blackpool on a dramatic Friday night.
Taylor's bid to win an amazing 16th World Matchplay title in his final appearance at the Winter Gardens has already seen him overcome Gerwyn Price and Raymond van Barneveld this week.
That challenge continued in incredible fashion against World Champion Van Gerwen as the 56-year-old clinically punished his Dutch rival for an off-day on the doubles to march into the last four.
Van Gerwen had won every televised ranking title since the 2016 World Championship in a period of dominance only previously achieved by Taylor, whose bid for a fairy-tale Blackpool finale will continue on Saturday after he made the 27-year-old pay for 21 missed doubles during the contest.
Taylor capitalised on five of those misses to win the opening three legs, and also landed double eight for a 4-0 lead before the Dutchman landed a 180 and a 76 finish for an 11-darter to get off the mark.
Taylor responded with a 72 finish to regain his cushion before punishing misses from Van Gerwen in two of the next three as he moved halfway to victory at 8-1.
Another 11-darter, featuring a 174 score, gave Van Gerwen his second leg, but four missed doubles in leg 11 allowed Taylor to finish 82 as he moved 9-2 up, before taking out 122 on the bull, a key 99 and an 11-darter in burst where he won four legs from five.
Taylor's miss at double 18 allowed Van Gerwen to hit back on double ten, and the next two legs were shared before tops moved the veteran to the brink of victory at 15-5.
Double one from Van Gerwen saved the game, but the fightback was ended as Taylor pinned tops to seal a memorable success.
"Michael is a brilliant player – one of the best there’s ever been - but he didn't perform tonight and the doubles killed him," said Taylor.
"The atmosphere was fantastic and it was different for Michael because they were on my side. He was out of his comfort zone, but the crowd don't throw your darts for you.
"Even at 12-3 I thought he could come back and it was a good match. I was about 18/1 with the bookies just to reach the semi-finals but I'm under no pressure and I had a different mindset tonight - I was relaxed and enjoying it."
Lewis had earlier continued his challenge to win his maiden World Matchplay title by holding off battling Alan Norris with a 16-13 victory to reach the semi-finals for a second successive year.
As in his opening two matches this week, Norris was punished for a slow start as Lewis took the opening three legs, only for the UK Open semi-finalist to hit back and level, taking out 114 in the sixth leg.
Norris then missed the bull for a 126 finish to move ahead as Lewis regained the lead, broke with a 13-darter and then took out 72 to open up a 6-3 advantage.
Nine missed doubles from the two-time World Champion allowed Norris back in to finish double two as he hit back, but a four-leg burst from Lewis - including a 110 checkout - put him in command at 10-4.
Norris finished 106 to reply, but Lewis won the next three legs in 11, 12 and 13 darts - including a 136 checkout - as he opened up an eight-leg lead.
Norris' third ton-plus checkout of the game, with a 127 combination, was followed by a brace of double ten finishes as he pulled back three legs, but six misses in the next allowed Lewis to claim his 14th leg of the game.
A 116 from Norris continued his big finishing before tops pulled him back to 14-10, and capitalised on three misses from Lewis in the next two as the gap closed to two legs, despite the Stoke ace hitting six perfect darts, with a 180 and 177, along the way.
Another 180 and double ten enabled Norris to pull back to 14-13, but he crucially missed tops for a 160 finish to level in leg 28, with Lewis taking out 102 to give himself breathing space before taking out tops to finally claim victory.
The win moves Lewis into his fourth World Matchplay semi-final, and having undergone surgery on a back problem earlier this month the world number four was proud to have progressed into the last four.
"I'm very relieved but it was an enjoyable game, and to win it is very pleasing," said Lewis. "I didn't have any expectation at the start of the week, so to be in the semi-finals I'm over the moon.
"I probably didn't expect to be so far ahead and fair play to Alan for coming back and showing what a good player he is - but when he missed the 160 the 102 from me finally killed him off.
"At times I missed some doubles but when it came down to it I got the job done. I'm happy to have taken out the 102 under pressure like that but I want to play better in the semis."
Lewis added: "Since the operation I've had good days and bad days, and today was a bad day which wasn't helped by getting caught in traffic on my way to Blackpool.
"It might be a different day tomorrow and hopefully I'll wake up fresher and perform. I'll be the underdog but I can't wait."
Saturday's opening semi-final will see world number three Peter Wright - March's UK Open champion - up against Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney, who has won through to the last four in Blackpool for the first time.
Having been 12/1 with sponsors BetVictor at the start of Friday's action, Taylor has now been installed as the new 5/4 favourite to claim the title on Sunday night.
Wright is the 7/4 second favourite, with Lewis moving in to 11/2 and Gurney the 7/1 outsider.
Both Wright and Taylor are the 2/5 favourites to win their semi-final matches, with Gurney and Lewis rated as 2/1 chances to reach the final.
BetVictor World Matchplay
Friday July 28
Alan Norris 13-16 Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen 6-16 Phil Taylor
Saturday July 29 (7pm)
Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis
Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright
Best of 33 legs
5/4 Phil Taylor
7/4 Peter Wright
11/2 Adrian Lewis
7/1 Daryl Gurney
Semi-Final Match Odds
2/1 Daryl Gurney v 2/5 Peter Wright
2/5 Phil Taylor v 2/1 Adrian Lewis
Odds correct at time of writing and courtesy www.betvictor.com. Subject to fluctuation.
PHIL TAYLOR and Michael van Gerwen will clash in the BetVictor World Matchplay quarter-finals after progressing through Wednesday's second round alongside Adrian Lewis and Alan Norris in Blackpool.
Taylor, the 15-time World Matchplay champion, punished missed doubles from great rival Raymond van Barneveld to claim a comfortable 11-3 victory from their eagerly-awaited clash on the Winter Gardens stage.
The Dutchman missed chances in each of the first three legs as Taylor, aided by finishes of 61 and 64, moved clear, only to see Van Barneveld finish double seven and 76 to pull back to 3-2.
He also shared the next two to remain in touch at 4-3, but a miss at tops in leg eight to level the game allowed Taylor to scramble home double one in a key leg.
A brace of double 16 finishes moved Taylor clear at 7-3, and he also landed an 11-darter before securing the win by taking out 96.
"It was a lot easier than I expected," admitted Taylor, who is making his final challenge at the Winter Gardens before retirement. "Probably 11-9 would have been a more justified score, but Ray was unlucky and his doubles cost him.
"Raymond never gives in and his scoring was lovely, but a couple of his doubles let him down tonight and he's a better player than that."
Reigning champion Van Gerwen, meanwhile, continued his bid for a third straight Blackpool title by cruising to an 11-3 win over Australian Simon Whitlock, who was punished for 12 missed doubles.
Van Gerwen made a bright start by winning the opening two legs, with Whitlock hitting back in the third with a 14-darter - but after trading 180s with the world number one in the fourth he paid for missing two darts at double 13 to level.
Van Gerwen capitalised on double 16 and also took the next five legs to move into an 8-1 advantage, including an 11-darter and one 12-dart leg, as he pulled clear of the former European Champion.
A 13-darter from Whitlock stemmed the tide as he claimed his second leg, but Van Gerwen took out 78 and double ten to move 10-2 up, and responded to double eight from the Australian with a 13-darter to complete a runaway success.
"It was quite comfortable for me and I didn't have to worry too much, but I'd rather play a game that goes all the way," said Van Gerwen. "There's a lot more in the tank and I'm going to need it against Phil.
"I'm sure Phil will put me under pressure. He's still looking good and playing well and I'm looking forward to facing him because nobody has put me under pressure so far.
"I think I've got a huge advantage over him because my form is better and my confidence is good, but you still have to do the right things at the right moments and I'll have to do that on Friday."
The meeting between Van Gerwen and Taylor is a repeat of two previous Winter Gardens finals, and the 56-year-old Stoke legend added: "I'd like to wipe the floor with him - I find him cocky but that's the way I was!
"He's there to be beaten down but he's putting people under pressure. I'm enjoying every minute of it and I'm relaxed. It doesn't make any difference to me and if I win this then it would be great but it’s not the be-all and end-all any more.
"I suppose it's a bit bewildering how I'm talking because I've always been one who wants to win it.
"I do want to win it, but whoever plays me in the next round is going to have to play a relaxed Phil Taylor rather than somebody that's under pressure, and that's when you play better."
Lewis and Norris, meanwhile, set up a tasty quarter-final tie as they defeated Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall respectively in exciting clashes at the Winter Gardens.
Lewis - who made his return from a back operation on Monday by defeating Steve Beaton - was an 11-8 winner in a tight battle with shooting star Cross, who averaged 104 and hit eight doubles from 14 attempts.
However, it was Lewis who finished the stronger as he backed up nine 180s by claiming the final three legs without reply to secure his quarter-final spot.
Lewis landed three of those maximums in the opening two legs and also fired in a 177 score as he moved 4-2 up, before a brilliant 144 checkout retained his two-leg cushion at 5-3.
Cross responded brilliantly with a ten-darter in leg nine and levelled with a 14-dart finish, but crucially was unable to break Lewis' throw to move ahead as the Stoke ace landed a 121 finish at a key moment before pulling clear from eight-all for the win.
"I'm really happy," said Lewis, the 2013 World Matchplay runner-up. "I knew it would be tough because Rob had nothing to lose.
"He's an absolutely awesome player and I had to dig in there. I think he's world class and he can get into the top 16, without a doubt.
"For me to go up there and come through a game like that is really satisfying, especially with the preparation I've had because of the operation.
"I've barely practised for two months and I didn't expect anything coming into the tournament, so I'd have bitten off your hand if you said I'd get into the quarter-finals. I love playing darts and my hunger is there because I want to win."
Norris, meanwhile, defied 11 maximums from Dave Chisnall by following nine 180s of his own with five ton-plus checkouts as he secured a 14-12 tie-break triumph in a thriller.
Chisnall made a stunning start, hitting two 180s in seven perfect darts in the opening leg and another pair of maximums in leg two as finishes of 12 and 13 darts moved him ahead.
Norris hit back to level before taking out 120 and 126 to move 4-2 up, only for the momentum to swing again as Chisnall claimed five straight legs to move 7-4 up.
Norris then took five legs in a row, including a 110 finish, as he regained the edge at 9-7, and after Chisnall levelled the Bo'ness-based ace finished 90 for a break of throw to move 10-9 up.
Chisnall finished double 18 and 121 to move himself back ahead at 11-10, and also moved 12-11 up as the tension rose in the tie-break.
Norris, though, took the 24th leg on double five, fired home a 109 checkout to break and then finished 100 to secure his first quarter-final at the World Matchplay.
"I'm so pleased to have won that because I always seem to lose to Dave by the odd leg, so I'm very happy to come through a battle like that," said Norris.
"He made a brilliant start and he hurt me with some shots at times, and it was nip and tuck there. In the tie-break maybe I had some extra reserves and I got the job done.
"To be through to the quarter-finals is fantastic. It's going well so far and it's massive for me to be playing in front of great crowds like this.
"My scoring hasn't been great but my finishing - which is usually my downfall - has been great, so hopefully it will all come together in the quarter-finals."
The quarter-finals begin on Thursday with the two matches from the bottom half of the draw, with UK Open champion and number three seed Peter Wright taking on Darren Webster and Austria's Mensur Suljovic up against Northern Irish ace Daryl Gurney.
Following his second round triumph, Van Gerwen is now the 4/11 odds-on favourite with sponsors BetVictor, with Wright the 7/2 second favourite, Taylor a 12/1 chance to win in his final World Matchplay and Gurney a 16/1 shot to claim his maiden TV title.
Lewis and Suljovic are both 18/1 chances to lift the title, with Norris rated at 40/1 and Norwich’s Webster the 80/1 outsider.
BetVictor World Matchplay
Wednesday July 26
4x Second Round
Dave Chisnall 12-14 Alan Norris
Adrian Lewis 11-8 Rob Cross
Phil Taylor 11-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Simon Whitlock
Thursday July 27 (7pm)
Daryl Gurney v Mensur Suljovic
Darren Webster v Peter Wright
Friday July 28 (7pm)
Alan Norris v Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor
Quarter-Finals - Best of 31 legs
4/11 Michael van Gerwen
7/2 Peter Wright
12/1 Phil Taylor
16/1 Daryl Gurney
18/1 Adrian Lewis, Mensur Suljovic
40/1 Alan Norris
80/1 Darren Webster
Quarter-Final Match Odds
8/13 Daryl Gurney v 5/4 Mensur Suljovic
1/7 Peter Wright v 9/2 Darren Webster
1/6 Michael van Gerwen v 4/1 Phil Taylor
4/9 Adrian Lewis v 7/4 Alan Norris
PHIL TAYLOR began his final challenge to win the BetVictor World Matchplay title with a 10-5 win over Gerwyn Price in Blackpool on Sunday night, setting up a second round tie with Raymond van Barneveld.
Taylor, the 15-time World Matchplay champion, is making his final Winter Gardens appearance this week ahead of his impending retirement, and took on the fast-emerging Welshman Price in a potentially tricky first round tie.
Although Taylor took out 106 and 151 as he took an early 3-1 lead, Price powered home a brilliant 170 checkout as he hit back to level, sharing the opening ten legs with the 56-year-old.
An 82 finish saw Taylor edge back ahead, before he punished four misses at tops from Price across the next two legs to crucially move 8-5 up, before a brace of double 16 checkouts sealed the win.
"It was a steady game but I'm through and that's the important thing," said Taylor. "The crowd were great and it was a tough battle.
"Gerwyn's a difficult player to beat. I like him and I want him to carry on because you need players like him, he looks great and he's got character."
Taylor admitted to being emotional as he returned to the venue where he has been most successful, saying: "I felt fine until I got here but then I did an interview with Sky and it got me thinking, and I was nervous.
"I'd love to win this week, of course, and I'll be giving it my best shot but I'm going to go up there and enjoy it too and that makes you more dangerous when you're relaxed.
"I'll get better as each round goes and I can have a day off now and then get ready for the second round."
Taylor now meets great rival Van Barneveld in a tasty second round fixture, after the 2010 finalist fended off Joe Cullen's fightback to claim a 10-8 win.
Cullen's early 150 checkout gave him a 2-1 lead, only for Van Barneveld to post a 124 finish as he won five straight legs to take command at 6-2 before he also moved 8-3 up.
Cullen landed a 180 and a 120 finish as he hit back with a 12-darter and then produced an outstanding 11-dart leg and a 72 finish as he pulled back to 8-6 - but crucially the Bradford youngster missed three darts at tops to cut the gap to one leg.
Van Barneveld posted double 12 to move a leg away from victory, and though Cullen took out 100 and double eight to keep his hopes alive, a miss at double ten for a 140 finish allowed the Dutchman in on double 16 to finally secure the win.
"The first round is always tough and you know what you have to do," said Van Barneveld. "I know how well Joe can play and I'm very happy to win this.
"Being 8-3 doesn't mean you're going to win the game, and Joe played out of his skin in the last few legs.
"Now I can focus on Phil because I wasn't looking that far ahead after the draw came out because I've been pretty vulnerable World Matchplay so I had to make sure I won my first game.
"Phil's been the greatest player in the world for the last two decades. I'm going to work hard for the next two days to prepare for it because Phil never plays badly against me, but I'm better when I know what I have to do."
Dave Chisnall produced a strong finale to come from behind and defeat Mervyn King 10-7 as he moved through to the last 16 in Blackpool.
A tight contest saw the former semi-finalist lead 2-1 early on before Chisnall won three successive legs to move 4-2 up, with King levelling before the St Helens man landed double eight for a 5-4 cushion.
King took out 90 and 64 to edge ahead, only to see Chisnall hit top form with three 180s and a 103 checkout as he won four straight legs to move 9-6 up.
King punished three missed match darts from Chisnall to keep the contest alive with a 180 and double eight, but the three-time quarter-finalist responded with a maximum before taking out 76 to seal the win.
"Mervyn's been playing well so I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn't think it was going to be that tough," said Chisnall.
"We weren't at our best and we both played some sloppy darts, and in the next game I've got to play better. The first round is always my hardest game, so now I can kick on and relax."
Chisnall now meets Alan Norris, who produced some majestic finishing as he came from 3-0 down to defeat Kim Huybrechts 10-6.
Belgian ace Huybrechts, bidding to win his first game at the World Matchplay in six attempts, hit 180s in the opening two legs as well as an 11-darter before taking out double 16 to lead 3-0 with a perfect finishing record.
However, a slip in leg four, where Huybrechts missed a single 20 to set up tops on a 120 finish, allowed Norris in on double eight to get off the mark.
The qualifier then produced a show-stopping 155 combination of treble 19, treble 16 and bullseye to bring the Winter Gardens crowd to its feet, before taking out 85 and 127 to move ahead at 4-3.
He also won the next four legs - punishing missed doubles from Huybrechts on three occasions - to open up an 8-3 lead, before the Dutchman finished 66 and a 13-darter to cut the gap to three legs.
Tops moved Norris to the brink of victory, and though four misses in the next allowed Huybrechts to take out 72 and keep the tie alive, a quartet of missed doubles by the Belgian allowed the Bo'ness-based thrower in on tops to complete the fightback.
"I took a few legs to acclimatise but I hit a couple of big checkouts at the right time to turn it around," said Norris. "I was struggling a bit but the 155 went in perfectly and once I got a foothold my doubles were going in.
"It wasn't my best game but it means everything. It's massive and I can't wait for Wednesday against Dave now."
Daryl Gurney survived missed match darts from Benito van de Pas before he enjoyed his first win on the BetVictor World Matchplay stage with an 11-9 tie-break defeat of the Dutch youngster.
After finding himself 2-1 down in the early stages, Gurney took out a superb 142 finish to level and three further legs to open up a 5-2 cushion.
Van de Pas hit back with two legs before levelling in brilliant fashion with a spectacular 170 checkout, and double eight gave the Dutchman a fourth straight leg and a 6-5 cushion.
The next four legs were shared before Van de Pas edged leg 16 to move 9-7 up, only to miss three match darts at double 16.
Gurney hit the same bed to keep his hopes alive, levelled and then punished further Van de Pas misses in the next two legs as he claimed the tie-break success, setting up a second round tie with Gary Anderson.
"I was lucky there at stages so I'm relieved to get the win," said Gurney. "It's my first win on that stage so it's a tick in the box for me.
"Benito's finishing got him back into the game and his 170 was great. We were both a bit nervous at the end but I'm happy with my performance.
"I'm not out there to make up the numbers, it doesn't matter who I'm playing, I want to beat everybody that's in front of me and I believe I'm throwing well enough to put a good challenge on in this tournament.
"I've dedicated myself this year, my results show that so hopefully that can continue."
Number seven seed Mensur Suljovic marched into round two with a dominant 10-4 win over John Henderson, who failed to recover from seeing the Austrian win the opening five legs without reply.
Henderson staged a mid-game revival to pull back to 5-3, and took out a second 97 checkout of the contest to stay in touch at 7-4, but Suljovic proved too strong before sealing the win with a superb 148 finish.
"I'm very happy," said Suljovic. "I started very well and I was very solid.
"I had some problems with checkouts in the middle of the match, but I am happy to have got the win."
Cristo Reyes made a superb BetVictor World Matchplay debut, averaging over 101 in a 10-3 defeat of Robert Thornton to move through and face Peter Wright in round two.
Reyes, the first Spanish player to compete in the tournament, showed no nerves in an impressive opening at the Winter Gardens, pulling clear to lead 6-1 with the aid of an 11-darter.
Thornton landed tops to win two of the next three as he pulled back to trail 7-3, but Reyes posted maximums in the next two legs before completing a big win on double 16.
"I'm happy that I managed to win and I'm very pleased with how I played because you expect a tighter game against Robert," said Reyes. "It was spectacular, I loved it.
"I know Peter Wright is a very tough player and I'm planning to win the game. All the games against Peter are tough matches so I'm not afraid of him."
Two-time quarter-finalist Justin Pipe sent another seed crashing out as he overcame Jelle Klaasen 10-5, with the Dutchman failing to recover from a slow start.
Pipe hit two 180s in the first three legs as he opened up a 3-0 lead, before back-to-back checkouts of 109 and 120 created a five-leg advantage.
Klaasen hit double eight to win two of the next three, but a 108 finish from Pipe was followed by double 18 as he moved 8-2 up.
Klaasen won three of the next four to threaten a fightback, but a sixth maximum of the contest in leg 15 pushed Pipe first to a finish, before double 16 sealed the qualifier's spot in the second round against Suljovic.
"I'm pleased with that win," said Pipe. "Jelle's been struggling with a wrist injury and I hope he gets 100% fit - we need Jelle up there playing well, and to watch him in full flight is amazing.
"I knew I could hit Jelle quick and hard and I had to do that, so I'm pleased. I really focused on the first five legs. I wanted to win the first session of five legs, so to be 5-0 up put me in a great position."
Pipe - who claimed the final qualifying place earlier this month - added: "This by far is the best World Matchplay line-up ever and it's hard.
"The field of qualifiers has never been stronger, this is my seventh year and it was so massive for me to qualify because it's been so hard.
"I've made a couple of changes to my set-up, I've gone two grams heavier on my barrels and 3mm longer on my stems and they feel balanced and lovely. They feel great and we're ready to go."
The first round concludes on Monday, with a tasty line-up including reigning champion Michael van Gerwen up against Stephen Bunting.
Former finalist Adrian Lewis takes on Steve Beaton, Australian pair Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson face off and Ian White takes on World Matchplay debutant Rob Cross.
BetVictor World Matchplay
Sunday July 23
4x First Round
Jelle Klaasen 5-10 Justin Pipe
Robert Thornton 3-10 Cristo Reyes
Benito van de Pas 9-11 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic 10-4 John Henderson
4x First Round
Dave Chisnall 10-7 Mervyn King
Phil Taylor 10-5 Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld 10-8 Joe Cullen
Kim Huybrechts 6-10 Alan Norris
Monday July 24 (7pm)
4x First Round
Simon Whitlock v Kyle Anderson
Adrian Lewis v Steve Beaton
Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting
Ian White v Rob Cross
Best of 19 legs.