Darts World Matchplay 2014: Tracking Results, Standings, Updated Draw, Fixtures

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2014

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MAY 28:  (L-R) Simon Whitlock, Phil Taylor and Michael Van Gerwen are pictured during the draw ceremony for the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters to reveal the Quarter Final matches at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Irish Village, on May 28, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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The best darts players in the world have travelled to Blackpool for the 2014 BetVictor World Matchplay, one of the biggest events on the darts calendar.

Phil Taylor will defend his title against a stacked field of competitors, with Michael van Gerwen expected to be his main rival for the title and the £100,000 reward waiting for the victor.

The Power hasn't been at his best in 2014 but often comes through when he has his back against the wall, so expect plenty of excitement over the course of the next week.

All statistics are courtesy of PDC.tv.

 

Monday Update

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MAY 30:  Adrian Lewis of England plays against Michael Van Grewen of the Netherlands during the 2014 Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters Semi-Final match at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Irish Village on May 30, 2014 in Dubai, Un
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Monday saw the conclusion of the 2014 World Matchplay's opening round, with Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson among the biggest names stepping up to the plate.

Fans in Blackpool came to see high scores, and that's exactly what they got. Monday's action was fast and furious, and the event saw its very first whitewash.

2014 World Matchplay Results
WinnerLoserScore
Stephen BuntingPeter Wright10-6
Mervyn KingKim Huybrechts10-4
Adrian LewisAndrew Gilding10-0
Gary AndersonJamie Caven10-8
PDC.tv

The opening fixture between Peter Wright and Stephen Bunting promised to be the most evenly matched, the latter winning 10-6 to advance to the next round. The PDC's official Twitter account shared the result:

Bunting took an early lead, taking advantage of some sloppy play from Wright, and the Lakeside champion never looked back. In truth, it was a very nervy match, with both players routinely missing doubles.

Bunting later told Live Darts he didn't feel comfortable:

Mervyn King easily handled the challenge from the much younger Kim Huybrechts, averaging 101 on his way to an easy 10-4 win. The King established a two-leg lead in the seventh leg, after which he stepped on the accelerator.

His efficiency on the double was impressive, finishing north of 50 percent and stealing a lot of close legs from under the nose of his Belgian challenger.

Lewis took on Andrew Gilding in the next match, and Jackpot undoubtedly put together the performance on the night. The favourite won the bull, threw first and only needed 10 legs to get past his opponent, per the PDC:

It must have been a nightmare scenario for newcomer Gilding, but as shared by Live Darts, the numbers were truly phenomenal:

An average of 110.5 is simply staggering, and Gilding would have been the favourite to win in most of the first-round fixtures with his own average of 92.55. But there was simply no stopping Jackpot, whose performance was nearly flawless.

Anderson needed to go deep to get past Jamie Caven in the final match of the night, winning 10-8.

Caven didn't trail until the 15th leg, but after performing admirably on the doubles in the first part of the match, his finishing suddenly failed him. The Flying Scotsman is one of the most experienced players in the PDC, and he gladly took advantage of Caven's struggles.

2014 World Matchplay Second-Round Schedule
DateMatch
Tuesday July 22Andy Hamilton v Dave Chisnall
Tuesday July 22James Wade v Richie Burnett
Tuesday July 22Michael van Gerwen v Ian White
Tuesday July 22Simon Whitlock v Raymond van Barneveld
Wednesday July 23Paul Nicholson v Wes Newton
Wednesday July 23Stephen Bunting v Gary Anderson
Wednesday July 23Phil Taylor v Michael Smith
Wednesday July 23Adrian Lewis v Mervyn King
PDC.tv

The first round of the 2014 World Matchplay concluded in epic fashion, and with the exception of World Championship finalist Wright, all of the big names did what they were expected to do.

Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor were undoubtedly the standout performers of the first round, and they'll be looking to build on those performances when play resumes on Tuesday.

 

Sunday Update

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MAY 29:  Phil Taylor of England plays against Peter Wright of England  during the 2014 Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters Quarter-Final match at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Irish Village on May 29, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab E
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Eight matches were scheduled to be played on Sunday, divided into two sessions. Dave Chisnall, Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld were the big stars people were looking forward to seeing, all three having an excellent chance of winning the World Matchplay tournament.

The full results from Sunday's action:

2014 World Matchplay Round 1 Results
MatchResult
Dave Chisnall v Dean WinstanleyChisnall won, 10-4
Brendan Dolan v Richie BurnettBurnett won, 10-4
Robert Thornton v Paul NicholsonNicholson won, 10-8
Andy Hamilton v Wayne JonesHamilton won, 10-3
Justin Pipe v Michael SmithSmith won, 10-8
Wes Newton v Ronnie BaxterNewton won, 11-9
Phil Taylor v Darren WebsterTaylor won, 10-4
Raymond van Barneveld v Vincent van der VoortVan Barneveld won, 10-4
PDC.tv

Chisnall started his tournament in spectacular fashion, easily dispatching of Dean Winstanley 10-4 to advance to the second round.

Chizzy came out strong and took a 5-1 lead in the blink of an eye, averaging a solid 98.96 and taking advantage of any mistakes his opponent made. Winstanley fought back to 6-4 as Chisnall suddenly started missing darts, but the experienced Englishman soon restored order.

As expected, the crowd were excited to see one of the favourites advance, as shared by PDC Darts:

The afternoon session was hardly exciting, with three out of four matches turning into one-sided affairs. The fans saw Richie Burnett and Andy Hamilton win comfortably, and Paul Nicholson left it late to get past Robert Thornton.

The seeded Thornton finished his match with a higher average (97.06 v 94.95) and the advantage in checkout percentage ( 47 percent v 38 percent), yet he somehow found a way to lose. SportsPage180 couldn't believe it:

The evening session is what everyone had been looking forward to all along, and it didn't disappoint. Justin Pipe and Michael Smith had a close match, with the latter hitting the 180-mark seven times on his way to a close win, and this great match was followed by the day's first session to go to overtime.

Ronnie Baxter led Wes Newton 5-8 at one point, but The Warrior battled his way back into the match, forcing the tiebreak at 9-9 and taking full advantage of Baxter's inability to finish breaks.

The match was made great by sloppy play from both darters, as neither finished with a checkout percentage over 30 percent. In the end, it was Newton who controlled his nerves better, as evidenced by a sensational 144 checkout, per Live Darts:

Taylor was next, and The Power had little difficulty getting past Darren Webster. Ranked second in the world, Taylor has had an up-and-down season in 2014, but it was all up on Sunday.

PDC's Krispy Brown was impressed:

The Power, playing with new titanium stems in his darts, gave up the opening leg despite landing a 177, but he quickly restored order. He came agonisingly close to a nine-darter in the seventh leg and ran the score up to 7-2 before settling down a bit.

Taylor hit a bull, bull, double 16 checkout to move within one leg of advancing and punished a mistake from Webster in the final leg, booking his ticket to the next round.

The night's final match was an all-Dutch affair between close friends Van Barneveld and Vincent van der Voort, and after three slow legs, both started hitting their groove. The 180s started flying, but Van Barneveld proved to be the better finisher to the frustration of his compatriot.

PDC Darts World could see the inevitable end coming:

Facing a huge 8-2 deficit, Van Der Voort's body language made it clear he just wanted to get off the stage, and the final score of 10-4 was an accurate reflection of the form of both players.

Barney routinely found the top of the board and did an excellent job overcoming mistakes on the doubles, and he'll need to keep up his stellar play when he faces Simon Whitlock in the next round.

2014 World Matchplay Schedule: Monday
MatchDateTime
Peter Wright vs. Stephen BuntingMonday, July 217 p.m. BST
Mervyn King vs. Kim HuybrechtsMonday, July 218 p.m. BST
Adrian Lewis vs. Andrew GildingMonday, July 219 p.m. BST
Gary Anderson vs. Jamie CavenMonday, July 2110 p.m. BST
PDC.tv

Monday will see the conclusion of the opening round of the 2014 World Matchplay, and several more top darters will kick off their tournament. Peter Wright and Stephen Bunting will open the day in the most anticipated match, with Kim Huybrechts, Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson also in action later in the evening.

Reigning champion Taylor and challengers Michael van Gerwen and Van Barneveld already did their part, so the pressure will be on the other seeded players to step up to the plate.

 

Saturday Update

The 2014 BetVictor World Matchplay Darts tournament was given a great start by two enthralling matches. The first was between Ian White and Terry Jenkins, and then came a thrilling scrap between Simon Whitlock and Kevin Painter.

These encounters perfectly set the stage for world No.1 Michael van Gerwen. The unerringly accurate Dutchman endured a tough struggle to overcome familiar foe Steve Beaton.

Here are the full results from the first day of tournament play at Blackpool's Winter Gardens. All match information and statistics via PDC.TV, unless otherwise stated.

Opening Results from 2014 World Matchplay
MatchResult
Ian White vs. Terry JenkinsWhite Won 10-4
Simon Whitlock vs. Kevin PainterWhitlock Won 10-6
Michael van Gerwen vs. Steve BeatonVan Gerwen Won 10-7
James Wade vs. Andy SmithWade Won 10-5
PDC.tv

There was plenty of individual brilliance on display during Whitlock's gruelling battle to overcome Painter. Whitlock had staked himself into a three-leg lead before a furious comeback from Painter.

The revival was sparked by a 180 during the fourth leg, as both players had been guilty of missing easy throws at tops. Painter eventually moved 4-3 in front, but Whitlock soon regained a vital measure of composure.

Trailing 4-5, Whitlock won four in quick succession. The Australian claimed five of the last six legs, producing three 180s in the process.

Earlier, White built a 3-1 lead over Jenkins with some impressive initial scoring, hitting 180 and 160 in consecutive legs. Despite a very minor wobble late on, White stayed in control to claim victory.

He finished the match as impressively as he had begun it, as Sky Sports reporter Paul Higham detailed:

White kicked off with the first of his four 180s and his average never fell below three figures from there on in, ending on 101 and with some deadly finishing that saw him miss just four doubles with a best outshot of 160.

Things weren't quite as comfortable for Van Gerwen. He was pushed to his limit by a plucky Beaton, before eventually winning by a narrow margin:

Van Gerwen was not as sharp and efficient as usual. His aim was off several times during the match, most notably when he squandered a quartet of chances to strike doubles during the fourth leg.

Meanwhile, James Wade survived an erratic performance to see off Andy Smith. Wade had got off to a very quick start, building a 6-1 lead.

However, complacency and a fair degree of sluggishness soon crept into Wade's game. Smith capitalised and rallied to take the match to 6-3.

That was Wade's cue to wake up and produce a fast and strong finish.

 

Updated Draw

White's reward for his opening night heroics is a meeting with Van Gerwen in the next stage. The Dutchman will certainly need a steadier hand and cooler mind than he displayed against Beaton.

Van Barneveld could face Whitlock in Round 2.
Van Barneveld could face Whitlock in Round 2.John Gichigi/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Whitlock has set up the possibility of an enticing encounter with Van Gerwen's fellow countryman, Raymond van Barneveld. That's assuming Van Barneveld makes it past another Dutchman, Vincent van der Voort.

As for Smith, he'll be keenly watching events unfold between Northern Ireland's Brendan Dolan and Welshman Richie Burnett.

For a full look at the updated draw and overall tournament standings and bracket, visit OddsPortal.com.

 

Fixtures

While anticipation for the next round is building among tonight's four winners, there are still 12 more first-round matches to play. One of the highlights will be the start of Phil Taylor's attempt to win a 15th title at the Winter Gardens.

Taylor is under a lot of pressure in Blackpool.
Taylor is under a lot of pressure in Blackpool.Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

It's been a rough year by Taylor's usually dominant standards, as Sky Sports has noted:

The Englishman has been knocked from the top of the PDC Order of Merit this year and has also seen the World Championship, UK Open and Premier League Darts titles slip from his grasp - but is in confident mood ahead of his return to Blackpool.

Taylor begins his bid for a 15th crown against Darren Webster. Here's the full fixture list for the remaining games of the first round:

 

2014 World Matchplay Remaining Round 1 Fixtures
MatchDateStart Time
Dave Chisnall vs. Dean WinstanleySunday, July 201 p.m. BST
Brendan Dolan vs. Richie BurnettSunday, July 202 p.m. BST
Robert Thornton vs. Paul NicholsonSunday, July 203 p.m. BST
Andy Hamilton vs. Wayne JonesSunday, July 204 p.m. BST
Justin Pipe vs. Michael SmithSunday, July 207 p.m. BST
Wes Newton vs. Ronnie BaxterSunday, July 208 p.m. BST
Phil Taylor vs. Darren WebsterSunday, July 209 p.m. BST
Raymond van Barneveld vs. Vincent van der VoortSunday, July 2010 p.m. BST
Peter Wright vs. Stephen BuntingMonday, July 217 p.m. BST
Mervyn King vs. Kim HuybrechtsMonday, July 218 p.m. BST
Adrian Lewis vs. Andrew GildingMonday, July 219 p.m. BST
Gary Anderson vs. Jamie CavenMonday, July 2110 p.m. BST
SkyBet.com

All eyes will be on Taylor as he attempts to show he's still the standard bearer for fast-paced tournament play. But expect Van Barneveld to also garner plenty of interest as another viable contender to Van Gerwen's chances of capturing the trophy.