2022 PDC calendar confirmed up to end of October

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Nov 12 2021

The 2022 PDC calendar will see over 150 days of darts played from January to October.

talkSPORT & PDC secure new two-year broadcast deal

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Nov 11 2021

talkSPORT will continue their award-shortlisted coverage of PDC events for at least the next two years under a new broadcast agreement.

Hugely positive response to crowds' return at Betfred World Matchplay

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Aug 11 2021

The return of full crowds to PDC events at the Betfred World Matchplay has been given huge backing from fans who attended the event.

Wright targeting world number one spot before World Championship

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Jul 26 2021

Peter Wright is aiming to head to Alexandra Palace as world number one in December.

Betfred donate £33,000 to The Stroke Association from 2021 World Matchplay

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Jul 26 2021

The Stroke Association will benefit from a £33,000 donation from Betfred following the 2021 Betfred World Matchplay.

Wright outplays Van den Bergh to claim first World Matchplay title

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Jul 25 2021

Tearful Peter Wright claimed Betfred World Matchplay glory on Sunday night.

Wright taking emotion out of clash with lockdown lodger Van den Bergh

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Jul 25 2021

Peter Wright insists he is taking the emotion out of his meeting with Dimitri Van den Bergh in Sunday's World Matchplay final.

Wright & Van den Bergh to meet in final after emotional semi-finals night

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Jul 24 2021

Peter Wright and Dimitri Van den Bergh made it through to the Betfred World Matchplay final.

Wright & Van Gerwen set up tasty Blackpool semi-final clash

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Jul 23 2021

Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen will clash in the Betfred World Matchplay semi-finals.

Aspinall hoping to continue 'childhood dream' against MvG

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Jul 23 2021

Hear from Nathan Aspinall and Michael van Gerwen ahead of their quarter-final clash.

Tearful Peter Wright claimed Betfred World Matchplay glory on Sunday night, ending Dimitri Van den Bergh's hopes of back-to-back titles with a sensational 18-9 triumph in Blackpool.
 
World number two Wright had lost in the Winter Gardens final four years ago, but this time lifted the trophy named in honour of his conqueror in 2017 - Phil Taylor - to cap a memorable tournament.
 
Wright had won through to the final with a stunning defeat of Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals, and treated a capacity Winter Gardens crowd to another superb performance in the final.

"That one was for Jo [Wright's wife]," said an emotional Wright. "She's been through a lot over the last year or so, but she insisted she would be here for the final.

"I’ve backed up what I said to everyone a month back.

"A lot of players have commentated saying I should leave the talking to my darts and that’s what I’ve done.

"I used to watch the World Matchplay as a kid and now my name is on the trophy forever and that’s special.

“It was amazing to lift that trophy in front of this amazing crowd.

“As soon as I walked on, the crowd were behind me and it was a real goosebumps moment, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck."
 
Wright averaged 105.90 in the final and claimed a £150,000 prize, denying Van den Bergh - who spent three months living with his opponent during lockdown in 2020 - the chance to become only the fourth player to retain the title
 
Wright was clinical in punishing early Van den Bergh misses to open up leads of 3-0 and 4-1, before reeling off four straight legs - including breaks of throw in 11 and 12 darts - to move 8-2 up.
 
Van den Bergh stepped in following five uncharacteristic misses from his rival in leg 11, and produced a 12-darter to reduce the gap to 8-4.
 
Wright, though, restored his cushion with a 13-dart leg and produced a ten-darter to move 10-4 up and close in on glory.
 
Van den Bergh rallied, finishing 87, 96 and 84 in winning four of the next six to pull back to 12-8, only for an 11-darter from Wright to halt his momentum.
 
The Scot then took out 62 to lead 14-8 and punished misses from the reigning champion in the next two legs as he edged clear.

After Wright then took out 84 on the bull to create a 17-8 cushion, Van den Bergh landed the game's only ton-plus checkout of 105, but it proved to be only a consolation as Wright sealed the deal with a 13-dart leg on double nine.
 
Van den Bergh picked up £70,000 as runner-up following a stout defence of his title, which included a victory over World Champion Gerwyn Price and a second round record 14 180s in his defeat of Dave Chisnall.

The popular Belgian remained upbeat despite a frustrating final, with his run on his Winter Gardens debut seeing him become just the second player in the tournament's history to reach the final in his first two World Matchplay appearances.

"Every game I’ve played, I’ve dug deep and played my best but tonight Peter was just outstanding," said Van den Bergh.

"Of course it was a disappointment [to lose] but I can say that I gave everything and never gave up.

"I said to Peter that I’ll be back stronger. I’m number five in the world and I’m only 27, so I’ve got time on my side."

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