PDC to host WDDA World Matchplay finals in Blackpool

Betfred World Matchplay

Mar 02 2022

The PDC will support the World Disability Darts Association by hosting their 2022 World Matchplay finals on stage at the Betfred World Matchplay.

2022 Betfred World Matchplay tickets on General Sale

Betfred World Matchplay

Feb 10 2022

Tickets for the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay are now on General Sale.

2022 Betfred World Matchplay session times & ticket details confirmed

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Feb 01 2022

Session times and ticket details have been confirmed for the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay.

PDC to introduce eight-player Betfred Women's World Matchplay

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Feb 01 2022

The PDC will stage its first televised women's tournament this summer following the introduction of the Betfred Women's World Matchplay.

2022 Betfred World Matchplay ticket information confirmed

Betfred World Matchplay

Jan 11 2022

Ticket information for the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay has been confirmed ahead of the July tournament.

PDC chairman Hearn announces record prize money for 2022

News

Dec 07 2021

PDC Chairman Eddie Hearn has announced that prize money on the PDC circuit will smash through the £15 million barrier in 2022.

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

Betfred World Matchplay

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

Cazoo World Darts Championship

Jul 26 2021

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

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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