THE 2018 BetVictor World Matchplay took place from July 21-29 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
BetVictor World Matchplay
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Jeffrey de Zwaan
(16) Adrian Lewis v James Wilson
(8) Dave Chisnall v Keegan Brown
(9) Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton
(5) Daryl Gurney v Steve West
(12) Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
(4) Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting
(13) Raymond van Barneveld v Kyle Anderson
(2) Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen
(15) Kim Huybrechts v John Henderson
(7) Simon Whitlock v Richard North
(10) James Wade v Jermaine Wattimena
(6) Mensur Suljovic v Steve Beaton
(11) Ian White v Max Hopp
(3) Rob Cross v Mervyn King
(14) Darren Webster v Steve Lennon
Schedule of Play
Saturday July 21 (7pm)
Adrian Lewis 10-8 James Wilson
Dave Chisnall 10-4 Keegan Brown
Jeffrey de Zwaan 10-6 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith 10-6 Jonny Clayton
Sunday July 22
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Darren Webster 10-6 Steve Lennon
Ian White 10-7 Max Hopp
Joe Cullen 10-3 Gerwyn Price
Daryl Gurney 12-10 Steve West
Evening Session (7.30pm)
Mensur Suljovic 10-6 Steve Beaton
Gary Anderson 10-7 Stephen Bunting
Rob Cross 10-5 Mervyn King
Raymond van Barneveld 10-6 Kyle Anderson
Monday July 23 (7pm)
Kim Huybrechts 13-12 John Henderson
Simon Whitlock 10-2 Richard North
James Wade 12-10 Jermaine Wattimena
Peter Wright 10-5 Jelle Klaasen
Tuesday July 24 (7pm)
Dave Chisnall 11-8 Michael Smith
Joe Cullen 11-3 Daryl Gurney
Jeffrey de Zwaan 11-9 Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson 11-9 Raymond van Barneveld
Wednesday July 25 (7pm)
Simon Whitlock 11-7 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 11-8 Ian White
Darren Webster 11-8 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 11-5 Kim Huybrechts
Thursday July 26 (7pm)
Jeffrey de Zwaan 16-8 Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson 19-17 Joe Cullen
Friday July 27 (7pm)
Mensur Suljovic 16-10 Darren Webster
Peter Wright 16-5 Simon Whitlock
Saturday July 28 (7pm)
Mensur Suljovic 17-13 Peter Wright
Gary Anderson 17-12 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Sunday July 29 (7pm)
Gary Anderson 21-19 Mensur Suljovic
First Round - Best of 19 legs
Second Round - Best of 21 legs
Quarter-Finals - Best of 31 legs
Semi-Finals - Best of 33 legs
Final - Best of 35 legs
Winner - £115,000
Runner-Up - £55,000
Semi-Finalists - £30,000
Quarter-Finalists - £17,500
Second Round Losers - £11,000
First Round Losers - £7,000
Total - £500,000
GARY ANDERSON was crowned BetVictor World Matchplay champion on Sunday night, defeating Mensur Suljovic 21-19 in a tie-break to lift the Phil Taylor Trophy at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
The Scot scooped the £115,000 title and succeeded Taylor as champion with a resilient display against the plucky Austrian, who led 9-7 at one stage.
Missed doubles in four successive legs allowed Anderson to seize control, and the two-time World Champion held his nerve during a nerve-shattering finale to close out victory in the longest-ever Blackpool final.
Anderson had also landed a brilliant nine-dart finish during his quarter-final win over Joe Cullen, and added to March's UK Open triumph with another big title in his tenth World Matchplay appearance.
"I'm delighted to win this magnificent tournament," said Anderson.
"It was a struggle to win as it always is against Mensur and I think I rode my luck a bit tonight.
"When the bullseye to win it bounced out it was frustrating but I managed to regain my composure to win it.
"It's been nice to see Phil back in Blackpool this week and the crowd have been fantastic.
"This is a special place for me now and I'll look forward to coming back here next year to defend my title."
A high-quality final saw Suljovic lead 1-0 and 2-1 only for Anderson to land six perfect darts in move 3-2 up.
Suljovic posted a pair of 14-darters to regain the edge, before Anderson finished 68 and 84 as he moved ahead 5-4.
An 11-darter saw the Champions League of Darts winner level before he led once more, before Suljovic opened up the first two-leg lead of the final at 9-7 with the aid of a 118 checkout and another 14-darter.
Anderson, though, capitalised on misses from the Austrian in the next four legs as he moved 11-9 up, before extending that advantage to 14-10 despite an 11-dart leg from his opponent.
Suljovic pulled back to 15-13, but Anderson crucially took out 105 and 77 to regain breathing space as he moved to the brink of glory at 17-13.
The Austrian hit back once again to save the game, with five straight legs putting him 18-17 up.
Anderson regained his composure to move 19-18 up, but saw a dart at the bull for the title bounce out as Suljovic kept his hopes alive, only for the Scot to claim the next two legs and seal glory on double ten.
"It was a brilliant feeling to play in this final - it was such a good game," said Suljovic.
"Thank you to everybody for the support, I loved playing here.
"Gary played brilliant, he was the best player in the tournament so it is OK to lose to him - he is a champion and I respect him."