Betfred World Matchplay
Peter Wright won his first World Matchplay title with an impressive 18-9 win over defending champion Dimitri van den Bergh on Sunday night from an emotional Blackpool.
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.
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, through, 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.
Sunday July 25th (20.30 BST)
Dimitri van den Bergh 9-18 Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price 10-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Jonny Clayton 10-7 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-5 Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Vincent van der Voort
James Wade 3-10 Luke Humphries
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-4 Brendan Dolan
Rob Cross 10-8 Ross Smith
Glen Durrant 6-10 Callan Rydz
Peter Wright 10-2 Danny Noppert
Joe Cullen 10-8 Chris Dobey
Michael Smith 10-7 Ryan Searle
Jose de Sousa 10-2 Gabriel Clemens
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Damon Heta
Daryl Gurney 7-10 Ian White
Gary Anderson 10-5 Stephen Bunting
Nathan Aspinall 10-6 Mervyn King
Gerwyn Price 11-3 Jonny Clayton
Dimitri Van den Bergh 11-8 Dave Chisnall
Luke Humphries 5-11 Krzysztof Ratajski
Rob Cross 8-11 Callan Rydz
Peter Wright 11-5 Joe Cullen
Michael Smith 13-11 Jose de Sousa
Michael van Gerwen 11-8 Ian White
Gary Anderson 9-11 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 9-16 Dimitri van den Bergh
Krzysztof Ratajski 16-8 Callan Rydz
Peter Wright 16-7 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 16-9 Nathan Aspinall
Dimitri van den Bergh 17-9 Krzysztof Ratajski
Peter Wright 17-10 Michael van Gerwen