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World Matchplay Darts: Peter Wright and Dimitri Van den Bergh both win but Jonny Clayton is dumped out | Darts News


Peter Wright begins the defense of his World Matchplay title with victory over Madars Razma, as debutant Rowby-John Rodriguez dumps out eighth seed Jonny Clayton on a thrilling opening night at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool; watch every dart live on Sky Sports

Last Updated: 17/07/22 12:23am

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A look back at the best checkouts from Day One of the World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool

A look back at the best checkouts from Day One of the World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool

Defending champion Peter Wright and Dimitri Van den Bergh eased through on opening night at the World Matchplay in Blackpool but Jonny Clayton became the first big casualty to fall.

Wright began his defense of the Phil Taylor Trophy with a comfortable victory against Latvian debutant Madars Razma before declaring that he was going to retain his title.

Meanwhile, 2020 champion Van den Bergh enjoyed a resounding win against Callan Rydz, while ‘The Polish Eagle’ Krzysztof Ratajski defeated Stephen Bunting.

But five-time televised title winner Clayton saw his Blackpool dreams washed away at sea for another year as enigmatic Austrian debutant Rowby-John Rodriguez defeated ‘The Ferret’ with an impressive performance on the Winter Gardens stage.

Saturday, July 16 – Results

First Round Krzysztof Ratajski 10-6 Stephen Bunting
Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-2 Callan Rydz
Peter Wright 10-4 Madars Razma
Johnny Clayton 7-10 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Rowby-John Rodriguez says he's confident he can beat anyone in his current form at this year's World Matchplay

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Rowby-John Rodriguez says he’s confident he can beat anyone in his current form at this year’s World Matchplay

Rowby-John Rodriguez says he’s confident he can beat anyone in his current form at this year’s World Matchplay

Rodriguez delivered the performance of the night, averaging 99 to complete a 10-7 success against Clayton, who became the first seed to exit the tournament in the first round for the fourth time in five appearances.

Rodriguez, the world No. 73, built momentum after a bright start, opening up a 5-3 lead.

Clayton stopped the rot with a superb 130 finish in leg nine, but that was usurped by a stunning 156 finish from Rodriguez moments later, who then held a throw in leg 11 to establish a three-leg buffer.

Rodriguez landed this incredible 156 checkout on his way to a famous win

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Rodriguez landed this incredible 156 checkout on his way to a famous win

Rodriguez landed this incredible 156 checkout on his way to a famous win

The Welshman continued to battle away valiantly, and although Rodriguez spurned two match darts, the former World Cup runner-up hit back with a tidy 13-dart hold to seal the deal.

“I am confident. I’m in really good form at the moment, and in my mind I can beat anybody,” claimed Rodriguez, who will take on Van den Bergh in a mouth-watering last-16 tie.

“Dimitri is one of my best friends. We will have a great game, and the better player will win on the day.”

Peter Wright sent out a strong message to his competitors following his victory over Madars Razma

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Peter Wright sent out a strong message to his competitors following his victory over Madars Razma

Peter Wright sent out a strong message to his competitors following his victory over Madars Razma

Wright, who is aiming to become just the fourth player in World Matchplay history to retain the coveted Phil Taylor Trophy, eased through to round two with a routine 10-4 win over debutant Razma.

The world No. 1 punished a sluggish start from the Latvian to race into a 5-0 lead, landing a brace of 13-darters and converting a clinical tone during the opening session.

Wright, who averaged 97.42 and fired in seven 180s, stretched his lead to 8-2 before Razma hit back with consecutive 14-darters, but a sublime 157 checkout in the penultimate leg catapulted him to a place in the last 16.

Wright inched closer to victory with his huge 157 checkout

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Wright inched closer to victory with his huge 157 checkout

Wright inched closer to victory with his huge 157 checkout

“The crowd was fantastic, and it’s great to be back at the Winter Gardens,” said Wright, who now plays Krzysztof Ratajski for a place in the quarter-finals.

“There are loads more 180s to come, maybe nine-darters as well. I believe I will win it again.

“Krzysztof is a fantastic player, but it doesn’t matter what player turns up, they’ve got to be consistent from the first leg until the last, and there’s not many players in this tournament that can do that.”

Van den Bergh sent out a statement to his title rivals at the Winter Gardens, empowering past Rydz to kick off his bid for a second World Matchplay crown.

The 2020 champion – a runner-up 12 months ago – landed a World Series of Darts double in Copenhagen and Amsterdam last month, and he maintained that sparkling form with an emphatic 10-2 victory over last year’s quarter-finalist Rydz.

Dimitri Van den Bergh completed a 10-2 drubbing against Callan Rydz with this magnificent 137 checkout

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Dimitri Van den Bergh completed a 10-2 drubbing against Callan Rydz with this magnificent 137 checkout

Dimitri Van den Bergh completed a 10-2 drubbing against Callan Rydz with this magnificent 137 checkout

A 116 finish from Van den Bergh in leg seven sparked a run of six consecutive legs, before the ninth seed sealed his progress with a spectacular 137 finish.

“I’m very proud of the way I played today, especially with the level of the opponent I was up against,” said the Belgian, who averaged 100 and converted 71 percent of his attempts at double.

“The crowd are amazing. Every time I hear them singing my name, it makes me so happy. I’m here to do a job, I’m here to chase my dream, and I can’t wait for my next match.”

Sunday, July 17 – First Round Fixtures

Afternoon Session Dirk van Duijvenbode vs Ryan Searle
Danny Noppert vs Brendan Dolan
Gary Anderson vs Daryl Gurney
Michael Smith vs Andrew Gilding

A look back at some of the most memorable moments in the career of the legendary darts commentator John Gwynne, who sadly died last week at the age of 77

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A look back at some of the most memorable moments in the career of the legendary darts commentator John Gwynne, who sadly died last week at the age of 77

A look back at some of the most memorable moments in the career of the legendary darts commentator John Gwynne, who sadly died last week at the age of 77

Sunday, July 17 – First Round Fixtures

Evening Session Joe Cullen vs Damon Heta
James Wade vs Martin Lukeman
Michael van Gerwen vs Adrian Lewis
Luke Humphries vs Nathan Aspinall

In Saturday’s opening match, Ratajski, who reached the semi-finals last year, opened this year’s tournament with an impressive 10-6 win over former Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting.

“It was a good game. Stephen put me under pressure throughout, but I’m really happy,” reflected Ratajski, who averaged 98.43 to continue his impressive record at the Winter Gardens.

“I feel really good and now I am playing at a high level. I believe I can play much better, and I expect to produce this in the next few matches.”

Check out daily Darts news on skysports.com/dartsour app for mobile devices and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts. You can watch the World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool – live on Sky Sports over the next nine days.





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