Michael van Gerwen was only Dutchman to make it through to the second round at the prestigious World Matchplay. Three-time world champion, Van Gerwen, struggled against Australian Damon Heta in his first match in Blackpool, England. He won 10-7.
Van Gerwen, 32 years old, started well in Winter Gardens. He led 4-3. However, he then lost 3 legs against the number 45. The Brabander won the game and he scored no less than five points consecutively. He then only missed his sixth match dart.
Van Gerwen will play Ian White (18 years old) in the next round at the World Matchplay. White surprised everyone by winning 10-7 against Daryl Gurney. Gurney reached the quarterfinals of the last World Cup in London.
Van Gerwen, who beat Heta to win the World Matchplay, is now the last Dutchman. Previously, Vincent van der Voort, Dirk van Duijvenbode, Jermaine Wattimena and Danny Noppert were eliminated in succession.
Van Gerwen was twice the World Matchplay winner: in 2015, and 2016. He has not advanced beyond the quarterfinals since then (2017). Simon Whitlock even knocked him out in the second round of last year’s tournament.
After the tournament that was held in secret in Milton Keynes last summer, the World Matchplay opened at Winter Gardens Blackpool. Next Sunday’s final is planned. Dimitri Van Den Bergh, a Belgian, is the current champion.
Matchplay results for the third day of World Matchplay
- Daryl Gurney-Ian White 7-10
- Nathan Aspinall Mervyn King 10-6
- Michael van Gerwen-Damon Heta 10-7
- Gary Anderson-Stephen Bunting 10-5