2020 BETFRED WORLD MATCHPLAY TO TAKE PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Day 3 of the 2020 World Matchplay takes place at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

Last night was another enthralling action of darts. First, Mensur Suljovic came from behind to defeat Jamie Hughes in extra time. Then, Glen Durrant produced a top quality performance to sweep aside Jeffrey de Zwaan. After that, Rob Cross’ reign as World Matchplay champion ended swiftly after losing to Germany’s Gabriel Clemens, making Cross the second defending champion to lose at the first hurdle. Then, it looked like that the reigning world champion Peter Wright was going out early after trailing Portugal’s Jose De Sousa 8-5, but a late ditching of the specs helped him fight back to seal a dramatic win, and finally Michael Smith proved too strong for Jonny Clayton, as the St Helens thrower produced a dominant display to make it through to Round 2.

Coming up on Day 3, multiple major runner up Dave Chisnall faces the 2007 UK Open runner up vincent Van der Voort, Stoke’s Ian White will face Bradford’s Joe Cullen in a repeat of last year’s first round match, former World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals winner Daryl Gurney faces fast throwing Ricky Evans in another repeat of last year’s first round, reigning back to back Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price takes on former world finalist Danny Noppert and to end it all, we have a clash of world champions with Adrian Lewis taking on Steve Beaton.

Will drama will tonight have instore of us?

Day 3 – Schedule of Play

Dave Chisnall 6-10 Vincent van der Voort
Ian White 12-13 Joe Cullen
Daryl Gurney 10-5 Ricky Evans
Gerwyn Price 7-10 Danny Noppert
Adrian Lewis 11-9 Steve Beaton

Matches are the best of 19 legs with each game must be won by two clear legs, with up to a maximum of five additional legs being played before the sixth additional leg is sudden-death. Should the match reach 12-12, then the 25th leg would be the final and deciding leg.

Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort

Leg 1

Van der Voort nearly starts the action with a bang, but misses bull for a 164 finish! Chisnall then misses tops and tens on 61 and Van der Voort lands double 8 for a 14 darter against the throw! Chisnall 0-1 Van der Voort.

Leg 2

Hard lines for Chisnall as he misses double 12 for a 138 checkout, but returns after Van der Voort misses tops on 80. Chisnall’s doubles continue to toil as he misses three at 12’s and 6’s, and Van der Voort returns to double his lead on double 10. Chisnall 0-2 Van der Voort.

Leg 3

Both players put in their first 180’s of the game. However it’s Van der Voort who trebles his advantage thanks to a 56 finish on double 10. Chisnall 0-3 Van der Voort.

Leg 4

Much more like it from Chisnall as he fires in three 140’s in a row and he goes on to take out 81 on the bull to finally get on the board. 12 dart for Chizzy! Chisnall 1-3 Van der Voort.

Leg 5

Chisnall is settled into his stride now and he takes out 68 on tops to go into the first break a leg down. Chisnall 2-3 Van der Voort.

Leg 6

Chisnall puts in his second maximum of the game and from being three down not long ago. he’s now level thanks to a brilliant 130 checkout on the bull. Chisnall 3-3 Van der Voort.

Leg 7

A second 180 is in the pocket for Van der Voort, but he misses double 16 and double 8 to retake the lead. Chisnall gives him another chance after missing two at tops, but Van der Voort misses three more darts at 8’s and 4’s. Chisnall doesn’t give him a second chance this time as he lands double 10 to move infront for the first time in the match. Chisnall 4-3 Van der Voort.

Leg 8

Both players trade maximums before Van der Voort finally stops the rot with a 12 darter and an 84 finish on double 12. Chisnall 4-4 Van der Voort.

Leg 9

Chisnall begins the leg with his fourth maximum and he duly retakes the lead, thanks to a 13 darter on tops. Chisnall 5-4 Van der Voort.

Leg 10

Chisnall misses tops and tens for a two leg advantage and Van der Voort steps in to put away tops with the second dart to go level at the second break. Chisnall 5-5 Van der Voort.

Leg 11

Van der Voort puts in his fourth maximum of the match, but it’s Chisnall who moves back ahead after taking out 42 with double 16 last dart, after Van der Voort hit the wrong treble when trying to take out 93. Chisnall 6-5 Van der Voort.

Leg 12

Van der Voort piles in his fifth maximum to leave 106. He misses double 18 for that very finish, then misses two at double 18 and one at double 9 at the next visit. He does eventually kill it off with the latter and it’s level again. Chisnall 6-6 Van der Voort.

Leg 13

Superb from Van der Voort as he hits his sixth 180 to leave 101 and the Dutchman takes it out on double 16, for a 12 dart break and to move back ahead since the fifth leg! Chisnall 6-7 Van der Voort.

Leg 14

Chisnall nails his fifth maximum, but Van der Voort gets first chance at the double and misses tops for a 62 finish. He returns to hit double 10 second dart and opens up a two leg gap over Chisnall. Chisnall 6-8 Van der Voort.

Leg 15

Van der Voort opens up the leg with five perfect darts and he goes on to take out 46 on tops to move within a leg of the second round. The Dutchman has turned on the fire! Chisnall 6-9 Van der Voort.

Leg 16

Van der Voort races away to leave 36 after 15 darts and the Dutchman picks it out with the second dart to send Chisnall packing and to book his spot in Round 2. It was topsy turvy, but a five leg burst did the job for the Dutchman. It’s his first win at the Matchplay since 2011.

Final Score: Dave Chisnall 6-10 Vincent Van der Voort.

Ian White v Joe Cullen

Leg 1

White misses bull for a 128 finish and then misses darts at double 8 and double 4. Cullen steps in to slot in tops to ensure that there will be no whitewash this time around. White 0-1 Cullen.

Leg 2

Cullen hits the first 180 of the match to leave 51 and he duly takes it out in two for a 14 darter to double his lead. White 0-2 Cullen.

Leg 3

Cullen’s fast start continues as he takes out double 14 for a three leg lead against White. White 0-3 Cullen.

Leg 4

Both players trade maximums before White slots in tops second dart for a 14 darter to finally get on the scoresheet. White 1-3 Cullen.

Leg 5

White begins the leg with his second maximum and the man from Stoke piles in an excellent 118 checkout on tops to cut the gap to one at the first break. White 2-3 Cullen.

Leg 6

White is level after blasting in a stunning 151 checkout on tops for a 12 dart kill. White 3-3 Cullen.

Leg 7

Cullen hits his third 180 to leave 88, before he misses double 7 for that very finish. White misses tops for a 77 finish to take the lead and Cullen find double 7 first dart to stop White’s surge and to regain the lead. White 3-4 Cullen.

Leg 8

White finds his third maximum, before missing double 16 for a 107 finish. He returns to pick out double 8 with the last dart in hand and the contest is level once more. White 4-4 Cullen.

Leg 9

Both players trade maximums before White misses double 11 for a 142 finish. He returns to land double 4 and he takes the lead for the very first time in the match. White 5-4 Cullen.

Leg 10

Cullen misses tops, tens and fives to level, but he gets another chance after White makes a meal of the 80 finish. Cullen wastes more chances at double 2 and double 1, which White then puts away a 41 checkout on tops and he has a two leg advantage at the second interval. White 6-4 Cullen.

Leg 11

White hits two 180’s to leave 84 after 9 darts. He misses double 8 for it but returns to land double 4 first dart and he moves three clear of Cullen. Four on the spin for ‘The Diamond’. White 7-4 Cullen.

Leg 12

White makes it five legs in a row, after taking out a 100 finish on double 10. White 8-4 Cullen.

Leg 13

Hope for Cullen as he takes out a superb 95 finish, going 19, D19, D19! He stops the rot and there’s still life in this game. White 8-5 Cullen.

Leg 14

White misses bull for a 127 finish and moments later Cullen misses tops for a 160 finish. White then misses two darts at double 8 to move within one of glory and Cullen lands double 10 with the second dart and he closes the gap to two! White 8-6 Cullen.

Leg 15

White lands his seventh 180 to leave 141, but misses double 12! And Cullen increases the pressure on him after taking out a 98 finish on double 12 to move within one. Excellent response from Cullen! White 8-7 Cullen.

Leg 16

White misses bull for a 161 finish, but then Cullen misses tops and tens for a 60 finish. White hits the 13 when trying to hit double 4 and Cullen finds double 10 last dart to level up this match!!! White 8-8 Cullen.

Leg 17

Cullen hits his fifth 180 to leave 41 and he duly takes it out in two for an 11 darter and from 8-4 behind, Cullen leads! White 8-9 Cullen.

Leg 18

Excellent character and nerve from White as he lands an 89 finish on the bull, to take this match into extra time. White 9-9 Cullen.

Leg 19 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Cullen misses double 16 for a 72 finish, but takes it out first dart in the next to edge ahead. White 9-10 Cullen.

Leg 20 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Ice cool from White as he takes out 50 on tops under pressure to keep this match going. Cullen was left waiting on double 10, but never got a chance. White 10-10 Cullen.

Leg 21 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Cullen misses two darts at double 16, before planting it next visit after White missed the bull by a mile, when trying to take out 87. White 10-11 Cullen.

Leg 22 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Cullen misses a match dart at double 10 for an 82 finish and White slots in an ice cool 70 finish on tops to level the match once more. Are we heading to sudden death? White 11-11 Cullen.

Leg 23 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Cullen moves a leg from the win again, after taking out 66 on double 12. White 11-12 Cullen.

Leg 24 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

White misses tops for a 116 finish but returns to land double 10 after Cullen missed two match darts at double 19 on 95! SUDDEN DEATH TIME! White 12-12 Cullen.

Leg 25 (Sudden Death)

Cullen misses two more match darts at double 16 on 71, BUT HE EVENTUALLY LANDS IT IN THE NEXT VISIT TO WIN IN A THRILLER! He trailed 8-4 at one stage but he never gave up and he rewards himself with a place in the second round. White will feel hurt to have lost that one!

Some way for Joe to avenge a 10-0 loss to White last year.

Final Score: Ian White 12-13 Joe Cullen.

Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans

Leg 1

Gurney hits the first 180 of the game, but suffers a cruel bounce out on tops which allows Evans to clear up with 52 on the same bed for the first leg. Gurney 0-1 Evans.

Leg 2

Gurney makes it two 180’s in as many legs, before missing double 10 for a 98 finish. He returns to hit tens first dart next visit for a 13 dart leveller. Gurney 1-1 Evans.

Leg 3

Evans moves back ahead after picking out double 16. Gurney 1-2 Evans.

Leg 4

Gurney begins the leg with his third 180 and he goes on to nail double 8 last dart for another strong hold of throw. Gurney 2-2 Evans.

Leg 5

It’s another hold of throw as Evans takes out 45 on double 16 to gain the advantage at the first break. Gurney 2-3 Evans.

Leg 6

Evans finds his first maximum of the game, but then misses tops for an 80 finish to break and Gurney takes out 60 on tops, to save his throw. Gurney 3-3 Evans.

Leg 7

Evans hits his second 180 in as many legs and then edges his nose infront once more, thanks to a 63 finish on tops. Gurney 3-4 Evans.

Leg 8

Gurney nails his fourth maximum and then completes a 13 darter on tops, to make it eight successive holds of throw in this match. Gurney 4-4 Evans.

Leg 9

Evans tucks home his third 180 and then takes out 65 on double 6 to regain the advantage. Gurney 4-5 Evans.

Leg 10

Gurney misses two darts at tops for a 56 finish, but he returns to land double 10 to go level into the second break, after Evans makes a mess on 89. Gurney 5-5 Evans.

Leg 11

Gurney misses tops for a 76 finish, but two surprising misses at double from Evans gives Gurney another chance, and he lands double 10 for the first break of throw in the match (with it the lead). Gurney 6-5 Evans.

Leg 12

Gurney begins the leg with four perfect darts and he goes on to take out 60 on double 10 to open up a two leg gap on Evans. Gurney 7-5 Evans.

Leg 13

Evans misses two darts at double 16 for an 83 finish and Gurney lands double 10 again to move three clear. Gurney 8-5 Evans.

Leg 14

Gurney misses double 16 for a 64 finish, but then Evans lands his fourth 180 to leave 63. However it’s to no avail as Gurney lands double 16 to move within one of victory! Gurney 9-5 Evans.

Leg 15

Evans misses two darts at double 18 for a 96 finish to stay alive and Gurney seals the match with double 16, and he’s into the second round after winning six on the spin from 5-4 down. He faces Vincent van der Voort in Round 2.

Final Score: Daryl Gurney 10-5 Ricky Evans.

Gerwyn Price v Danny Noppert

Leg 1

A fine start from Price, as he lands a 114 finish on tops for the early lead. Price 1-0 Noppert.

Leg 2

Noppert nails the first 180 of the game and then he takes out 56 on tops to level it up. Price 1-1 Noppert.

Leg 3

Early trouble for Price as Noppert gets the first break, thanks to a 14 darter and an 80 finish on double 10! Price 1-2 Noppert.

Leg 4

Noppert misses tops and tens, but eventually lands double 5 to move two clear of the world number 3! Price 1-3 Noppert.

Leg 5

Price misses the bull for a 90 finish, but Noppert wastes a golden chance to move three clear after missing double 4 and double 2 for a 68 finish. Price then picks out double 15 for an important hold and to go one behind at the first break. Price 2-3 Noppert.

Leg 6

Price misses tops for a 95 finish to level and Noppert punishes with a 58 checkout on the same double to restore his two leg gap. Price 2-4 Noppert.

Leg 7

Both players trade maximums before Price slams in a beautiful 122 checkout on the bull to go one behind of Noppert again. Price 3-4 Noppert.

Leg 8

Price is in the grove now and he takes out 70 on tops to finally break back and level with a 14 darter. Is the momentum changing? Price 4-4 Noppert.

Leg 9

The answer is no as Noppert leaves tops after hitting his third maximum, and then he takes it out with the second dart to break back immediately and regain the lead. Price 4-5 Noppert.

Leg 10

Noppert misses tops for a 108 finish, but hits a clutch double 10 under pressure next visit, after Price hit a 170 to set up 15. Noppert two clear at the second break! Price 4-6 Noppert.

Leg 11

Price misses bull for a 68 finish, but Noppert misses double 9 on 78. Price misses darts at double 12 and double 6, before Noppert lands double 4 to move three clear! Gezzy in trouble! Price 4-7 Noppert.

Leg 12

Price misses tops for a 72 finish before Noppert wires the bull for a 127 checkout. Price misses three at 10’s, but lands double 5 in the next visit, after Noppert misses eight’s and four’s to move four clear. Turning point? Price 5-7 Noppert.

Leg 13

Brilliant response from Noppert, after he checks out 89 on the bull to move within two legs of a famous win! Price 5-8 Noppert.

Leg 14

Price at the point of no return now as Noppert finds double 2 with the last dart to move within one of glory. Price 5-9 Noppert.

Leg 15

Price lands his second 180 of the game to leave 98, and he takes it out on double 12 to stay in the tournament! Price 6-9 Noppert.

Leg 16

Drama as Noppert misses three match darts and Price takes out 52 on tops to rack another one back! Price 7-9 Noppert.

Leg 17

Noppert hits his fifth 180 to leave 88 and the Dutchman TAKES IT OUT ON DOUBLE 7 TO RECORD ONE OF THE BEST WINS OF HIS CAREER AND TO SEND GERWYN PRICE TO HIS FOURTH SUCCESSIVE FIRST ROUND DEFEAT AT THE MATCHPLAY! A poor showing from the Welshman tonight but well done to Noppert who played very well indeed.

Final Score: Gerwyn Price 7-10 Danny Noppert.

Adrian Lewis v Steve Beaton

Leg 1

First blood goes to Lewis after taking out 56 on tops! Lewis 1-0 Beaton.

Leg 2

In a flash, Beaton is level thanks to a superb 88 finish on the bull. Lewis 1-1 Beaton.

Leg 3

Beaton lands the first 180 of the game, and then he proceeds to take out tops for a 13 dart break. Superb stuff from the Adonis! Lewis 1-2 Beaton.

Leg 4

Lewis starts the leg with his first maximum and despite missing tops and tens first visit, he returns to nail double 10 first dart for a 13 dart break of his own. Lewis 2-2 Beaton.

Leg 5

Lewis fires in three successive scores of 140, and then takes out 81 on double 12 for an 11 darter and to gain the advantage at the first break. Lewis 3-2 Beaton.

Leg 6

Beaton keeps the high standard going, after taking out a 70 finish on double 4 to level! Lewis 3-3 Beaton.

Leg 7

Lewis hits two 180’s enroute to leaving 32 after 12 darts and the two time world champion nails it first dart for a beautiful 13 dart leg! Lewis 4-3 Beaton.

Leg 8

A second 180 is hit for Beaton, and he takes out 50 on double 16 to level up the match again! Lewis 4-4 Beaton.

Leg 9

Both players trade 180’s, but it’s Lewis who takes it with a 14 darter on double 8 after Beaton missed tops and tens to break. Lewis 5-4 Beaton.

Leg 10

Lewis puts in his fifth maximum of the game enroute to leaving 32 after 12 darts. Lewis then lands it first dart for another 13 dart break of throw and it could be a crucial one as he leads by two going into the second break. Lewis 6-4 Beaton.

Leg 11

Lewis misses tops for a 72 finish but gets another chance after Beaton misses double 16 and double 8 on 44! Lewis then misses darts at double top, ten and five, before Beaton lands double 8 with the second dart and the match is back on throw. Lewis 6-5 Beaton.

Leg 12

Excellent timing once again from Lewis as he lands double 8 for another 13 darter and to retrieve his break of throw. Lewis 7-5 Beaton.

Leg 13

Beaton misses double 12 for a 101 finish but eventually gets it with the first dart next visit to score another break of throw! Lewis 7-6 Beaton.

Leg 14

It’s now four successive breaks of throw after Lewis checks out 91 on tops for a 14 darter and restores his two leg lead. Lewis 8-6 Beaton.

Leg 15

Beaton misses double 16 and double 8 for another break, but Lewis cannot take advantage after missing tops and tens on 56. Beaton lands double 2 second dart and it’s yet another break of throw! Lewis 8-7 Beaton.

Leg 16

Finally a hold of throw and it’s a beauty from Beaton as he slams home a supreme 111 checkout on tops to level! Lewis 8-8 Beaton.

Leg 17

Lewis responds brilliantly with a 96 checkout on double 18 for an 11 darter and he’s one away from the finish line. Lewis 9-8 Beaton.

Leg 18

Beaton suffers a bounce out on tops for an 80 kill, but he makes no mistake next visit to send this match into extra time! Lewis 9-9 Beaton.

Leg 19 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

Lewis finds his sixth 180 and ‘The Jackpot’ pulls out a rabbit with a superb 104 finish on tops to gain the early advantage in extra time. Lewis 10-9 Beaton.

Leg 20 (Must win by 2 clear legs)

LEWIS WINS! He takes out a 72 finish on double 12 to finally see off a resolute Steve Beaton! He will face Danny Noppert in the second round. A great game to end another brilliant day of darts.

Final Score: Adrian Lewis 11-9 Steve Beaton.