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Darts World Matchplay: Schedule, format and draw as Michael van Gerwen defends title in Blackpool

Michael van Gerwen was eliminated in round one as he returned to defend his World Matchplay title in Blackpool; the event is one of the biggest on the darts calendar; watch every match from the Men's and Women's World Matchplay live on Sky Sports from July 15 to July 23

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Watch the top checkouts from the final at the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

Stay up to date with the latest fixtures, schedule and scores from the World Matchplay as one of the highlights of the darts calendar arrives in Blackpool.

The 2023 World Matchplay will be staged at the iconic Winter Gardens in Blackpool from July 15-23, with the world's top 16 players seeded, joined by 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit.

Every session will be live on Sky Sports.

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Check out the best action from the final at the World Matchplay from Blackpool.

World Matchplay Format

  • First round: First to 10 legs
  • Second round: First to 11 legs
  • Quarter-finals: First to 16 legs
  • Semi-finals: First to 17 legs
  • Final: First to 18 legs

Women's World Matchplay is back!

The second Women's World Matchplay will take place on the final day of the men's tournament on July 23 with an eight-player draw.

Defending champion Fallon Sherrock faces Lisa Ashton in the pick of the first-round ties, while Beau Greaves takes on Noa-Lynn van Leuven.

Robyn Byrne plays Rhian O'Sullivan and Mikuru Suzuki goes up against Aileen de Graaf in the other matches.

The first round will be first to seven legs, the semi-finals the first to nine legs and the final will be first to 11.

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Fallon Sherrock wins the first ever Women's World Matchplay against Aileen De Graaf in Blackpool. 

World Matchplay Schedule

Saturday July 15
4x First Round

Joe Cullen 10-7 Mike De Decker
Rob Cross 10-12 Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Stephen Bunting
Dave Chisnall 6-10 Gary Anderson

Sunday July 16
Afternoon Session
4x First Round

Danny Noppert 10-8 Martin Schindler
Dirk van Duijvenbode 12-10 Kim Huybrechts
Damon Heta 10-5 Josh Rock
Chris Dobey 10-8 James Wade

Evening Session
4x First Round

Nathan Aspinall 10-7 Krzysztof Ratajski
Luke Humphries 10-2 Jose de Sousa
Brendan Dolan 10-7 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith 10-2 Steve Beaton

Monday July 17
4x First Round

Dimitri Van den Bergh 10-8 Ross Smith
Ryan Searle 10-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright 10-4 Andrew Gilding
Jonny Clayton 10-8 Gabriel Clemens

Tuesday July 18
4x Second Round

Daryl Gurney 11-4 Gary Anderson
Danny Noppert 9-11 Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price 11-13 Joe Cullen
Michael Smith 7-11 Chris Dobey

Wednesday July 19
4x Second Round

Brendan Dolan 1-11 Damon Heta
Jonny Clayton 11-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Peter Wright 8-11 Ryan Searle
Luke Humphries 14-12 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Thursday July 20
2x Quarter-Finals

Joe Cullen 16-11 Daryl Gurney
Chris Dobey 11-16 Nathan Aspinall

Friday July 21
2x Quarter-Finals

Damon Heta 12-16 Jonny Clayton
Ryan Searle 13-16 Luke Humphries

Saturday July 22

Joe Cullen 9-17 Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton 17-15 Luke Humphries

Sunday July 23
Afternoon Session (1pm) - live on Sky Sports Action
Women's World Matchplay

Beau Greaves vs Noa-Lynn van Leuven
Robyn Byrne vs Rhian O'Sullivan
Mikuru Suzuki vs Aileen de Graaf
Fallon Sherrock vs Lisa Ashton

Greaves/Van Leuven vs Byrne/O'Sullivan
Suzuki/De Graaf vs Sherrock/Ashton

Joe Cullen or Nathan Aspinall vs Jonny Clayton or Luke Humphries

Evening Session (8pm) - live on Sky Sports Action
World Matchplay Final


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