World Matchplay Day Two – Dutch Delight with MvG beating Lewis.

The second day of action at the 2022 Betfred World Matchplay saw all three Dutch players come from behind to progress to round two.

We also had a comeback win for Michael Smith who defeated Andrew Gilding.

Evening Session

MvG Battles Past Lewis

Michael van Gerwen wasn’t at his best in defeating Adrian Lewis 10-7.

Both players struggled with consistency with their scoring and it was Jackpot who took an early 3-1 lead.

Michael van Gerwen during his first-round victory. Credit – Tip Top Pics

Both players continued to struggle however, Michael found a little bit of form to win four of the next six legs to make sure scores were all level going into the last interval.

With both players holding throw, it was leg 14 when Michael found the right darts at the right time, firing in a 14 dart leg to lead by two for the first time in the game.

Adrian struggled to recover from that and Michael secured the victory with a 76 checkout.

Asp Stuns Cool Hand

Nathan Aspinall defeated Luke Humphries 10-5 in the final game on Super Sunday.

The game started with three breaks of throw with the highlight being a 143 checkout from Nathan Aspinall. The Asp reeled off the next four legs to lead 7-1.

Nathan Aspinall eases to victory over Cool Hand.

Luke Humphries started the fight back with his first hold of throw at his fifth attempt and followed that up with a 15-dart break.

This followed four holds of throw in the game before Aspinall sealed the win with a 16 dart break of throw.

Cullen Too Hot For Heta

Joe Cullen eased past an underperforming Damon Heta, defeating the newly crowned World Cup winner 10-2.

Damon Heta started with a 110 checkout but it was Joe Cullen who delighted his fans in Blackpool winning the next four legs.

Joe Cullen got even better after breaking, hitting a fabulous 160 checkout in leg six before a Shanghai the following leg to move closer to the finish line.

It was starting to look like Joe could reel off ten legs on the spin, but Heta stopped the run at nine with an 18 dart leg. All that leg done was to delay the inevitable as Rockstar took out double 10 to wrap up the victory.

Wade Progresses

James Wade eases past debutant Martin Lukeman 10-4.

James Wade won the first three legs of the game, with both players averaging in the ’80s throughout the game, before Lukeman hits double five, that before breaking to make it 3-2.

James Wade won the next session 4-1 and hit a 100 checkout in two darts to lead 7-3.

Martin Lukeman seemed to struggle with the heat on stage, and James Wade punished, finding a 120 checkout and winning three of the next four legs to secure the victory.

Afternoon Session

Smith Survives Scare

Michael Smith won seven of the last eight legs to defeat Andrew Gilding 11-9.

Early exchanges favoured Goldfinger who lead 5-2 early on which included a 104 checkout. It could have been even better for Gilding who missed a dart to extend the lead. Bully Boy won the eighth leg and then produced a bit of magic in the next leg with a 161 checkout.

Gilding didn’t let the big checkout affect him and he went on to win the next three, taking an 8-4 lead with a 130 checkout.

Bully Boy’s average was creeping up after the second session and after Gilding missed a double to lead 9-5, Smith reeled off four legs to lead 9-8. Michael Smith then had three match darts to win 10-8, before Gilding found double five, with the last dart in hand to take us to extra legs.

Smith then bullied past Gilding in the last two legs, first holding on double two, before wrapping up the victory on his favourite double 10.

Dirk Delight in Blackpool

Dirk van Duijvenbode defeated Ryan Searle 10-8 for a comeback victory in the opening game of day two.

Aubiergenius started the game with a 130 checkout, and was close to making it back-to-back 130 outs but hit 25, and Searle was punished to break straight back. With the next three legs going with throw, Searle got the next break with a 104 checkout.

The breaks continued until Searle held throw in leg nine with an 88 checkout to take a 6-3 lead. Dirk got a crucial hold before the break, which included his first 180 in the game, and followed up it with another two legs to level the game up at 6-6.

The next four legs went with throw, and then the Aubiergenius found another gear with an 11 dart break for the lead for the first time since leg one.

A 180 to start leg 18 for Dirk helped up secure a 12 dart hold of throw and wrap up a difficult win.

Noppy Comeback Victory

Danny Noppert won six consecutive legs to defeat Brendan Dolan 10-6.

The opening session saw five holds of throw with the highlight being a 72 checkout from Brendan Dolan in the fifth leg.

The finishing got even better in leg six with a 135 special from Brendan Dolan for the first break of throw and a 4-2 lead. Both players then held throw before, two breaks seeing Dolan lead 6-4 at the second break.

A key moment in the game came in leg 11 with Dolan missing a dart at tops for a three-leg lead and Noppert punished, before hitting seven perfect darts in leg twelve before winning in 11 darts.

Dolan then made a mess to lead 7-6, not leaving a finish after 74 before missing three at 32. and the 2022 UK Open champion takes the lead for the first time in the game.

A Shanghai finish to extend the lead which deflated Dolan, before Noppert won the next two legs, making it six on the spin and a 10-6 victory.

Gurney Ousts Anderson

Daryl Gurney defeated Gary Anderson 10-7 in round one.

Both players started slowly and we saw six breaks of throw in the first two sessions and scores were all level at the second break. Daryl Gurney did find seven perfect darts in the seventh leg but lost it with Gary Anderson firing a 130 checkout.

Daryl Gurney then took the game by the scruff of the neck winning three straight legs to edge closer to victory. He could have made it four but missed tops for a 118 checkout before, Anderson cleaned up the leg.

Anderson then made it three ton-plus checkouts in the game with 116 checkout to close the gap to just one. Another ton-plus checkout was needed for Anderson but missed bull for 126 and Gurney punished.

In the final leg in the game, Daryl Gurney opened up with a blind 180 before winning the leg on double eight and getting through to the second round.

2022 Betfred World Matchplay Day Two Results

Sunday July 17
Afternoon Session
4x First Round

Dirk van Duijvenbode 10-8 Ryan Searle
Danny Noppert 10-6 Brendan Dolan
Daryl Gurney 10-7 Gary Anderson
Michael Smith 11-9 Andrew Gilding

Evening Session 
4x First Round

Joe Cullen 10-2 Damon Heta
James Wade 10-4 Martin Lukeman
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Adrian Lewis
Nathan Aspinall 10-5 Luke Humphries

2022 Betfred World Matchplay Day Three Schedule of Play

Monday July 18 (1900 BST)
4x First Round
Rob Cross v Chris Dobey
Jose de Sousa v Gabriel Clemens
Gerwyn Price v Martin Schindler
Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts

For all interviews from World Matchplay Day Two head over to Online Darts YouTube channel.