World Matchplay Darts 2019: Draw, schedule, results, betting odds and TV coverage details

Wold Matchplay champion Rob Cross with runner-up Michael Smith (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Wold Matchplay champion Rob Cross with runner-up Michael Smith (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The full results, round-ups and highlights from the 2019 Betfred World Matchplay, which took place in Blackpool from July 20-28.

The biggest darts event of the summer at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool has concluded, with Rob Cross becoming the ninth player to get his hands on the trophy.

Voltage's victory over Michael Smith also sees him add this prestigious title to this 2018 world championship crown, which makes him the fourth player to achieve this feat behind Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson.

Here, you can look back at how the drama unfolded with all the results and links to daily reviews and highlights.

World Matchplay Darts: Draw & Tournament Bracket

The 16 seeded players were paired with the 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit.

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  • (1) Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Steve Beaton
  • (16) Adrian Lewis 4-10 Glen Durrant
  • (8) James Wade 13-12 Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • (9) Mensur Suljovic 10-1 Jermaine Wattimena
  • (5) Michael Smith 10-7 Jamie Hughes
  • (12) Dave Chisnall 9-11 Max Hopp
  • (4) Gary Anderson 10-6 Danny Noppert
  • (13) Nathan Aspinall 5-10 Mervyn King
  • (2) Rob Cross 10-3 Chris Dobey
  • (15) Darren Webster 5-10 Krzysztof Ratajski
  • (7) Gerwyn Price 12-13 Stephen Bunting
  • (10) Ian White 10-0 Joe Cullen
  • (6) Peter Wright 10-5 Vincent van der Voort
  • (11) Simon Whitlock 10-8 John Henderson
  • (3) Daryl Gurney 10-7 Ricky Evans
  • (14) Jonny Clayton 8-10 Keegan Brown

ROUND TWO

  • (1) Michael van Gerwen 11-13 Glen Durrant
  • (8) James Wade 13-11 Mensur Suljovic (9)
  • (5) Michael Smith 12-10 Max Hopp
  • (4) Gary Anderson 8-11 Mervyn King
  • (2) Rob Cross 11-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Stephen Bunting 14-12 Ian White (10)
  • (6) Peter Wright 11-2 Simon Whitlock (11)
  • (3) Daryl Gurney 11-9 Keegan Brown

QUARTER-FINALS

  • Glen Durrant 16-7 James Wade (8)
  • (5) Michael Smith 16-11 Mervyn King
  • (2) Rob Cross 16-14 Stephen Bunting
  • (6) Peter Wright 13-16 Daryl Gurney (3)

SEMI-FINALS

  • Glen Durrant 10-17 Michael Smith (5)
  • (2) Rob Cross 17-15 Daryl Gurney (3)

FINAL

  • (5) Michael Smith 13-18 Rob Cross (3)

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World Matchplay Darts: Daily Schedule & Results

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* 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

Saturday July 20 (1900 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Nathan Aspinall 5-10 Mervyn King
  • Gerwyn Price 12-13 Stephen Bunting
  • Gary Anderson 10-6 Danny Noppert
  • Rob Cross 10-3 Chris Dobey

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Sunday July 21
Afternoon Session (1300 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Darren Webster 5-10 Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Dave Chisnall 9-11 Max Hopp
  • Ian White 10-0 Joe Cullen
  • Michael Smith 10-7 Jamie Hughes

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Evening Session (1900 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • James Wade 13-12 Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Mensur Suljovic 10-1 Jermaine Wattimena
  • Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Steve Beaton
  • Adrian Lewis 4-10 Glen Durrant

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Monday July 22 (1900 BST)
First Round (best of 19 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Jonny Clayton 8-10 Keegan Brown
  • Simon Whitlock 10-8 John Henderson
  • Daryl Gurney 10-7 Ricky Evans
  • Peter Wright 10-5 Vincent van der Voort

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Tuesday July 23 (1900 BST)
Second Round (best of 21 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Michael Smith 12-10 Max Hopp
  • James Wade 13-11 Mensur Suljovic
  • Gary Anderson 8-11 Mervyn King
  • Michael Van Gerwen 11-13 Glen Durrant

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Wednesday July 24 (1900 BST)
Second Round (best of 21 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Daryl Gurney 11-9 Keegan Brown
  • Stephen Bunting 14-12 Ian White
  • Rob Cross 11-5 Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Peter Wright 11-2 Simon Whitlock

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Thursday July 25 (1900 BST)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 31 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Michael Smith 16-11 Mervyn King
  • Glen Durrant 16-7 James Wade

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Friday July 26 (1900 BST)
Quarter-Finals (Best of 31 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Rob Cross 16-14 Stephen Bunting
  • Peter Wright 13-16 Daryl Gurney

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Saturday July 27 (1900 BST)
Semi-Finals (best of 33 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Rob Cross 17-15 Daryl Gurney
  • Glen Durrant 10-17 Michael Smith

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Sunday July 28 (1900 BST)
Final (best of 35 legs)
TV Channel: Sky Sports

  • Michael Smith 13-18 Rob Cross

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Sky Bet's World Matchplay Pre-Tournament Odds

Michael van Gerwen will head the World Matchplay betting, with Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Michael Smith and Peter Wright also among the favourites.

Click here for all the pre-tournament Sky Bet odds

Where can I watch the World Matchplay on television?

The BetVictor World Matchplay will be broadcast on Sky Sports from July 20-28.

Can I still buy tickets for the World Matchplay?

Tickets are available through the Winter Gardens Box Office via Ticketmaster at this link.

Alternatively, tickets are available via SeeTickets at this link or by calling 0844 871 8807.

World Matchplay Format

  • First Round - Best of 19 legs
  • Second Round - Best of 21 legs
  • Quarter-Finals - Best of 31 legs
  • Semi-Finals - Best of 33 legs
  • Final - Best of 35 legs

The World Matchplay is played in a legs format. 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. For example, should a First Round game (best of 19 legs) reach 12-12, then the 25th leg would be the final and deciding leg.

Prize Fund

  • Winner - £150,000
  • Runner-Up - £70,000
  • Semi-Finalists - £50,000
  • Quarter-Finalists - £25,000
  • Second Round Losers - £15,000
  • First Round Losers - £10,000
  • Total - £700,000

World Matchplay History

Since the World Matchplay was first held back in 1994, when Larry Butler beat Dennis Priestley, there has only been eight different winners of this PDC major.

Unsurprisingly the most dominant player in its 21-year history is Phil Taylor with 15 titles while Michael van Gerwen and Rod Harrington are the only other players to have lifted the trophy more than once.

The Power hit the first ever nine-dart finish to be broadcast live on UK television during the 2002 World Matchplay while he repeated the feat during the 2014 edition on his way to a seventh-straight Blackpool title.

The previous year he'd managed an astonishing three-dart average of 111.23 during his final victory over Adrian Lewis.

Taylor's seven-year winning streak from 2008 to 2014 was ended in 2015 when Michael van Gerwen emerged triumphed with a 18-12 victory over James Wade before winning it again 12 months later.

The Dutchman was favourite to defend his crown for a third time but Taylor had other ideas as he knocked him out en route to winning an emotional 16th title before his retirement.

The final of 2018 ended up being one of the most dramatic in the tournament's history, with Gary Anderson clinching the title for the first time thanks to a 21-18 victory over Mensur Suljovic.

Past Finals

Final scores in legs

  • 1994 - Larry Butler 16-12 Dennis Priestley
  • 1995 - Phil Taylor 16-11 Dennis Priestley
  • 1996 - Peter Evison 16-14 Dennis Priestley
  • 1997 - Phil Taylor 16-11 Alan Warriner
  • 1998 - Rod Harrington 19-17 Ronnie Baxter
  • 1999 - Rod Harrington 19-17 Peter Manley
  • 2000 - Phil Taylor 18-12 Alan Warriner
  • 2001 - Phil Taylor 18-10 Richie Burnett
  • 2002 - Phil Taylor 18-16 John Part
  • 2003 - Phil Taylor 18-12 Wayne Mardle
  • 2004 - Phil Taylor 18-8 Mark Dudbridge
  • 2005 - Colin Lloyd 18-12 John Part
  • 2006 - Phil Taylor 18-9 James Wade
  • 2007 - James Wade 18-7 Terry Jenkins
  • 2008 - Phil Taylor 18-11 James Wade
  • 2009 - Phil Taylor 18-4 Terry Jenkins
  • 2010 - Phil Taylor 18-12 Raymond van Barneveld
  • 2011 - Phil Taylor 18-8 James Wade
  • 2012 - Phil Taylor 18-15 James Wade
  • 2013 - Phil Taylor 18-13 Adrian Lewis
  • 2014 - Phil Taylor 18-9 Michael van Gerwen
  • 2015 - Michael van Gerwen 18-12 James Wade
  • 2016 - Michael van Gerwen 18-10 Phil Taylor
  • 2017 - Phil Taylor 18-8 Peter Wright
  • 2018 - Gary Anderson 21-19 Mensur Suljovic

World Matchplay Most Titles

  • Phil Taylor - 16
  • Michael van Gerwen - 2
  • Rod Harrington - 2
  • Gary Anderson - 1
  • Larry Butler - 1
  • Peter Evison - 1
  • Colin Lloyd - 1
  • James Wade - 1

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