Round 2 Calls Peter Wright and Jonny Clayton
2021 World Matchplay Champion Peter Wright reeled 8 legs on the spin in beating UK Open Champion Andrew Gilding 10-4 in the 1st Round. Jonny Clayton claimed the Final Last 16 place at the 2023 World Matchplay, surviving a late fightback from opponent Gabriel Clemens to win 10-8.
Snakebite included 3 ton plus checkouts in Blackpool, hitting finishes of 104, 107 and 146 throughout his 8-leg winning streak against Goldfinger. The 2 Time World Champion missed 6 darts at double to make it 9 but went on to wrap up victory with his 3rd match dart, hitting double 10 in the 14th leg of the match.
Peter averaged 96.41 in Blackpool and included 7 180s, as he continues his quest for a 2nd World Matchplay crown.
â€œThe fans were brilliant. Itâ€™s nice to be back on this stage. Andrew Gilding is a fantastic darts player, heâ€™s beaten me so many times before so I know what he can do. Thankfully for me he didnâ€™t turn up tonightâ€_x009d_.
â€œI didnâ€™t feel comfortable at all up there, but itâ€™s a new day against Ryan, and I will be a better player on Wednesday night.â€_x009d_
The World Number 2 goes through to face Ryan Searle in the Last 16 with Heavy Metal including a 105.19 average, in beating 2010 World Matchplay Runner Up Raymond van Barneveld 10-4 earlier on in Mondayâ€™s evening session.
Jonny Clayton started strong in the Final 1st Round match, going into the first interval 4-1 ahead having broken his opponent twice in the opening mini session. Clemens included the highest checkout of the match, after hitting double 16 to finish 108 in the 9th leg.
The German Giant also hit the higher 180s of the pair at the Winter Gardens, finding 6 of the 10 maximums in the tungsten tussle.
Jonny included finishes of 86 and 82 to put him on the cusp of winning, before wrapping up victory with an 11 dart hold of throw after finding double 16 with his 2nd dart to finish 44.
â€œThere were a few nerves, but the crowd were fantastic, and Iâ€™ve done the job tonight. That was tough, it wasnâ€™t the best version of Gabriel Clemens, but it wasnâ€™t the best of Jonny Clayton either.â€_x009d_
â€œThe 11 darter was amazing; anybody would take that, and I certainly will. This is just my second win here in five years, so it means a lot.â€_x009d_
The Ferret goes through to face Dimitri van den Bergh in the Last 16 on Wednesday, with the 2020 winner claiming a 10-8 victory in Mondayâ€™s curtain raiser against European Championship Finals winner Ross Smith.
The Dream Maker averaged 101.24 and included 7 180s at the Winter Gardens, as he bids to lift the Phil Taylor trophy for the 2nd time.
The action continues Tuesday night as the 2nd Round commences at the 2023 Betfred World Matchplay, with Gerwyn Price facing Joe Cullen and Daryl Gurney opening the action against Gary Anderson live on Sky Sports.
By Harry Masterson
Images courtesy of Taylor Lanning/PDC
2023 World Matchplay: Day 3 Results
Dimitri van den Bergh (10) 10-8 Ross Smith
Ryan Searle (15) 10-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Peter Wright (2) 10-4 Andrew Gilding
Jonny Clayton (7) 10-8 Gabriel Clemens
2023 World Matchplay: Day 4 Order of Play
Daryl Gurney v Gary Anderson
Danny Noppert (8) v Nathan Aspinall (9)
Gerwyn Price (4) v Joe Cullen (13)
Michael Smith (1) v Chris Dobey