Betfair world matchplay darts final results


PHIL TAYLOR won his 13th Betfair World Matchplay title with a superb 18-15 win over James Wade in the final at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Sunday night, equalling his own record of five successive titles as he scooped the £100,000 first prize.

Taylor continued his dominance of the prestigious tournament with a fine performance in a tense final, as he defeated Wade in the decider for the fourth time in seven years.

Wade levelled from behind four times in an enthralling contest as the pair shared the first 20 legs, but Taylor took the next four to lead 14-10 and take control.

Wade hit back to trail just 15-14, but missed double ten for a 140 finish to level and Taylor seized his opportunity to seal victory.

“It’s a massive achievement,” said Taylor. “It’s one of the hardest finals I’ve ever had.

“James put me under tremendous pressure and I put myself under pressure a bit too. Every time he came back at me I seemed to push on a little bit and I put all my energy into that final leg to finish him off.”

Taylor secured an immediate break in the opening leg as his tactic of winning the bullseye but allowing Wade to throw first paid off – with the reigning champion hitting a 180 with his first visit to the oche before punishing a miss at tops from the left-hander to land double five.

Wade replied with a break in the second leg following three misses at tops from Taylor, who moved 2-1 up by winning the third as he hit a 180 to leave 24 and took out double 12.

Taylor then landed tops to move 3-1 up, but missed the bull for a 130 finish in the next after the pair had traded 180s, with Wade returning to post double ten and hit back.

Wade hit a 180 as he sought to level in the sixth, but Taylor hit double ten for a 14-darter only to miss three darts in two visits to win the next, as the world number three landed double nine to pull back to 4-3.

Taylor regained his two-leg lead on double 16, but Wade finished tops and then punished three more misses from the Stoke great to level with a 14-darter of his own.

The pair shared the next two, with Taylor hitting a 171 to set up double 16 in leg 11 before Wade took out 84 on double 11 to level at six-all as they continued to trade blows.

Taylor regained the advantage by landing a 180 and an 86 finish to break in the next, and then took out 60 following a missed bull from Wade to move 8-6 up.

Both players hit 180s in the 15th leg as Wade was let off from three missed doubles to return and hit double three, but Taylor landed a brace of double 16 finishes to win the next two and create a 10-7 cushion, moving three legs clear for the first time.

Wade, though, hit back, with double five to break throw, followed a 180 with a two-dart 92 finish and then posted a 177 and a 67 checkout to tie the match again at ten-all.

The game took another turn as Taylor won the next four legs to move into a 14-10 advantage, winning three legs on double 16 and the other on double eight as he took command before Wade landed his seventh 180 and double ten to hit back and win his 11th leg.

Taylor landed a 177 as he moved 15-11 up, but Wade took out 112 and 114 in consecutive legs to hit back in remarkable fashion, with Taylor opting not to throw for the bull in the second.

Wade then took out double six to cut the gap to one leg, but missed double ten for a 140 checkout to level the game as the drama intensified.

Taylor stepped in on double 16 to lead 16-14, and although Wade finished 76 to reply again the Stoke great hit tops to move 17-15 up before sealing the title with a 13-darter on double ten.

“I’m so pleased to have won this but I’m also pleased to see James on the comeback trail too,” added Taylor. “He’s a brilliant player and he’s dedicated himself again, and I think we can have plenty more finals in the future.

“I don’t think I was fit enough and I didn’t perform as well as I can, which I’ll work on over the summer. It was one of the most difficult finals for me because I’m getting older and I’m not as fit, so I’ve got to work harder.

“I tried the new darts at the start of the week and they are the best darts I’ve ever played with, but they weren’t flying through the air in this heat as they should do.

“I need to practice a bit more with them, which I will do, and to be honest I was thinking about them too much.”

Taylor had lost in the second round of the World Championship for the first time in PDC history in December to Dave Chisnall, but his Blackpool triumph follows his McCoy’s Premier League Darts win as he retained his status as world number one ahead of Adrian Lewis.

“Winning the Premier League and now this has set me up for the year,” he said. “I think the players will respect me again because they were like a pack of wolves – they can sense that you’re not playing well and they’ll attack you.

“Wes Newton, Andy Hamilton and Adrian Lewis are examples of hungry players who want to be where I am.”

Wade, the 2007 World Matchplay champion, was condemned to defeat for a fourth time to the world number one as he became only the second player – behind John Part in 2002 – to take 15 legs from Taylor in the final.

“From a spectator’s point of view it was a great final and from Phil’s point of view it was a great final too,” said Wade. “For me, I was playing at half-mast, so to not play that well and get 15 legs from Phil is very good.

“I’ve never felt this happy playing darts and I’ve never felt so encouraged to play darts, because I’ve had seven weeks of hard practice and done this, which should be quite frightening for other players.

“I didn’t score as well as I wanted to for the first 20 legs or so and that’s where Phil is so great in what he does because he’s so consistent and solid, and he did enough to win.”

0-0 – James Wade will throw first – Phil Taylor won the bull and gave James Wade the throw in the opening leg.
0-0 – The players take to the stage in style, with the walk-ons accompanied by an impressive light show involving special wristbands given to the capacity crowd by sponsors Betfair.
1-0 – Taylor opens the final with a 180, but misses double top, ten and five to take an immediate break – only for Wade to miss tops to finish 76 and allow him back on double five.
1-1 – Wade lands a 180 in reply, and is handed a reprieve as Taylor misses three darts at tops to let him come back for double two to break back.
2-1 – Taylor hits a 180 to leave 24, and lands double 12 with his first dart to break again.
3-1 – Taylor moves two legs clear by landing a confident double top.
3-2 – Taylor opens with a 180 before Wade replies with his second maximum of the contest to leave 121. The left-hander misses the bull to complete the combination, but Taylor is also off-target on the middle double to allow Wade back on double ten.
4-2 – Wade hits a 180 to leave 100, but is unable to complete the finish and Taylor takes out double ten for a 14-darter.
4-3 – Taylor opens with 140 and 180, but misses the bull for a 124 finish and two further darts at doubles to allow Wade back in on double nine to hold throw.
5-3 – Taylor finishes double 16 at the first time of asking to win his fifth leg.
5-4 – Wade posts tops at the first time of asking to cut the gap to one leg.
5-5 – Both players leave a double after 12 darts, with Taylor missing double 16 and two darts at double eight to allow Wade to break on double ten with a 14-darter.
6-5 – Taylor hits a 171 to leave 32, and when Wade misses double 14 to take out 121 the reigning champion returns to break on double 16.
6-6 – Taylor leaves 32 but sees Wade break back by finishing 84 on double 11.
7-6 – Taylor hits his fifth 180 of the game, and takes out 86 in two darts to break throw again.
8-6 – Wade lands a 180 but misses the bull for a 123 finish, and Taylor takes out 60 to hold throw and regain his two-leg lead.
8-7 – Wade opens with a 180 before Taylor replies with another maximum, but the reigning champion misses a dart at tops to punish three earlier misses from Wade, who returns to hit back on double six.
9-7 – Wade steps up needing 125 but hits a second bullseye – rather than 25 – to deny him a dart to break throw, and Taylor finishes 45 on double 16 to move two legs ahead once more.
10-7 – Taylor establishes a three-leg lead for the first time as he finishes 45 for a second successive leg on double 16.
10-8 – Wade breaks back by landing double five with his third dart to hit back.
10-9 – Wade reduces the gap to one leg once again, hitting a 180 to leave 92 and finishing the checkout in two darts.
10-10 – Wade lands a 177 and finishes 67 on tops to level the game.
11-10 – Taylor finishes double 16 with his third dart to edge back ahead against the throw.
12-10 – Taylor lands double eight to regain his two-leg cushion.
13-10 – Taylor breaks again, initially missing two darts at double 16 to finish 82 but being allowed to return when Wade fails to finish 120, landing double 16 to move three legs clear.
14-10 – Taylor puts daylight between the players with a superb 13-darter, hitting a 180 and double 16.
14-11 – Wade hits back to win his first leg in five, hitting his seventh 180 of the game and recovering from three misses to return and land double ten.
15-11 – Taylor fires in a 177 to be first to a finish and posts double two with his third dart to move three legs away from the title.
15-12 – Wade hits the first ton-plus finish of the final by taking out 112 on tops.
15-13 – Taylor opts against throwing for the bull when left with 50, hitting 18 to leave 32 – only for Wade to take out 114 on tops to break throw.
15-14 – Wade wins a third successive leg, finishing double six to reduce the gap to just one.
16-14 – Taylor lands his eighth maximum of the game but initially misses double 16 to give Wade a chance to take out 140 – only for the left-hander to wire double ten and allow Taylor to win a key leg on double 16.
16-15 – Taylor opens with a 171 and both players leave a finish after nine darts, but Wade is first to a double as he takes out 76 to pull back to one leg behind.
17-15 – Taylor lands tops to move leg away from the title.
18-15 – Wade misses double 12 to finish 144 and Taylor finishes double ten for a 13-darter to seal a 13th World Matchplay win.


PHIL TAYLOR and James Wade will clash for a fourth time in the Betfair World Matchplay final on Sunday night following their semi-final triumphs over Ronnie Baxter and Terry Jenkins in Blackpool.

Reigning champion Taylor remains on course to win his 13th World Matchplay title and to equal his own record of five straight victories after defeating Baxter 17-10 in their last four encounter.

Taylor won the game’s opening six legs without reply, hitting a 180 in each leg, and also led 8-1 before Baxter hit back to trail just 8-6 with five successive legs.

However, a miss from Baxter to reduce the gap to one leg proved costly as Taylor regained his touch, and he hit two 11-dart finishes in the second half of the contest before sealing victory with a 118 checkout.

“It’s fantastic to be through,” said Taylor. “Ronnie made me work hard there and I’m glad in a way that I got such a good start because I was getting a bit nervous when he came back.

“I was expecting Ronnie to come out firing because his confidence was high and he was brilliant in the quarter-finals, but I managed to get on top of him early on.

“He came back really well and took some superb finishes out, so it was a massive relief to finally get the winning double.”

Earlier, 2007 champion Wade defeated Terry Jenkins 17-15 in a see-saw thriller which saw the left-hander come from 4-1 and 11-9 down to take victory, hitting six ton-plus finishes along the way.

The pair were locked at 15-all as they set up a dramatic finale, but Jenkins missed six darts to take the lead and Wade seized his opportunity to reach the decider.

“It’s great to be in the final,” said Wade. “Terry’s a real battler and it was hard work, so I’m delighted to have come through that.

“I thought I was a little bit flat in patches – and in some parts I was great and in other parts I was awful. Terry had a couple of weak patches too which let me in, and there were some desperation checkouts there.

“I’ll need to make sure I’m more focused on Sunday. I know what I can do and I’m ready for it, I’ve been practising hard and it’s paying off.”

Sunday’s final will be a repeat of the pair’s previous World Matchplay deciders in 2006, 2008 and 2011, with Taylor having taken victory in all three games.

“James has been exceptional this week and he had a fantastic game with Terry,” added Taylor. “I’m proud of him and I think he’ll play superbly tomorrow.

“He’s showed his grit and determination and he’s doing everything right this week, so it’s all set up for a great game.”

Betfair World Matchplay
Terry Jenkins 15-17 James Wade
Phil Taylor 17-10 Ronnie Baxter

Sunday July 29 (7pm)
Phil Taylor v James Wade
Best of 35 legs. The game must be won by two clear legs

JAMES WADE won through to his fifth Betfair World Matchplay final with a thrilling 17-15 semi-final victory over Terry Jenkins at the Winter Gardens on Saturday night.

The 2007 champion continued his wonderful success story in Blackpool with a fine performance to win a see-saw contest, hitting six ton-plus finishes and twice coming from behind to book his place in Sunday’s showdown.

Jenkins played his part in a breathless contest, leading 4-1 early on and winning five successive legs to take an 11-9 advantage, but missed six doubles to lead 16-15 to allow Wade in to make his move and take the final two legs.

Jenkins made the early running by winning four of the opening five legs, despite Wade landing four maximums in as many legs to kick off the contest – with both players trading 180s in the opening leg, which the Ledbury man won on double ten.

Wade levelled on double five, but Jenkins finished 85 to win the third leg, broke in the fourth following four missed doubles from the left-hander and took out double ten to lead 4-1.

Wade finished 88 on double seven to hit back, and after Jenkins hit double ten the left-hander produced a sensational 164 finish to pull back to 5-3.

Two misses from Wade allowed Jenkins to finish 100 and win a sixth leg, but the world number three found another gear to reel off six successive legs to move into the lead.

The run included checkouts of 103, 127 on the bull and 107, as well as a 14-darter as he moved into a 9-6 lead, but two missed doubles allowed Jenkins to hit back on tops.

Jenkins then finished 87 and then followed a 180 with double top to level at nine-all, before taking the lead with a crowd-pleasing 96 finish, hitting single 20, double 18 and double top.

Wade then saw three darts at double 12 land agonisingly just outside the wire as Jenkins moved two legs clear by winning his fifth successive leg.

Wade took out 130 to hit back, and then landed a 180 and tops to level at 11-all before firing in a 144 checkout and double ten to lead 13-11.

Jenkins posted a 180 and double top to cut the gap and finished 98 on double 12 to level, only to miss his chance to move back ahead as Wade posted double ten to move into a 14-13 advantage.

Tops from the left-hander pushed him two legs clear, only for Jenkins to again hit back – finishing double ten in successive legs.

He was also first to a finish in the 31st leg, but missed six darts to lead, and Wade seized his opportunity, taking out tops to break throw and hitting a 180 and double six to seal the win.

1-0 – Both players land 180s in the opening leg, and Jenkins finishes double ten to get off the mark.
1-1 – Wade lands another maximum and recovers from three missed doubles to return and land double five.
2-1 – Wade posts his third 180, but Jenkins finishes 85 on double 16 to hold throw.
3-1 – Jenkins takes the game’s first break of throw, with Wade hitting yet another 108 but missing four darts at double top and ten to allow him in on double top.
4-1 – Double ten for Jenkins sees him lead by three legs.
4-2 – Wade finishes 88 on double seven.
5-2 – Double ten from Jenkins sees him win his fifth leg.
5-3 – Jenkins lands a maximum, but Wade takes the leg in style with a brilliant 164 checkout.
6-3 – Wade is punished for missed doubles to break throw as Jenkins finishes 100 in two darts.
6-4 – Wade posts double ten to take his fourth leg of the game.
6-5 – Jenkins is first to a finish but misses five darts to take the leg as Wade steps in to finish 103 on tops and break throw.
6-6 – Wade pins double 18 to level the contest.
6-7 – Wade finishes 127 on the bull to win his third successive leg and break throw again.
6-8 – Jenkins misses double 12 to take out 96 and Wade finishes 107 on double 18 to continue his charge.
6-9 – Wade wins his sixth successive leg by taking out double 18 for a 14-darter.
7-9 – Wade misses double 13 and double four, and Jenkins breaks on tops to win his first leg in seven.
8-9 – Wade leaves 24, but Jenkins takes out 87 in two darts to pull back to just one leg behind.
9-9 – Jenkins levels with his third successive leg, hitting a 180 and tops to square the game.
10-9 – Wade is again left waiting on a double as Jenkins hits the front, finishing 96 with single 20, double 18 and double top.
11-9 – Wade misses three darts at double 12, with all landing agonisingly on the wire to allow Jenkins to win a fifth straight leg on double top.
11-10 – Wade finishes 130 on double five to hit back.
11-11 – Wade lands a 180 and finishes tops to level.
11-12 – Wade takes out 144 for his sixth ton-plus checkout as he regains the lead.
11-13 – Double ten from Wade moves him two legs clear.
12-13 – Jenkins opens with a 180 and lands tops to hit back once again.
13-13 – Jenkins fires in a 98 finish on double 12 to square the game.
13-14 – Jenkins lands his fifth maximum of the game but is punished for his missed doubles as Wade takes out double ten.
13-15 – Wade moves two legs away from victory by hitting tops.
14-15 – Jenkins hits his sixth 180 to leave 47 after nine darts, and lands double ten with his fifth dart to win the leg.
15-15 – Wade opens with a 174 but misses two darts at tops to punish a miss from Jenkins at the same bed, with the Ledbury ace returning to hit double ten – with his third dart – to level.
15-16 – Jenkins is first to a finish, but misses six darts at doubles across three visits to allow Wade in on tops to break and move a leg away from the win.
15-17 – Wade opens with a 180 and secures victory on double six to reach his fifth Betfair World Matchplay final in seven years.

PHIL TAYLOR remains on course to win an incredible 13th Betfair World Matchplay title following a 17-10 win over Blackpool’s Ronnie Baxter, who came from 6-0 down to give the reigning champion a fright in their semi-final.

Taylor looked set to cruise to victory when he won the game’s first six legs without reply, hitting a 180 in each leg as he took command.

Baxter, though, cut the gap to 8-6 at one stage before Taylor regained his range, hitting two 11-dart finishes in the second half of the contest as he set up a fourth World Matchplay final against James wade.

Taylor started the game superbly, hitting a 180 with his second visit to the oche before finishing 114 to take the first leg with an immediate break of throw.

He finished double 16 for the second leg before breaking Baxter’s throw again after the 1998 finalist missed double 16 for a 143 finish, before an 11-darter pushed Taylor into a four leg lead.

Taylor continued his strike rate of a 180 in each leg as he took the fifth on tops, and added double two to move into a 6-0 lead.

Baxter landed double eight to get off the mark in the seventh, but Taylor landed another maximum and a 109 finish to take the next and landed tops to move into an 8-1 advantage.

He missed three darts to win a ninth leg as Baxter hit double eight to win his second leg, and he also finished 97 and 92 – with a superb bullseye finish – amongst winning five straight legs as he cut the gap to 8-6.

Baxter also had a chance to pull back to within a leg, but missed one dart at double eight as Taylor stopped his run by finishing double ten, and a bullseye-double 16 combination saw the reigning champion move 10-6 up.

Baxter finished 110 to take the next leg, but Taylor repeated his 82 finish and then took out double 16 to move 13-7 up.

Baxter hit a 180 and tops to win his eighth leg, and after Taylor took out another 11-darter he finished 103 to pull back to 14-9, although Taylor moved two legs away from the win by hitting tops.

Taylor posted his tenth 180 of the game in the 25th leg, but double 16 from Baxter kept him in the hunt as he pulled back to 15-10, but he would be left waiting on a finish in the next two legs as the Stoke great hit tops and finished 118 to complete the triumph.

“It’s fantastic to be through,” said Taylor. “Ronnie made me work hard there and I’m glad in a way that I got such a good start because I was getting a bit nervous when he came back.

“I was expecting Ronnie to come out firing because his confidence was high and he was brilliant in the quarter-finals, but I managed to get on top of him early on.

“He came back really well and took some superb finishes out, so it was a massive relief to finally get the winning double.”

Taylor is bidding to equal his own record of five successive World Matchplay wins as he seeks his 13th Winter Gardens title on Sunday, with his clash against world number three Wade a repeat of three previous finals in Blackpool.

“James has been exceptional this week and he had a fantastic game with Terry,” added Taylor. “I’m proud of him and I think he’ll play superbly tomorrow.

“He’s showed his grit and determination and he’s doing everything right this week, so it’s all set up for a great game.”

Baxter’s run to the last four saw him reach this stage for the sixth time in the World Matchplay, and will also see him return to the top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit after he earned £25,000 this week.

“I’m pleased to have got this far after what’s happened in the last 18 months, and to get to the semi-finals again is fantastic.

“I know I can push on from here, and I’ll put this defeat behind me now. I’ve had a good week but someone had to lose, and unfortunately it was me tonight.

“At the start I just couldn’t find my range but I got a few legs back. The second half of the game was pretty even, and when I was 15-10 down I thought I could have been 13-12 up, but Phil hit some good scores and some good finishes.”

1-0 – Taylor lands a 180 and finishes 114 to take the opening leg.
2-0 – The reigning champion lands another maximum and hits double 16 to take the second leg.
3-0 – Taylor posts a third 180, but initially misses doubles to allow Baxter a shot at 143 – but the local hero misses double 16 to get off the mark and Taylor hits double two.
4-0 – Taylor lands his fourth 180, and finishes 41 for an 11-darter to move four legs clear.
5-0 – The number one seed adds a fifth 180 in as many legs, and takes out 65 on tops to win his fifth successive leg.
6-0 – Taylor opens with a sixth 180 and finishes double four to continue his superb start.
6-1 – Baxter hits double eight to win his first leg of the game.
7-1 – Taylor posts yet another 180, and finishes 109 on tops to regain his six-leg lead.
8-1 – Taylor lands tops to take out 80 and continue his charge.
8-2 – Baxter misses the bull to take out 167, but returns to land double eight to win his second leg after Taylor misses three darts at tops.
8-3 – Double four from Baxter sees him win his third leg.
8-4 – Taylor misses tops and Baxter finishes 97 to break throw.
8-5 – Taylor is again off-target, this time on double 16, and Baxter finishes double five to reduce the gap to three legs.
8-6 – Baxter wins his fifth successive leg, finishing 92 with a superb bullseye.
9-6 – Baxter misses a dart at double eight to reduce the gap further, and Taylor hits double ten to win his first leg in six.
10-6 – Both players land 180s, but Taylor takes out an 11-darter by finishing 82 with a bullseye, double 16 combination.
10-7 – Taylor misses two darts at double six and Baxter finishes 110 to hit back.
11-7 – Taylor lands double eight for a 13-dart finish.
12-7 – Taylor again takes out a bullseye-double 16 combination to finish 82.
13-7 – Double 16 sees Taylor move four legs away from the win.
13-8 – Baxter hits a 180 to leave 41 and lands tops to reduce the gap.
14-8 – Taylor produces a superb 11-darter, hitting 180, 139 and 132 before finishing double 16.
14-9 – Baxter finishes 109 on double 16 to hit back.
15-9 – Taylor takes out tops to move two legs away from the final.
15-10 – Taylor opens with his tenth 180 of the game, but Baxter hits double 16 to reach double figures in legs won.
16-10 – Taylor moves a leg away from the win by landing tops.
17-10 – Taylor finishes 118 on tops to secure his place in the final.


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