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PDC World Matchplay Day One Review


Wins for Simon Whitlock, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis got day one underway of the PDC World Matchplay tournament at the Winter Gardens. 

Simon Whitlock 10-4 Jelle Klaasen

The Wizard was a comfortable winner over an in-form Jelle Klaasen, with the Aussie racing into a 5-0 lead which was enough to set Whitlock on his way to the win. Klaasen briefly threatened a fight back but the man from down under once again accelerated to pull away and seal victory with a 120 checkout for a 10-4 victory.

 Peter Wright 10-5 Kim Huybrechts 

In what was billed as one of the ties of the round, Snakebite proved too strong for the Belgian, showing why the eccentric Wright is considered a contender. The Scotsman raced into a 6-0 lead but was pegged back by Huybrechts to within three before Wright closed the tie out with a sensational 161 checkout on the bull for a 10-5 victory.

Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Benito van de Pas 

MVG was in imperious form as he blew away his fellow Dutchman in the early stages to race into a 9-1 lead before van de Pas regained some respectability to pick three legs up towards the end of the clash. However MVG was in no mood to allow van de Pas a way back in as the tournament favourite sealed victory with a 100 checkout to move into the next round

Adrian Lewis 10-7 Joe Murnan

Adrian Lewis was made to work for his victory over debutant Joe Murnan who gave a good account on his first appearance in Blackpool. Lewis raced into a 7-2 lead but was made to work hard as the Bolton born Murnan, who has no tour card, pegged back Jackpot before the former world champion sealed a nervy victory with a a double top to make it through to the second round. 

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