Who wins the 2018 World Matchplay Darts?
Gerwyn Price is gone. Adrian Lewis and Daryl Gurney hung on by the skin of their teeth. Even Gary Anderson, now the World Matchplay favourite, needed to come from behind. Kim Huybrechts definitely is no clear favorite. In , he went to the Winter Gardens and lost in the first round. In , he repeated the trick. Then again in , , and He could be facing a more formidable foe than John Henderson. Yet a lot of people have written off the Highlander at their peril.
The rocking Scot could well rock Huybrechts and make unwanted history for his Belgian foe. The second tie features a man Huybrechts helped into the Matchplay. First up for Northy is Simon Whitlock, who reached the semi-finals in and Four-time quarter-finalist Dave Chisnall ran out a comfortable winner against Keegan Brown, growing in confidence as the tie went on after a tricky start. Jeffrey de Zwaan celebrates his monumental victory over odds-on tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen.
Two-time winner Michael van Gerwen exits the stage after being dumped out on the opening night. The final game of the opening night saw Michael Smith run out a comfortable winner over debutant Jonny Clayton.
Last year's quarter-finalist Darren Webster produced a strong display to defeat World Matchplay debutant Steve Lennon in the opening match of Sunday. Ian White edged a close encounter with German debutant Max Hopp. Joe Cullen enjoys his walk-on ahead of his first ever win on the Winter Gardens stage against Gerwyn Price. Daryl Gurney sinks to his knees after surviving 11 match darts against Steve West to claim a dramatic victory.
Two-time quarter-finalist Mensur Suljovic recorded his first win over Steve Beaton in nine-attempts. Gary Anderson came from behind to see off Stephen Bunting. Rob Cross enjoys the moment as he is introduced as World Champion for the first time at the Winter Gardens. Kim Huybrechts survived a match dart in a dramatic deciding leg against John Henderson to claim his first ever Winter Gardens win at the seventh attempt. Simon Whitlock secured a convincing victory over his close friend and Winter Gardens debutant Richard North.
James Wade tells his pregnant wife Sammi Marsh-Wade it's time for bed after battling his way a win over Jermaine Wattimena.
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