Peter Wright Begins Betfred World Matchplay Title Defence Against Debutant Razma

The Betfred World Matchplay takes place from July 16-24 at Blackpool's iconic Winter Gardens
10:27, 12 Jul 2022

Peter Wright will begin the defence of his Betfred World Matchplay title against Madars Razma, with the draw confirmed for the summer's biggest darts event.

The reigning champion begins his quest to become the fourth player to retain the title against Latvia's Madars Razma, one of four debutants in the 32-player field.

Taking place from July 16-24 at Blackpool's iconic Winter Gardens, the first round sees the world's top 16 players seeded and pitted against the 16 qualifiers from the one-year ProTour Order of Merit.

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In a battle between two of the biggest names in darts, two-time champion Michael van Gerwen takes on 2013 runner-up Adrian Lewis, while a further four former champions are also among the field. James Wade meets debutant Martin Lukeman, Gary Anderson faces Daryl Gurney, Dimitri Van den Bergh takes on Callan Rydz and Rob Cross plays Chris Dobey.

World number two Gerwyn Price begins his bid for a first World Matchplay crown against German debutant Martin Schindler, while 2019 runner-up Michael Smith goes up against Andrew Gilding.

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Luke Humphries, who has won five ranking events in 2022, will play two-time TV champion Nathan Aspinall in one of the first round's most eye-catching ties.

Premier League runner-up Joe Cullen will face Australia's history-making World Cup winner Damon Heta, while Dirk van Duijvenbode will play Ryan Searle in a battle of 2022 ranking event winners.

The tournament will see players compete across nine days of action for £800,000 in prize money, with the winner taking home £200,000 and the coveted Phil Taylor Trophy.

This year's visit to the Winter Gardens also features the Betfred Women's World Matchplay, which will see eight players competing on Sunday July 24.

Click here for Betfred World Matchplay ticket information.

The tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK, through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV (excluding UK, Germany, Austria & Switzerland based subscribers).

2022 Betfred World Matchplay

Schedule Of Play

Saturday July 16 (1900 BST)

4x First Round

Krzysztof Ratajski v Stephen Bunting

Dimitri Van den Bergh v Callan Rydz

Peter Wright v Madars Razma

Jonny Clayton v Rowby-John Rodriguez

Sunday July 17

Afternoon Session (1300 BST)

4x First Round

Dirk van Duijvenbode v Ryan Searle

Danny Noppert v Brendan Dolan

Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney

Michael Smith v Andrew Gilding

Evening Session (1930 BST)

4x First Round

Joe Cullen v Damon Heta

James Wade v Martin Lukeman

Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis

Luke Humphries v Nathan Aspinall

Monday July 18 (1900 BST)

4x First Round

Rob Cross v Chris Dobey

Jose de Sousa v Gabriel Clemens

Gerwyn Price v Martin Schindler

Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts

Draw Bracket

(1) Peter Wright v Madars Razma

(16) Krzysztof Ratajski v Stephen Bunting

(8) Jonny Clayton v Rowby-John Rodriguez

(9) Dimitri Van den Bergh v Callan Rydz

(4) Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis

(13) Joe Cullen v Damon Heta

(5) James Wade v Martin Lukeman

(12) Luke Humphries v Nathan Aspinall

(2) Gerwyn Price v Martin Schindler

(15) Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts

(7) Jose de Sousa v Gabriel Clemens

(10) Rob Cross v Chris Dobey

(3) Michael Smith v Andrew Gilding

(14) Dirk van Duijvenbode v Ryan Searle

(6) Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney

(11) Danny Noppert v Brendan Dolan

Peter Wright is 15/2 to win the Betfred World Matchplay*

*18+ | BeGambleAware | Odds Subject To Change 

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