Bet Victor World Matchplay: Whitlock Wins First Round Thriller

SIMON WHITLOCK 10 – 8 Jelle Klaasen

Simon Whitlock overcame the challenge of Jelle Klaasen in a thrilling battle at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens as he reached the second round of the World Matchplay.

‘The Wizard’ produced a magical twelve dart leg to fend off a potential fight back from the Dutchman as he sealed a 10-8 victory on Saturday.

Whitlock had looked to be in cruise control when he opened up leads of 8-3 and 9-5 but Klaasen pushed him all the way before The Australian closed out the win, which he dedicated to his late father. Continue reading

Whitlock Ready to Rock in Blackpool

On-song Simon Whitlock believes the start of one of the biggest tournaments in world darts has come at the perfect time as he aims to continue his red-hot July form.

Australian ace Whitlock is one of 32 players heading to the Winter Gardens at Blackpool for the start of the week-long World Matchplay, which gets underway on Saturday night. Continue reading

Whitlock Brushes Up On World Matchplay Preparation

Simon Whitlock brushed up on his preparation for the upcoming World Matchplay with a trip to a leading paint manufacturer on Monday.

‘The Wizard’ was the star attraction at a darts day staged by his sponsors Leyland Paints at their headquarters in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Fresh from his victory in the Shetland Darts Masters at the weekend, Whitlock played more than 100 members of staff from Leyland Paints in a special nine dart challenge. Continue reading

European Darts Championship: Whitlock Denied Title Defence as Lewis Scoops Jackpot

Simon Whitlock’s bid to defend his European Championship title was ended by Adrian Lewis in Sunday’s final.

Whitlock, whose 2012 victory in the £200,000 tournament was his first PDC major title, went down 11-6 to a relentless Lewis performance.

The Australian’s run to the final included victories over Colin Lloyd and the Huybrechts brothers; Kim and Ronny.

But his most memorable display came in the quarter-finals, where he completed a stunning comeback from 9-3 down to defeat Jamie Caven 10-9. Continue reading

European Darts Championship: Defending Champion Whitlock Reaches Final

SIMON WHITLOCK 11 – 7 Ronny Huybrechts

Simon Whiltock moved one win away from a successful defence of his European Championship title after defeating Ronny Huybrechts on Sunday evening.

Whitlock, who won his maiden major title at the tournament in 2012, booked his place in this year’s final with an 11-7 success over the Belgian.

The Australian ace raced into a 5-1 lead and his opponent never recovered, as the world number five moved closer to claiming the £50,000 first prize once again. Continue reading