Simon Whitlock missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the World Matchplay after suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of James Wade in a brilliant battle in Blackpool.
Wade edged the Australian ace 18-16 in a tie-break after a sensational display of darts from both players on Thursday evening.
The pair both averaged just shy of 100 in a marvellous match, which saw the lead change hands seven times. Continue reading
SIMON WHITLOCK 13 – 10 Kevin Painter
Simon Whitlock won through to the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay with a 13-10 success over Kevin Painter on Tuesday evening.
The Australian ace battled past Painter in a tight encounter to further extend his stay in Blackpool.
And the former European Champion announced his intention to go all the way after coming through two hard matches in the opening rounds. Continue reading
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
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
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