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World Matchplay Darts: Michael van Gerwen stunned by Brendan Dolan in first round | Darts News

Brendan Dolan usurps Michael van Gerwen with a shocking victory; we’ll be back for more World Match action Monday at the iconic Winter Garden in Blackpool as the world’s top stars battle for the Phil Taylor Trophy – live on Sky Sports Action

Last Updated: 16/07/23 11:02 pm


Brendan Dolan knocks out defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the first round of World Matchplay

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Brendan Dolan knocks out defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the first round of World Matchplay

Brendan Dolan knocks out defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the first round of World Matchplay

Brendan Dolan made more history by knocking out defending World Matchplay champion Michael van Gerwen in the first round at Blackpool on Sunday.

In one of the biggest shocks at the Winter Garden, Dolan delivered a stunning performance to stun the favorite ahead of the 10-7 tournament.

Defending champion Van Gerwen began defending the Phil Taylor Trophy as favorites against world No. 27 Dolan during the evening.

Dolan, nicknamed the ‘History Maker’, won four of the first five races to lead the Dutchman by three points, but a stunning 137 from MVG kept him tied.

Dolan then opened up an 8-6 lead before making no mistake with a clinical 62 finish to move in a very uncomfortable situation.

The 49-year-old tennis player from Northern Ireland then dethroned the defending champion by winning a treble.

Dolan says he took his chance to shock Van Gerwen

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Dolan says he took his chance to shock Van Gerwen

Dolan says he took his chance to shock Van Gerwen

“To beat Michael van Gerwen in a big arena, I think going into this game he has more pressure, he’s the defending champion. He performed unbelievable in Ba. Lan last weekend and I know he’s in pain and trying to recover.He probably won’t recover in practice as much as he would like and that’s not Michael there tonight that we usually do. expected, but I’m on the moon,” said Dolan Sports sky.

“I created enough chances and used them enough to win the game.”

During the afternoon session, Dirk van Duijvenbode won a thrilling tie-break against Kim Huybrechts, surviving two darts to knock the Belgian out in the eighth round of his nine World Match appearances.

Chris Dobey ended his run without a win at the Winter Gardens with a strong 10-8 victory over 2007 champion James Wade.

Australian Damon Heta upsets the Blackpool crowd by mocking Jonny Bairstow and reminding everyone about the men's Ashes scores

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Australian Damon Heta upsets the Blackpool crowd by mocking Jonny Bairstow and reminding everyone about the men’s Ashes scores

Australian Damon Heta upsets the Blackpool crowd by mocking Jonny Bairstow and reminding everyone about the men’s Ashes scores

Australia number 1 damon heta donned a baggy green hat and his cricket bat to the Ashes-inspired performance and he celebrated his first win on the famous stage, thanks to the win resounded 10-5 against Josh Rock, a very popular newcomer.

Opening afternoon, semi-finals 2022 Danny Noppert survived a late scare to see off Martin Schindler in a grueling encounter.

We’ll be back for more World Match action at the iconic Winter Garden Monday at 7pm as the world’s top stars battle for the Phil Taylor Trophy – live on Sky Sports Action.




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