World Matchplay Race Intensifies As Just Three Places Remain

There are now just three remaining spots available for the 2019 Betfred World Matchplay in Blackpool next month following the weekends PDC action in both EuroTour qualifiers and Players Championship 17 and 18 events.

The top sixteen in the Order of Merit qualify by right, meaning a debut for UK Open Champion, Nathan Aspinall. “The Asp” qualifies as a seed on debut in the first instance of this occurring since Raymond van Barneveld back in 2007.

The remaining sixteen places will go to the highest placed ProTour Order of Merit ranked players.

Glen Durrant will be in Blackpool and caps a remarkable six months in the PDC with over £50,000 in prize money banked on the tour thus far in 2019.

Krzysztof Ratajski is currently number one in the ProTour rankings, and he too will be a danger man at the Winter Gardens.

The other debutants at the second biggest PDC tournament of the year will be former BDO World Championship runner up, Danny Noppert, and emerging North East talent, Chris Dobey.

The current occupants of the tentative three left on offer are James Wilson, who had an important and much needed run to the semi finals of PC17 in Wigan on Saturday, Vincent van der Voort and Kyle Anderson. Things can still change though, with the Czech Darts Open this weekend the final opportunity for these placings to change.

The Betfred Matchplay will take place from Saturday 20th July.


  1. Michael van Gerwen
  2. Rob Cross
  3. Daryl Gurney
  4. Gary Anderson
  5. Michael Smith
  6. Peter Wright
  7. Gerwyn Price
  8. James Wade
  9. Mensur Suljovic
  10. Ian White
  11. Simon Whitlock
  12. Dave Chisnall
  13. Nathan Aspinall
  14. Jonny Clayton
  15. Darren Webster
  16. Adrian Lewis

ProTour Order of Merit Qualifiers

  1. Krzysztof Ratajski
  2. Ricky Evans
  3. Glen Durrant
  4. Joe Cullen
  5. Steve Beaton
  6. Jeffrey de Zwaan
  7. Jermaine Wattimena
  8. Chris Dobey
  9. Danny Noppert
  10. Max Hopp
  11. Stephen Bunting
  12. John Henderson
  13. Mervyn King
  14. Vincent van der Voort £35,000
  15. James Wilson £34,750
  16. Kyle Anderson £32,750 (* = Denotes Qualified)


  • Keegan Brown £31,500
  • William O’Connor £28,000
  • Ron Meulenkamp £26,750

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