2008 World Matchplay (darts)

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Stan James World Matchplay
Tournament information
Dates 20–26 July
Venue Winter Gardens
Location Blackpool
Country England
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Legs
Prize fund £300,000
Winners share £60,000
High checkout 161 England Matt Clark
Quarter Final
vs England James Wade
Champion(s)
England Phil Taylor

The 2008 Stan James World Matchplay was the 15th annual staging of the tournament by the Professional Darts Corporation. The tournament took place from Sunday 20 July to Saturday 26 July. It was staged at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. World number three, James Wade went into the competition as the defending champion and managed to reach the final for the third year in a row, but was defeated by top seed Phil Taylor 18-9 who won his ninth World Matchplay championship.

Prize fund[edit]

A total of £300,000 was available for the players, divided based on the following performances:

Winner - £60,000
Runner-up - £30,000
Semi-finalists - £17,000
Quarter-finalists - £12,000
Second round losers - £8,000
First round losers - £4,000

Nine-dart jackpot - £10,000

Qualification[edit]

The qualification process for the World Matchplay differed this year. The top 16 in the PDC Order of the Merit after the 2008 UK Open qualified automatically as the 16 seeds. The other 16 places would be made up of the 16 highest ranked players (not already in the top 16) from the 2008 Players Championship Order of Merit - decided by the various Player Championship events taking place on the PDC Pro Tour from January 2008 - the cutoff point was the Las Vegas Players Championship just before the 2008 Las Vegas Desert Classic.[1]

Thus, the participants were:

Draw[edit]

1st Round,[2] 20–22 July,
b.o.19
2nd Round, 22–23 July,
best of 25
Quarter Finals, 24 July,
best of 31
Semi Finals, 25 July,
best of 33
Final, 26 July,
best of 35
                             
1 England Phil Taylor 103.53 10
England Steve Beaton 97.91 6
1 England Phil Taylor 109.70 13
16 England Colin Osborne 97.08 5
16 England Colin Osborne 96.78 10
England Mervyn King 91.48 7
1 England Phil Taylor 95.78 16
England Kevin McDine 89.76 6
8 England Adrian Lewis 88.75 8
England Kevin McDine 96.02 10
England Kevin McDine 92.29 13
England Mark Walsh 95.02 9
9 England Colin Lloyd 91.37 6
England Mark Walsh 100.41 10
1 England Phil Taylor 105.59 17
12 England Dennis Priestley 96.56 8
5 England Terry Jenkins 92.48 10
England Alex Roy 91.32 6
5 England Terry Jenkins 93.10 11
12 England Dennis Priestley 94.60 13
12 England Dennis Priestley 91.13 10
England Adrian Gray 84.63 8
12 England Dennis Priestley 94.10 16
13 England Alan Tabern 90.65 14
4 Canada John Part 85.24 10
England Chris Mason 81.97 3
4 Canada John Part 90.26 7
13 England Alan Tabern 93.53 13
13 England Alan Tabern 95.75 10
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 92.25 8
1 England Phil Taylor 109.47 18
3 England James Wade 102.58 9
2 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 88.41 11
England Mark Frost 82.17 9
2 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 90.99 13
England Tony Eccles 84.83 3
15 England Kevin Painter 86.57 8
England Tony Eccles 88.73 10
2 Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 89.32 16
10 England Wayne Mardle 87.90 18
7 England Andy Hamilton 92.59 12
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 93.22 14
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 88.13 9
10 England Wayne Mardle 91.70 13
10 England Wayne Mardle 88.29 11
England Mark Dudbridge 88.28 9
10 England Wayne Mardle 88.92 5
3 England James Wade 102.73 17
6 Netherlands Roland Scholten 90.56 4
England Matt Clark 90.75 10
England Matt Clark 88.39 13
11 England Peter Manley 88.91 6
11 England Peter Manley 91.14 10
England Denis Ovens 90.59 4
England Matt Clark 93.27 12
3 England James Wade 97.85 16
3 England James Wade 96.31 10
England Wayne Jones 91.04 4
3 England James Wade 97.99 13
14 England Ronnie Baxter 93.06 7
14 England Ronnie Baxter 93.33 10
England Andy Smith 84.45 4

Scores after player's names are three-dart averages (total points scored divided by darts thrown and multiplied by 3)

All games had to be won by 2 clear legs (e.g. in Rd 1 there could not be a 10-9 scoreline it had to be 11-9 or 10-8)

Statistics[edit]

Player Played Legs Won Legs Lost LWAT 100+ 140+ 180s High Checkout 3-dart Average
England Phil Taylor 5 74 34 30 143 92 36 160 104.81
England James Wade 5 65 46 28 120 95 42 157 99.49
England Steve Beaton 1 6 10 0 19 14 4 152 97.91
England Mark Walsh 2 19 19 7 60 26 12 96 97.72
England Colin Osborne 2 15 20 5 44 19 10 110 96.93
England Dennis Priestley 4 47 50 18 131 62 13 155 94.10
England Alan Tabern 3 37 31 14 98 52 14 120 93.31
England Ronnie Baxter 2 17 17 7 44 23 4 102 93.20
England Terry Jenkins 2 21 19 9 52 30 9 160 92.79
England Kevin McDine 3 29 33 9 87 35 15 160 92.69
England Andy Hamilton 1 12 14 5 35 18 4 140 92.59
Netherlands Vincent van der Voort 1 8 10 3 18 15 5 96 92.25
England Mervyn King 1 7 10 1 22 13 1 116 91.49
England Colin Lloyd 1 6 10 2 22 5 2 127 91.37
England Alex Roy 1 6 10 3 27 13 2 116 91.32
England Wayne Jones 1 4 10 1 18 12 1 116 91.04
England Matt Clark 3 35 26 11 75 34 9 161 90.80
Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 2 23 25 9 64 29 8 112 90.68
England Denis Ovens 1 4 10 1 22 10 3 110 90.59
Netherlands Roland Scholten 1 4 10 0 17 6 1 74 90.56
England Peter Manley 2 16 17 5 48 20 8 156 90.03
Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 3 40 30 16 91 44 6 138 89.57
England Wayne Mardle 4 47 51 16 133 65 12 155 89.20
England Adrian Lewis 1 8 10 3 17 14 4 116 88.75
England Mark Dudbridge 1 9 11 2 23 18 5 160 88.28
Canada John Part 2 17 16 6 26 24 7 120 87.75
England Tony Eccles 2 13 21 4 54 11 4 157 86.78
England Kevin Painter 1 8 10 3 26 10 2 76 86.57
England Adrian Gray 1 8 10 3 23 7 3 81 84.63
England Andy Smith 1 4 10 1 22 5 2 80 84.45
England Mark Frost 1 9 11 5 29 13 2 102 82.17
England Chris Mason 1 3 10 1 26 3 0 115 81.97

Results[edit]

Round 1, Sunday 20 July[edit]

Evening Session

  • England Mark Walsh 10-6 Colin LloydEngland
  • England Wayne Mardle 11-9 Mark DudbridgeEngland
  • England Colin Osbourne 10-7 Mervyn KingEngland

Round 1, Monday 21 July[edit]

Afternoon Session

  • England Dennis Priestley 10-8 Adrian GrayEngland
  • England Kevin Painter 8-10 Tony EcclesEngland
  • Netherlands Roland Scholten 4-10 Matt ClarkEngland
  • England Terry Jenkins 10-6 Alex RoyEngland

Evening Session

  • Canada John Part 10-3 Chris MasonEngland
  • England Kevin McDine 10-8 Adrian LewisEngland
  • England Phil Taylor 10-6 Steve BeatonEngland
  • Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 Mark FrostEngland

Round 1 and 2, Tuesday 22 July[edit]

Andy Hamilton throws against Michael van Gerwen in their epic first round match.

Afternoon Session

  • England Ronnie Baxter 10-4 Andy SmithEngland
  • England Alan Tabern 10-8 Vincent van der VoortNetherlands
  • England Andy Hamilton 12-14 Michael van GerwenNetherlands
  • England Peter Manley 10-4 Dennis OvensEngland

Evening Session

  • England James Wade 10-4 Wayne JonesEngland

Round 2

  • England Phil Taylor 13-5 Colin OsborneEngland
  • England Kevin McDine 13-9 Mark WalshEngland

Round 2, Wednesday 23 July[edit]

Afternoon Session

  • England Terry Jenkins 11-13 Dennis PriestleyEngland
  • Canada John Part 7-13 Alan TabernEngland
  • Netherlands Michael van Gerwen 9-13 Wayne MardleEngland

Evening Session

  • England Matt Clark 13-6 Peter ManleyEngland
  • Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 13-3 Tony EcclesEngland
  • England James Wade 13-7 Ronnie BaxterEngland

Quarter Finals, Thursday 24 July[edit]

Afternoon Session

  • England Dennis Priestley 16-14 Alan TabernEngland
  • England Matt Clark 12-16 James WadeEngland

Evening Session

  • Netherlands Raymond van Barneveld 16-18 Wayne MardleEngland
  • England Phil Taylor 16-6 Kevin McDineEngland

Semi Finals, Friday 25 July[edit]

  • England Phil Taylor 17-8 Dennis PriestleyEngland
  • England Wayne Mardle 5-17 James WadeEngland

Final, Saturday 26 July[edit]

  • England Phil Taylor 18-9 James WadeEngland

The Aftermath[edit]

Phil Taylor[edit]

Taylor was reduced to tears upon winning the second most prestigious title in the PDC for the ninth time. He could not speak to interviewers and simply stood on the stage with a tearful look in his eyes. Later on, Taylor explained that he was overwhelmed by all of the support that he'd received, he also explained how he once thought he was never going to win the title ever again.

James Wade[edit]

Wade took his loss in good spirit. Despite not winning the tournament (as he did in 2007), he has now almost caught up with Raymond van Barneveld in the world rankings and is only £4000 behind him.

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