Blackpool’s Winter Gardens has provided some spectacular seaside memories, so we cast our mind back to five of the best World Matchplay moments.
5. Harrington-Baxter Final – 1998
The competition has served up memorable matches over the years and in 1998 Rod Harrington and Ronnie Baxter produced a classic final at the Winter Gardens.
With Baxter waiting on 40, Harrington took out a superb 125 checkout, and then sealed a 19-17 victory.
Harrington would repeat his title triumph the following year, defeating Peter Manley 19-17 in the final.
4. Lloyd’s Winning 170 – 2005
We go back 12 years to Colin Lloyd’s superb 170 checkout in the 2005 final to win the tournament.
‘Jaws’ entered the tournament as the world No 1 and would live up to his status, firing in 15 180s during the final against John Part.
But Lloyd would seal his victory with the highest possible finish, rattling off a spectacular 170 to spark wild scenes of celebration at the Winter Gardens.
3. Freddie calls MVG nine-darter – 2012
A youthful MVG five years ago takes our third-placed moment – ably assisted by a England cricketing hero!
In a high-quality match against Steve Beaton, the pair were locked at 4-4 with Van Gerwen stepping up to pick off the perfect nine, starting with a pair of 180s, much to the delight of a certain Freddie Flintoff in the commentary box.
2. Lewis-MVG semi-final – 2013
Michael van Gerwen had produced an impressive run in the 2013 tournament, defeating Colin Lloyd, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall on his path to a last-four match with Lewis.
Both men continued to exchange legs to set up a tense finale and Van Gerwen was inches away from a 146 finish before ‘Jackpot’ picked out double seven to seal a 17-15 victory.
1. Power’s nine-dart finish – 2002
Phil Taylor had to sit at number one, dominating the Winter Gardens with an incredible 15 Matchplay titles, but where to turn for a highlight when there are so many?
With titles already common place we turn to 2002 and Taylor breaking the mould with a nine-dart finish – the Matchplay’s first.
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