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World Matchplay 2017 Day Five live stream and order of play: Big guns vie for Quarter-Final berths

Brendan O'Neill in Darts 26 Jul 2017
Taylor takes down the board on stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Five of this year's Premier League players and a trio of in-form outsiders comprise a star-studded Second Round line-up at the 2017 World Matchplay in Blackpool on Wednesday.

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The sport's summer show-piece hots up as a host of box office names collide with Quarter-Final places up for grabs on the golden mile.

The pick of the evening's ties features the latest (and potentially last) chapter in the era-defining rivalry between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.

This will be the 80th competitive clash between the two great rivals, and with Taylor bowing out at the end of the season, it could well be the last time they ever meet in a major televised ranking event.

A fascinating sub-plot to the tournament sees Van Barneveld handed the opportunity to knock his nemesis out of his 24th and final World Matchplay campaign.

An emotional Taylor made light work of a tricky opening tie against Gerwyn Price to kick-start his quest for a fairy-tale 16th Matchplay crown at a venue he has made his own over the past three decades.

Van Barneveld, meanwhile, fended off a late revival from Joe Cullen before edging to a 10-8 victory and is out to claim his first win over 'The Power' in this competition and a first head-to-head since last December's World Championship.

With the spotlight on Taylor, defending champion Michael van Gerwen will be hoping it's business as usual as he bids to overcome a resurgent Simon Whitlock.

Van Gerwen's 11-4 rout of Stephen Bunting extended his unbeaten run on the Winter Gardens stage to eleven matches, though he will be keen to brush up on his finishing, having missed 22 darts at doubles in that victory.

Whitlock dispatched Aussie compatriot Kyle Anderson 10-5 on Monday with the aid of some fine finishing, and the former world finalist will be hoping to roll back the years in an attempt to tear up the script.

Like so many opponents, Whitlock has enjoyed minimal success against MVG in recent years, winning just one of their last 19 meetings dating back to 2013.

Adrian Lewis, the 2013 runner-up, aims to avert a potential scalp at the hands of a red hot Rob Cross.

Lewis marked his return to competitive action after a six-week absence due to injury with an impressive 10-7 defeat of Steve Beaton and the number four seed now has his sights set on the latter stages.

Lewis admitted he entered this event with minimal expectations following his recent back operation and that relaxed approach could pay dividends against an opponent in uncharted territory.

Cross, last year's Challenge Tour winner who has made huge strides in his first season as a PDC Tour Card holder, dumped out thirteenth seed Ian White for a dream Matchplay debut on Monday.

The Hastings ace appears unfazed by the bright lights of the televised stage and will hold no fear ahead of what it quite possibly the biggest match of his career to date.

Dave Chisnall looks to maintain his consistent run of results in this tournament by seeing off Alan Norris to reach his fifth straight Matchplay Quarter-Final.

The recent Shanghai Masters runner-up was solid if not spectacular in his opening round win over Mervyn King and will be out to go through the gears against a capable opponent who is knocking on the door of the world's top 16.

Norris battled back from behind to beat Kim Huybrechts 10-6 at the weekend but will be required to improve on an average of just 90 if he is to threaten the heavy-scoring St Helens seed.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 21 legs at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

Matches will proceed for a maximum of five additional legs before a tie-break leg is required. For example, in a best of 21 match, if the score reaches 13–13 then the 25th leg will be the decider.

BetVictor World Matchplay 2017 Schedule

Wednesday July 26 

Second Round

7.15pm Dave Chisnall v Alan Norris8.15pm Adrian Lewis v Rob Cross9.15pm Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld10.15pm Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock

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