Dean plays his first game in this year’s Betfair World Matchplay tonight, and should be toe to oche about 9pm (ISH) in the third game of the night on Sky Sports, taking on the super Scott Gary Anderson.
Dean has been in Blackpool a while with his partner Lorraine, getting used to the venue (his first visit to the Matchplay of course), and preparing mentally for what will be a tough game against one of the worlds top ranked players. Dean spoke recently about the match and the tournament with his webmaster Krispy, in the interview here.
The big question mark in the game later is regarding Winstanley’s opponent Gary Anderson’s state of mind and body, as he’s been suffering with an eye problem in recent months, which has forced him to pull out of a few events. Dean isn’t letting that affect him or his preparations though, as he know’s Anderson is a real battler!
So tune in to Sky Sports tonight from 7pm, and enjoy a great night of darts. The evening in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens opens up with Dean’s friend and stable-mate, Justin Pipe.
Tues 24th July; Round 1: Dean Winstanley 13-11 Gary Anderson
Dean was 5-0 down at one point.. and couldn’t buy a double.. especially tops (was 1 from 10!). Then after a break.. he turned his game around, smashing in tops at will, winning 6 legs in a row at one point. At 8-8, Dean hits another 180, setting out his out, but Gary hits a 120 shanghai to break and go 9-8 up. Dean hits 180, then 82 on a bullseye from a completely blocked out position to stay in the game, and the crowd goes MAD! (check the video page for what’s being called “the greatest shot ever”) At 10-9 to Gary, Dean misses a tops to leave Gary on 86.. but he throws a dart out of the board?! 10-10.. and it’s got to be won by 2 clear breaks. Another 180 from Dean, but Gary takes the leg.. then a great leg from Dean and an 84 c/o to level it. Dean BREAKS.. left himself tops from 121 and takes it out.
On his own throw, Dean wires tops.. Gary on 98… goes inside tops himself. Dean… HITS TOPS AND WINS! What a game – the highlight of round 1, and it earns Dean an interview with Dave Clark.
Dean now plays Ronnie Baxter in round 2 on Thursday night – see you there!
“We’ve seen some touches of genius. Matches like this make this job a pleasure to do.” – Stuart Pyke.