"The Bronzed Adonis" Steve Beaton is set to face Michael van Gerwen in a staggering 20th appearance at the PDC World Matchplay next weekend.
After making his Matchplay debut in 1998, Steve has since qualified for every instance of the tournament since 2001 and has been drawn against World number 1 Michael van Gerwen this year.
It’ll be the third time the pairing has met in Blackpool and it promises to be a fantastic showdown. The ever-green Beaton has been on great form over the first half of the season, maintaining a 100% qualification record on the Euro Tour so far, culminating in a 9-dart finish in the German Darts Open, in April.
Danny Noppert will be making his Matchplay debut and will take on defending champion Gary Anderson in Round 1. The Dutch star has also tasted 9-dart success this year, hitting the perfect leg in the semi-final of Players Championship 5.
World no.3 Daryl Gurney will look to replicate the form that saw him reach the Matchplay semi-finals two years ago, Superchin takes on ‘Rapid’ Ricky Evans on Monday 22nd July
The Wizard of Oz, Simon Whitlock, comes into the Winter Gardens as 11th seed for this year’s tournament and will take on 2019 Premier League Contender John Henderson, whilst Mervyn King returns to Blackpool, facing UK Open winner Nathan Aspinall.
The tournament has the 2nd biggest ranking prize fund on the Professional circuit and takes place from 20th - 28th July.
2019 Betfred World Matchplay
Schedule of Play
Saturday July 20 (1900 BST)
Nathan Aspinall v Mervyn King
Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson v Danny Noppert
Rob Cross v Chris Dobey
Sunday July 21 (1300 BST)
Darren Webster v Krzysztof Ratajski
Dave Chisnall v Max Hopp
Ian White v Joe Cullen
Michael Smith v Jamie Hughes
Evening Session (1930 BST)
James Wade v Jeffrey de Zwaan
Mensur Suljovic v Jermaine Wattimena
Michael van Gerwen v Steve Beaton
Adrian Lewis v Glen Durrant
Monday July 22 (1900 BST)
Jonny Clayton v Keegan Brown
Simon Whitlock v John Henderson
Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans
Peter Wright v Vincent van der Voort
Tuesday July 23 (1900 BST)
Smith/Hughes v Chisnall/Hopp
Wade/De Zwaan v Suljovic/Wattimena
Anderson/Noppert v Aspinall/King
Van Gerwen/Beaton v Lewis/Durrant
Wednesday July 24 (1900 BST)
Gurney/Evans v Clayton/Brown
Price/Bunting v White/Cullen
Cross/Dobey v Webster/Ratajski
Wright/Van der Voort v Whitlock/Henderson
Thursday July 25 (1900 BST)
Friday July 26 (1900 BST)
Saturday July 27 (1900 BST)
Sunday July 28 (1900 BST)
First Round - Best of 19 legs
Second Round - Best of 21 legs
Quarter-Finals - Best of 31 legs
Semi-Finals - Best of 33 legs
Final - Best of 35 legs
Full draw from the PDC available here.