Chisnall faces Caven in World Matchplay opener

Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig
Dave Chisnall. Picture: Lawrence Lustig

Dave Chisnall kicks off his BetVictor World Matchplay campaign on Monday night.

The Morecambe-based darts ace takes on Leicester’s Jamie Caven in his opening round clash on July 20 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool.

If victorious, Premier League star Chisnall will play World Youth Champion Keegan Brown or Scot Robert Thornton in the second round on Wednesday evening. June 22.

The quarter-finals are then split across the following Thursday and Friday with the semi-finals and final taking place on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The event, now in its 22nd year, kicks off on Saturday evening with Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright all in action on the opening night.

Reigning World Matchplay champion Phil Taylor plays John Henderson on the final day of first round action on Monday as he aims to win a sensational eighth consecutive title at the Winter Gardens.

Running until July 26, the World Matchplay is live on Sky Sports.