Michael van Gerwen suffers shock first-round exit in World Matchplay

  • Brendan Dolan beats reigning champion 10-7
  • World No 1 Michael Smith defeats Steve Beaton 10-2

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen suffered a shock first-round exit at the Betfred World Matchplay in Blackpool, losing 10-7 to Brendan Dolan.

The three-time winner Van Gerwen could not have made a worse start to his title defence as Dolan, the world No 27, won the first three legs on his way to a 4-1 lead at the break.

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