Michael van Gerwen to face Steve Beaton at World Matchplay

Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands in action during his quarter-final match Clinton Bridge of Australia against during day two of the Sydney Darts Masters on August 30, 2013
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PDC world champion Michael van Gerwen is handed a first-round clash with Steve Beaton at the World Matchplay, which begins in Blackpool on July 19.

Michael van Gerwen will begin his World Matchplay campaign with a opening-round match with Steve Beaton.

The Dutchman, who won the PDC World Championship in January, is the number one seed for the tournament, which will begin at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on July 19.

Defending champion Phil Taylor has been handed a clash with Darren Webster, while last year's runner-up Adrian Lewis will face Andrew Gilding

2014 Lakeside winner Stephen Bunting will make his Matchplay debut against sixth seed Peter Wright, while Raymond van Barneveld has been given an all-Dutch affair with the in-form Vincent van der Voort.

World Matchplay draw:

Michael van Gerwen vs. Steve Beaton
Ian White vs. Terry Jenkins
Andy Hamilton vs. Wayne Jones
Dave Chisnall vs. Dean Winstanley
James Wade vs. Andy Smith
Brendan Dolan vs. Richie Burnett
Simon Whitlock vs. Kevin Painter
Raymond van Barneveld vs. Vincent van der Voort
Phil Taylor vs. Darren Webster
Justin Pipe vs. Michael Smith
Robert Thornton vs. Paul Nicholson
Wes Newton vs. Ronnie Baxter
Peter Wright vs. Stephen Bunting
Gary Anderson vs. Jamie Caven
Adrian Lewis vs. Andrew Gilding
Mervyn King vs. Kim Huybrechts

Phil Taylor of Britain reacts as he takes part in the PDC World Championship darts final against Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands on January 1, 2013
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