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Result: Michael van Gerwen overcomes Steve Beaton at World Matchplay

PDC world champion Michael van Gerwen records a 10-7 victory over Steve Beaton to advance through to the second round of the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

World number one Michael van Gerwen has progressed through to the second round of the World Matchplay after he recorded a 10-7 win over Steve Beaton.

Van Gerwen, who won his first world title at the start of 2014, missed 24 darts at a double against Beaton, who, at several stages in the match, reduced the deficit to one leg to keep the Dutchman under pressure.

However, after Beaton had brought it back to 8-7, Van Gerwen withstood two maximums from his opponent to take the final two legs and qualify for the last 16.

Van Gerwen will now play Stoke-on-Trent thrower Ian White, who produced one of his best performances on television in running out a 10-4 victor over Terry Jenkins.

2007 winner James Wade got his Matchplay campaign off to a winning start with a comfortable 10-5 triumph over Andy Smith, while Simon Whitlock hit five maximums on his way to beating Kevin Painter by a 10-6 scoreline.

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