Most consecutive World Matchplay appearances as a seed as three players continue active streak

The World Matchplay will begin on Saturday 13 July with a bumper start to the tournament in what could be an incredible weekend for sport with the Euros and Wimbledon also concluding. In our latest look ahead, there are three players who will notch another year as a seed this time around.

They will both also get closer to the top spots with only Phil Taylor really imperious at the top who won't be usurped atop the most consecutive years as a World Matchplay seed and for Dave Chisnall who is currently the only player who is still active in his streak, he would have to play for 10 more years to achieve this.

Taylor played at the World Matchplay as a seed for 23 years showing how imperious he was at the tournament he won 16 times and with the trophy named after him, it is easy to see why. James Wade is next and he has lost his streak this year.

He usually gets in as an Order of Merit qualifier at a tournament that he is known to love at least early in his career. But after 17 years, that is over and the same of course can be said for Adrian Lewis who has not played for close to a year and is likely to lose his Tour Card. He reached 15 years in a row as a seed in the Winter Gardens spectacle.

But all eyes as a result will be on the other names going forward with Dave Chisnall out on his own on 13. While Michael van Gerwen sits on 12 and joins two former multiple World Champions and legends of the game in John Part and Raymond van Barneveld. Good company certainly.

Peter Wright also adds to his run. But for how much longer will he do so given his woeful form over the past year. The former champion sits on 11 years in a row as a seeded player in Blackpool and is alongside Ronnie Baxter, Peter Manley and Alan Warriner-Little. Super staying power and consistency.

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