Reigning champions England cruised through to the World Cup quarter-finals without dropping a leg in their second-round clash, as former winners Netherlands came through a doubles decider against the Americans to progress on a dramatic day of darts in Frankfurt on Saturday.
The pairing of Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall kept alive England’s hopes of securing an unprecedented fifth World Cup crown with successive whitewash victories over the South African duo of Devon Petersen and Deon Oliver.
Lewis kicked off the tie with a whitewash victory over South African captain Devon Petersen. ‘Jackpot’ wasn’t at his vintage best, but averaged 87.13, converted 50% of his attempts at double and conjured up a fine 118 finish to triumph, whilst Chisnall also recorded a 4-0 win; averaging 89.73 and landing two maximums.
Two-time World Cup winners The Netherlands survived a minor scare to overcome the veteran American pairing of Darin Young and Larry Butler. Michael van Gerwen defeated Darin Young in the first rubber, before Larry Butler produced an exhibition of finishing to defeat five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld.
Van Gerwen was made to work for his victory over Young. ‘Big Daddy’ missed opportunities at double to break the world number one in the first and third legs, before MvG fired in a 14-darter in the sixth leg to prevail with a 93.87 average.
Raymond van Barneveld posted the second highest singles average of the day, but it wasn’t enough to defeat an inspired Larry Butler. The 1994 World Matchplay champion defied a 98.34 average and three maximums from RvB to prevail 4-2; taking out finishes of 68, 120, 109 and 95 to triumph with a remarkable 100% checkout success rate.
Nevertheless, the Dutch duo produced another magnificent showing in the pairs to progress. Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld averaged 109.33 in their first-round defeat of Russia- the second highest pairs average in the event’s history. However, they bettered that just 24 hours later; averaging a magnificent 111.33 to prevail by a 4-0 scoreline.
The Netherlands drew first blood in the pairs, after Van Gerwen landed a maximum and found D10 for a 14-dart opening salvo. Van Barneveld then doubled the Dutch lead with a clinical 102 checkout, before MvG rounded-off brilliant 13 and 14-dart legs to seal victory for the 2014 winners.
Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld will face host-nation Germany in Sunday’s quarter-finals, after the young pairing of Max Hopp and Martin Schindler recorded comprehensive singles victories over tournament debutants Brazil, who did themselves proud.
Diogo Portela and Alexandre Sattin claimed an emotional win over Switzerland in round-one, but the Germans proved too strong. Schindler whitewashed Sattin in the opening rubber, before Hopp eased past Portela 4-1; averaging 93.04, hitting 80% of his attempts at double and taking out a majestic 161 finish in the opening leg.
Singapore’s World Cup fairy-tale continued, as they dumped out the dangerous Spanish duo of Cristo Reyes and Antonio Alcinas to reach the last eight, with the legendary Paul Lim once again playing a starring role.
Paul Lim kicked off the tie with a 4-0 whitewash over Antonio Alcinas; averaging 87.13, posting a maximum and converting 44% of his attempts at double. Cristo Reyes forced a doubles decider after easing past Harith Lim 4-1, but the Singapore pairing performed superbly in the doubles; averaging 91.09 to triumph 4-0 and stun the Spaniards.
Nevertheless, the biggest shock of the day saw Russia dump out former finalists Australia, to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the very first time. Alexandr Oreshkin produced an impressive display to defeat Kyle Anderson 4-2 in the opening tie; averaging 93.41, hitting one maximum and boasting a 36% checkout success rate.
However, Simon Whitlock, still nursing a wrist injury, levelled the tie with a convincing 4-1 win over Boris Koltsov. It all came down to the decisive doubles clash, but Russia produced their highest pairs average in World Cup history to triumph; posting a 93.94 average and converting 50% of their double attempts to thrash the shell-shocked Aussies.
Russia will take on fourth seeds Wales in the last eight, after the 2010 finalists came through successive last-leg deciders in the singles to edge out the Republic of Ireland. Gerwyn Price posted an individual average of 115.62 in Wales’ first-round doubles clash on Thursday, but he struggled to replicate that display against Mick McGowan.
The UK Open finalist missed an incredible nineteen darts at double against McGowan, but still prevailed 4-3 with an 83.83 average. Former Lakeside world champion Mark Webster then defeated William O’Connor by the same scoreline, despite O’Connor averaging 91.35 to Webster’s 85.78.
Ronny Huybrechts produced the performance of the day as Belgium swept aside the Greek duo of John Michael and Ioannis Selachoglou to reach the last eight. Kim Huybrechts defeated Selachoglou in a scrappy opener, despite converting just 19% of his darts at double and averaging a modest 88.43
Nevertheless, Ronny turned on the style to whitewash Greek number one John Michael. ‘The Rebel’ averaged a sensational 115.62- the highest televised average ever posted by a Belgian player. Ronny also converted 80% of his darts at double en route to victory, as 2013 finalists Belgium take on the giant-killers Singapore for a place in the semi-finals.
Elsewhere, seventh seeds Austria will take on reigning champions England in Sunday’s quarter-finals, as the Austrians aim to secure a semi-final spot for the first time in the competition’s history. Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez breezed to victory over Canada; dropping just two legs across both singles matches.
Mensur Suljovic kicked off the last 16 tie with an emphatic whitewash win over three-time world champion John Part. Part struggled throughout; averaging a miserly 72.09 as Suljovic prevailed with an 89.73 average. Rowby-John then defeated an exuberant John Norman Jr in the second singles tie; completing victory with a modest 80.78 average.
The £300,000 tournament concludes on Sunday, with the afternoon session’s quarter-finals followed in the evening session by the semi-finals and final. Third seeds Netherlands remain favourites with the bookmakers, but England’s Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall are the highest seeds remaining in this year’s event.
Betway World Cup of Darts
Saturday June 3
Afternoon Session (2pm local time, 1pm BST)
Belgium v Greece
Singles One: Kim Huybrechts 4-2 Ioannis Selachoglou
Singles Two: Ronny Huybrechts 4-0 John Michael
Doubles: R Huybrechts/K Huybrechts v Selachoglou/Michael – Not needed
Final Result : Belgium 2-0 Greece
Wales v Republic of Ireland
Singles One : Gerwyn Price 4-3 Mick McGowan
Singles Two: Mark Webster 4-3 William O’Connor
Doubles: Price/Webster v McGowan/O’Connor – Not needed
Final Result: Wales 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Australia v Russia
Singles One: Kyle Anderson 2-4 Aleksandr Oreshkin
Singles Two: Simon Whitlock 4-1 Boris Koltsov
Doubles: Anderson/Whitlock 0-4 Oreshkin/Koltsov
Final Result: Australia 1-2 Russia
Singapore v Spain
Singles One: Paul Lim 4-0 Antonio Alcinas
Singles Two: Harith Lim 1-4 Cristo Reyes
Doubles: Lim/Lim 4-0 Alcinas/Reyes
Final Result: Singapore 2-1 Spain
Evening Session (8pm local time, 7pm BST)
Austria v Canada
Singles One: Mensur Suljovic 4-0 John Part
Singles Two: Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-1 John Norman Jnr
Doubles: Suljovic/Rodriguez v Part/Norman Jnr – Not needed
Result: Austria 2-0 Canada
Germany v Brazil
Singles One: Martin Schindler 4-0 Alexandre Sattin
Singles Two: Max Hopp 4-1 Diogo Portella
Doubles: Schindler/Hopp v Sattin/Portella – Not needed
Result: Germany 2-0 Brazil
England v South Africa
Singles One: Adrian Lewis 4-0 Devon Petersen
Singles Two: Dave Chisnall 4-0 Deon Oliver
Doubles: Lewis/Chisnall v Petersen/Oliver – Not needed
Result: England 2-0 South Africa
Netherlands v United States of America
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 4-2 Darin Young
Singels Two: Raymond van Barneveld 2-4 Larry Butler
Doubles: Van Gerwen/Van Barneveld 4-0 Young/Butler
Result: Netherlands 2-1 United States of America