Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld recorded the second highest pairs average in World Cup history to kick off their campaign in stunning style, as reigning champions England battled through on another eventful night of darts in Frankfurt on Friday evening. Continue reading “2017 World Cup of Darts: Day Two Report!”→
Netherlands and Scotland both survived scares on the opening night of the 2016 World Cup of Darts, whilst host nation Germany were dumped out by Australia on Thursday night in Frankfurt.
The Dutch duo of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld prevailed 5-3 in a hard-fought affair against Russia’s pairing of Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin. Oreshkin’s methodical style, coupled with the doubles format, made it extremely difficult for either MvG or Barney to gain any rhythm, which reflected in the performances.
The Netherlands averaged just 82.52 and converted 38% of their attempts at double, but they produced their best leg to cross the winning line, with Van Barneveld converting D10 for a 16-darter. Koltsov in particular acquitted himself extremely well, but the experience of the Dutchmen eventually paid dividends.
Elsewhere, Scotland reeled off four straight legs to scrape past an impressive New Zealand; represented by Cody Harris and veteran Warren Parry. However, Harris stole the headlines with a wonderful performance, recording eight 140s and a 137, whilst also completing a spectacular 125 checkout (T18, T13, D16) in the opening leg.
Last week I had the opportunity to catch up with Hungarian darts player Pal Szekely, who is also the founder and creator of ‘Dart Math’; an interactive and educational software that was released earlier this year.
It’s a software that is aimed to primarily improve young children’s basic mathematics skills in an interactive and practical fashion. However, it is applicable for all ages and standards. Please check out my exclusive Q/A with Pal, as we discussed the concept behind the program, and his ambitions for the product’s future.