England edge out Netherlands to seal World Cup glory!

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England won the World Cup of Darts for a record fourth time with victory over Netherlands in a thrilling final on Sunday evening in Frankfurt. The decisive match was contested between Adrian Lewis and Michael van Gerwen, and Jackpot prevailed 4-1 in an emotionally-charged contest.

Phil Taylor struck first in Sunday’s final, averaging 102. 94 in defeating Michael van Gerwen 4-3. Taylor was the better player throughout, with MvG’s average languishing in the 70’s at one stage. Taylor missed two darts for a 4-2 victory as Michael forced a deciding leg, but Taylor converted D16 for a 68 checkout to claim the spoils.

However, Raymond van Barneveld drew Netherlands level at 1-1 with another deciding-leg victory over Adrian Lewis. Barney started strongly, before missing three darts for a 3-0 advantage. Lewis responded well and forced a seventh and deciding leg, but Raymond showed his class, securing victory with a majestic 11-darter.

The doubles contest was the third tie of the final and many believed that this would be the decisive contest. England won the opening leg by virtue of a 103 checkout, but Netherlands fired straight back with a 13-darter. Lewis missed D20 to regain the lead, and Van Barneveld punished this error, with a wonderful 104 outshot on D16.

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World Cup of Darts- Second Round Report!

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England, Scotland and Netherlands all eased through to the quarter-finals of the 2016 Betway World Cup of Darts, whilst Canada caused the shock of the tournament thus far, dumping out fifth seeds Wales in the second-round in Frankfurt on Saturday.

Defending champions England breezed through to the last eight without dropping a single leg, as Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis defeated Yuanjun Liu and Wenge Xie 4-0 respectively. Taylor averaged just 81 in his singles match, whilst Lewis averaged a modest 89. However, this contest will be remembered more for the exuberant antics of the Wenge Xie!

Elsewhere, second seeds Scotland progressed to the quarter-finals, after Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton won their respective singles contests against Norway. World champion Anderson survived a major scare against the impressive Cor Dekker, coming through in a pulsating last-leg decider.

Dekker left himself on 52 as he neared in on a historic win, but Anderson showed his class, snatching victory with a majestic 160 finish. Meanwhile, Robert Thornton’s progress was more serene, as the World Grand-Prix champion averaged 85 in defeating the experienced Robert Wagner 5-1.

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World Cup of Darts- Day One Report!

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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.

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2016 World Cup of Darts Preview!

The 2016 Betway World Cup of Darts gets underway in Frankfurt on Thursday evening, as Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis aim to defend their title, and secure a fourth World Cup crown for England. Josh’s Dartistry assesses the contenders and darkhorses for this year’s title!

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Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis defeated the Scottish duo of Gary Anderson and Peter Wright in last year’s final. They have won this competition in three of the last four years and they’ll enter this year’s event as top seeds. Taylor and Lewis are very good friends and they form a strong partnership which is imperative, particularly in the doubles format.

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PDC World Cup of Darts Draw!

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England will begin their World Cup defence against Spain when the World Cup of Darts begins in Frankfurt next month, whilst two-time winners Netherlands will take on Russia.

The tournament will be held from June 2-5 at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, where 32 nations – each represented by two players – will compete across four days in a knockout pairs format.

Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis will once again represent England, as they look to secure their fourth World Cup triumph in five years. They will face Spain, who memorably defeated Taylor and Wade in the inaugural staging of the competition back in 2010.

Netherlands will take on Russia in their opening match, whilst Scotland, who reached the final of last year’s event, will meet New Zealand. Belgium, runners-up back in 2013, will take on Poland, whilst former finalists Wales lock horns against Finland.

One of the ties of the first-round sees host-nation Germany take on Australia, who were finalists in 2012. Northern Ireland will play Japan, whilst the other seeded nation Austria, will meet Italy.

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