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. Continue reading “2017 World Cup of Darts: Day Three Report!”→
Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor will renew their rivalry at the inaugural Champions League of Darts, which gets underway in Cardiff this Saturday. The round-robin tournament, consisting solely of the world’s top eight players, will be televised on BBC Two- the first ever PDC event to be broadcast on the BBC.
Van Gerwen has been in magnificent form over recent weeks, amassing £55,000 in prize money within the last five days alone, having won the European Darts Grand Prix last weekend, before clinching an incredible Players Championship treble in Barnsley. He’ll certainly be the man to beat at the Motorpoint Arena.
The event sees players split into two groups of four, which begins with a round-robin phase. The top two players from each group will then progress to knockout semi-finals and the final, and the eventual winner will scoop the £100,000 first prize.
Van Gerwen and Taylor will be joined in Group A by the Scottish duo of Peter Wright and Robert Thornton. Three-time major finalist Wright is fifth seed, whilst Thornton, who will be defending his World Grand-Prix title next week, is seeded eighth.
Defending World Cup champions England survived a major scare as they scraped past the excellent Spanish pairing of Cristo Reyes and Antonio Alcinas in a thrilling last-leg decider in Frankfurt on Friday evening.
Taylor and Lewis, who are bidding for a fourth World Cup crown this weekend, were pushed all the way by Reyes and Alcinas, who finished with an average of 95.68, the highest recorded in round-one of this year’s event.
The Spaniards broke throw in 13 darts in the opening leg, but Taylor led England’s recovery, hitting D16 to draw level, before taking out 128 on the bullseye to seize the initiative. Reyes drew Spain level by pinning D16, before Taylor converted a 49 finish with his last-dart to edge the number one seeds ahead once more.
Spain knocked England out of the inaugural staging of the World Cup in 2010 and a repeat performance appeared distinctly possible as Reyes converted 68 on D20 to restore parity at 3-3. The Spanish duo stole the darts in the seventh leg, but the turning point came when Cristo narrowly missed D20 for a 114 checkout and a vital break of throw.
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!
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.
The 2015 World Cup of Darts gets underway in Frankfurt tomorrow evening, as Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld aim to defend their title, to secure Holland’s 3rd World Cup title, in only the tournament’s fifth staging. England, Scotland and Holland are the clear favourites for the tournament, however there are a number of outsiders capable of shocking the bigger nations. Here’s my list of 5 potential dark-horses in this year’s tournament.