Wright and Anderson rule themselves out of Scotland’s World Cup defence

Scotland are set to have a completely new pairing at next month’s World Cup of Darts in Austria, with Peter Wright and Gary Anderson both making themselves unavailable for selection.

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Josh’s Dartistry Darts Podcast Episode Four

In our fourth episode of the Josh’s Dartistry Podcast, Josh Gorton is joined by co-hosts Jon Dean and Neil Conner to discuss all the latest news from the world of darts. The team discuss a busy few weeks of action, including Premier League Finals Night, the German Darts Masters and the recent World Cup of Darts.

The boys also reflect on the recent BDO World Trophy, where Glen Durrant and Fallon Sherrock produced some superb darts to win the respective titles. However, much of the focus fell on the production of the event and the disappointing attendances at the Preston Guildhall.

We also introduce a new feature called ‘Lord of The Board’, which is essentially a round-the-clock challenge. You have 30 darts to hit all 20 big numbers, as well as the outer bull and bullseye.

As a result, the minimum amount of darts that can be used to complete the challenge is 22. Listeners are encouraged to attempt ‘Lord of The Board’ and send in their attempts, but Jon is the first person to take on the challenge.

The boys round-up the latest action on the European Tour and Players Championship circuits, including Josh Payne winning his second PDC title with victory over Peter Wright in Milton Keynes.

Jon and Neil test Josh’s knowledge of all things Raymond van Barneveld in the return of ‘Challenge Josh’, whilst we look at some of the more obscure darting stories to have appeared in the mainstream media over the last month. We also answer a number of questions sent in by listeners, in a Q/A section which concludes the fourth episode.

Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the show! If you want to get in touch, contact us @JoshsDartistry or go to the Josh’s Dartistry Facebook page. Alternatively, leave us a message on our Voicemail box at 07739 738329, and your message could be played live on air!

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- Quarter-Finals Report

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Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld kept their World Cup dreams alive as they defeated Australia’s pairing of Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson in arguably the best match in the tournament’s history, in Frankfurt on Sunday afternoon.

Van Gerwen defeated Simon Whitlock 4-1 to give Netherlands a 1-0 advantage. Whitlock won the opening leg on D10, but MvG responded with a spectacular 132 finish, which included two bullseyes, followed by D16. Van Gerwen then broke Whitlock’s throw with a clinical 100 finish, before completing the victory with a 98.49 average.

However, Kyle Anderson showed tremendous character as he defeated Raymond van Barneveld 4-3 in a pulsating encounter. Anderson led 3-1, but Van Barneveld stayed alive with a fine 116 checkout. Barney then broke Kyle’s throw with a fabulous 11-darter, but Anderson stole victory after RvB missed five match darts in the decider.

However, the Dutch began the decisive doubles-decider superbly. Van Gerwen opened up with a maximum, and Barney posted a 140, before hitting D16 for a 12-dart break of throw. Nevertheless, Australia responded emphatically, with Whitlock completing a 13-darter after Anderson registered his first maximum of the contest.

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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 Two Report- England survive major scare!

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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.

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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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World Cup of Darts Teams Announced!

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The teams for the 2016 Betway World Cup of Darts have been announced, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will represent tournament favourites Netherlands along with world number one Michael van Gerwen, following Jelle Klaasen’s withdrawal last week.

Van Barneveld and Van Gerwen won the title together in 2014, and they’ll be hoping to repeat this success in Frankfurt this year. Netherlands, who also won the inaugural staging of this competition in 2010, are 6/4 favourites with title sponsor Betway to lift this trophy for a third time, but they’ll be seeded third in Germany.

Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis will represent reigning champions England for the fifth consecutive year, as they bid for a fourth World Cup title together. The Stoke duo defeated Scotland in last year’s final, and they will be looking forward to continuing their partnership as top seeds in 2016.

World champion Gary Anderson will once again represent Scotland, although he’ll be doing so alongside World Grand-Prix champion Robert Thornton; not Peter Wright, who is ranked above ‘The Thorn’ on the PDC Order of Merit.

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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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Jelle Klaasen withdraws from the World Cup of Darts!

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Former world champion Jelle Klaasen has released a statement confirming that he will be unavailable for selection for the upcoming World Cup of Darts, due to personal commitments.

Klaasen admitted he was very disappointed to be missing out on the 2016 competition, but said: ‘I would like to wish the Netherlands’ representatives the very best of luck in the competition.’

Klaasen has recently overtaken five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld on the PDC Order of Merit, subsequently becoming the second highest-ranked Dutch player in the world. Van Barneveld began the year in 9th position, but he has decided not to compete in Pro Tour events until September due to his hectic schedule.

This enabled Klaasen to overtake Barney on the Order of Merit, and with RvB not competing in the upcoming Players Championship double-header in Coventry, the 49-year-old would not be able to overtake Klaasen before the cut-off.

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van Barneveld is Not Disinterested; He’s Diabetic!

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After Netherlands suffered semi-final defeat to Scotland in the 2015 World Cup of Darts, Wayne Mardle launched a scathing attack on Raymond van Barneveld’s performance and character.

Van Barneveld was way below-par as he lost 4-1 to Gary Anderson, before struggling considerably in the doubles decider. Van Barneveld averaged 82 against the World Champion and failed to rectify this as he paired up with van Gerwen in the pairs.

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World Cup of Darts- The Darkhorses

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.

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