England, Dutch win as Wales slay Scotland in Salzburg

Raz Mirza

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Watch the thrilling conclusion to the World Cup of Darts on Sunday as England, Netherlands and Wales chase the title. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Arena at midday with all four quarter-finals followed by the evening session of semi-finals and final. Which team will be crowned champions?

Last Updated: 07/11/20 9:51pm

Top seeds England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts
Top seeds England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts

England, Netherlands, Belgium and pre-tournament favourites Wales all made it through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts in Salzburg on Saturday.

The team of Michael Smith and Rob Cross proved too good for Lithuania as England made it through to a showdown against hosts Austria.

Gerwyn Price was in electrifying form for Wales as they ended Scotland’s hopes of retaining their title, while the Netherlands – inspired by world No 1 Michael van Gerwen – sent Spain packing.

Saturday’s Second Round results

Afternoon Canada 2-0 New Zealand
Austria (8) 2-0 Portugal
Belgium (5) 2-0 Latvia
England (1) 2-0 Lithuania
Evening Australia 2-0 Poland
Wales (2) 2-1 Scotland
Germany (6) 2-0 Greece
Netherlands (3) 2-0 Spain

Host nation Austria to face England

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Rob Cross felt he put too much pressure on himself after Michael Smith won the first rubber with ease
Rob Cross felt he put too much pressure on himself after Michael Smith won the first rubber with ease

Smith and Cross made further progress as a pair as they eased past Lithuania 2-0.

Smith averaged a cool 91.09 in a calm and composed display to dismantle Darius Labanauskas 4-0, and then Rob Cross landed a stunning 10-dart leg to break the resistance of Mindaugas Barauskas before sealing a 4-2 victory for the four-time winners.

“If anyone was going to be the muppet between us it would be me,” Cross gave an honest assessment of his performance, despite a relatively comfortable afternoon at the office.

Mensur Suljovic was in fine form for hosts Austria
Mensur Suljovic was in fine form for hosts Austria

Austria are next for England after the eighth seeds of Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez defeated debutants Portugal.

Rising star Jose De Sousa, who won a European Tour title last month, went down to a spirited 4-2 loss to Suljovic while Jose Marques, who competed in the 2020 Qualifying School, was unable to trouble Rodriguez, losing 4-1.

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Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez were delighted at progressing through to face England
Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez were delighted at progressing through to face England

Aussies next up for Wales

Jonny Clayton and Gerwyn Price sent Scotland packing in their doubles decider
Jonny Clayton and Gerwyn Price sent Scotland packing in their doubles decider

Wales continued their outstanding start to their challenge to claim a first World Cup triumph with the team of Price and Jonny Clayton doing enough in the deciding doubles rubber to send defending champions Scotland out of the tournament.

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John Henderson fired in this show-stopping 121 checkout against Gerwyn Price but it wasn’t enough in the end
John Henderson fired in this show-stopping 121 checkout against Gerwyn Price but it wasn’t enough in the end

‘The Iceman’ moved 3-0 up in no time before a fine 121 from John Henderson started the fightback. However, Price landed D8 to seal a 4-2 win along with a superb 104 average.

Clayton and opponent Robert Thornton both endured doubles woe in their clash. But it was the three-time major winner from Scotland who pinned D18 for a 4-2 victory and send the content all the way into pairs action for the first time in the second round.

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Jonny Clayton praised Gerwyn Price for picking him up after his loss to Robert Thornton as Wales went on to defeat Scotland 4-0 in the deciding pairs
Jonny Clayton praised Gerwyn Price for picking him up after his loss to Robert Thornton as Wales went on to defeat Scotland 4-0 in the deciding pairs

Wales dodged some bullets, but Price’s barrage of treble hitting and some clinical finishing from Clayton ensured they made it through to the last eight with a fine 4-0 triumph, averaging 101.90.

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Whitlock and Heta were over the moon with their win against Poland
Whitlock and Heta were over the moon with their win against Poland

Simon Whitlock averaged a neat 95.82 as ‘The Wizard’ won a high-quality contest against Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajsk 4-3, which included a timely 117 checkout. Australian teammate Damon Heta – making his World Cup debut after replacing Kyle Anderson – then eased past Krzysztof Kciuk 4-1 with a three-dart average of a cool ton.

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Simon Whitlock hit this stunning 117 checkout against Krzysztof Ratajski
Simon Whitlock hit this stunning 117 checkout against Krzysztof Ratajski

The pair recorded the first and third highest averages of the day as they moved into the quarter-finals.

Sunday’s Quarter-Finals – Order of Play

Afternoon England vs Austria
Canada vs Belgium
Wales vs Australia
Netherlands vs Germany
Evening (Semi-Finals & Final) England or Austria vs Canada or Belgium
Wales or Australia vs Netherlands or Germany

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Dutch set up tasty tungsten tussle with Germany

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Van Gerwen is happy with his current form and he and Danny Noppert sent the Dutch through to a showdown against Germany
Van Gerwen is happy with his current form and he and Danny Noppert sent the Dutch through to a showdown against Germany

Four-time winners Netherlands also made it through with Michael van Gerwen and debutant Danny Noppert sending Spain home.

Big-hitter Van Gerwen demonstrated his powerful scoring and eagle eye finishing to defeat Toni Alcinas 4-0. He wasted no time in getting a leg on the board with a 112 finish before breaking in the next. He quickly wrapped things up to complete a whitewash win.

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Michael van Gerwen nailed this 112 checkout in the opening leg of the tie against Spain
Michael van Gerwen nailed this 112 checkout in the opening leg of the tie against Spain

Debutant Jesus Noguera was next up for Spain against Noppert, and the Dutchman found himself 2-1 and 3-2 down, but last year’s World Series Finals runner-up stayed calm to send the rubber into a final leg decider.

Noguera then missed six match darts to allow Noppert in to steal a cliffhanger of a match.

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Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens have lost just one leg in two matches as they progressed to the quarter-finals
Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens have lost just one leg in two matches as they progressed to the quarter-finals

Gabriel Clemens and former World Youth Champion Max Hopp defeated John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis 4-1 and 4-0, respectively. A brilliant 130 checkout from Clemens sealed victory for Wayne Mardle’s favourites Germany.

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The best of the action from the afternoon session with wins for England, Belgium, Canada and Austria
The best of the action from the afternoon session with wins for England, Belgium, Canada and Austria

Belgium through to Canada clash

Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh made it through to the quarter-finals (courtesy of Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)
Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh made it through to the quarter-finals (courtesy of Kais Bodensieck, PDC Europe)

The 2013 finalists and this year’s dark horses Belgium went up against late call-ups Latvia, who were aiming to continue their fairy-tale World Cup debut having replaced China late in the day.

Kim Huybrechts crushed St Helens-based Janis Mustafejev 4-0, before Dimitri Van den Bergh, still wearing his leg brace, went up against Madars Razma.

The World Matchplay champion found things hard going on the outer-ring early on, but his second successful dart at a double from 15 attempts in the fifth leg kept him in the contest as Razma failed to close out a shock win with two missed match darts.

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Huybrechts (right) felt Belgium would have lost had they played a better team
Huybrechts (right) felt Belgium would have lost had they played a better team

Van den Bergh edged through in the end thanks to a superb 103 checkout in the deciding leg to complete a 2-0 victory for the Belgians.

“Today, it wasn’t good and if it was any other country then we would have got knocked out,” admitted Huybrechts. “Now it gets serious and if it’s like that performance, then we’re going home.”

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Jeff Smith showed promise as Canada beat New Zealand to reach the quarter-finals
Jeff Smith showed promise as Canada beat New Zealand to reach the quarter-finals

They will next meet Canada after the pairing of Jeff Smith and Matt Campbell saw off New Zealand 2-0 in the opening tie of the day.

Smith produced a clinical performance to defeat Haupai Puha 4-1 before Campbell closed out a comfortable victory by beating Cody Harris 4-2.

The tournament concludes with all four quarter-finals followed by the evening session of semi-finals and final, live on Sky Sports Arena from midday Sunday.

Source : Sky Sports