The evening session was kick-started by World Champion Gary Anderson coming through a tough test against Hungary’s Nandor Bezzeg. The Hungarians surprised us all in round one by beating seeded Sweden 5-2 but Scotland proved to be a much sterner test. Anderson three of the opening for legs with his beloved double top, but gave Bezzeg a confidence booster by letting him back in to the game by sneaking the fifth leg, making the score 2-3. Anderson sealed the deal in the following leg leaving his partner Peter Wright with the chance to lead Scotland into the quarters.
Wright safely negotiated Gabor Takacs with a 4-0 drubbing over the Hungarian. He hit three 180’s in what would go on to be a routine victory after a tricky opening leg. He avoided any lavish double hitting and his scoring was sufficient to overcome Takacs who showed little fight.
Result: Scotland 2-0 Hungary
Michael Van Gerwen trounced South Africa’s Graham Filby with a totally professional performance to despatch the South African who had a darting disaster. Van Gerwen hit a sublime 148 finish (T20, T20, D19) to hand him the third leg. Filby hit a 180 in the fourth leg but it was not enough to avoid the 4-0 defeat.
The reigning champions completed the job with Raymond Van Barneveld enjoying a fun filled match with ‘The dancing’ Devon Peterson. Barney took the first leg against the darts with a smooth 96 checkout. The icon of Dutch darts doubled the lead not long later not even allowing Peterson a dart at double. Peterson nicked a leg back after Barney failed to convert a 96. The South African gathered more confidence at the game went on, but was halted in his steps as the Dutchman took out double 8 to extend the lead. Barney landed the knockout punch in the fifth leg with his favourite double, 18.
Result: Netherlands 2-0 South Africa
16 time champion of the world Phil Taylor comfortably dispatched of Haruki Murumatsu. Taylor cruised past the Japanese hitting a 106 finish in the process. Murumatsu showed no resistance to the constant pressure of Taylor who is hoping to go on to win the World Cup for the third time.
Adrian Lewis missed four match darts in the fifth leg as threw away England’s chances of an 8-0 aggregate whitewash. Hashimoto passed away a chance to take the first leg after missing three darts at double 16, his frustration got to him as he let the first 3 legs slip away. Lewis missed 6 match darts in mediocre performance to gift Hashimoto a leg, previous to hitting match darts to wrap up the victory.
Result: England 2-0 Japan
The final match of the night was between rivals Germany and Austria. Both cruised through their first round matches’ nut this would prove to be much more competitive as the Germans squeezed through
Jyhan Artut took the first set for Germany with a 4-3 win over Rowby-John Rodriguez. The two produced the most exciting darts of the tournament yet as Artut lifted the roof of the Eissporthalle. He opened the match with a 13 darter before hitting a 73 checkout to extend the lead. RJR fought back against a restless crowd who were routing for their home nation. The 21-year-old hit a superb leg followed by a 106 checkout to re-break the throw and level the match. You have to admire the composure of Rodriguez as he continued to battle the crowd and even took the lead. Artut took the final two legs as Rodriguez finally buckled under the pressure to handed Artut the chance to hit double 12, which he duly took.
Artut’s partner Max Hopp produced a similar performance with the youngster going to 2-0 with the first two legs. The experienced Mensur Suljovic broke back to draw the game level before hit a scintillating 101 checkout and outscored the Austrian in the final leg to open the pathway to a quarter final meeting with England.
Result: Germany 2-0 Austria
Tomorrow’s quarter finals
Scotland Vs Hong Kong
England Vs Germany
Netherlands Vs Northern Ireland
Australia Vs Belgium