World Cup of Darts – Day 4 afternoon session

Simon Whitlock gave Australia the advantage going into the second set by beating the older Huybrechts brother Ronnie by 4 legs to 2. Whitlock’s finishing was the difference between the two as ‘The Wizard’ too out a 140 in the final leg to settle the game. The Aussie opened up a 3-0 advantage early on but the resilient Belgian claimed the following two legs to heap the pressure on Whitlock, but the later hit that sensational finish to end the contest.

Kim levelled the match from 3 legs down in a heated match in the blazing Eissporthalle. Nicholson seemed to have recaptured his mojo after going three legs up early on, but ‘The Asset’ feel to pieces against the Premier League star. After winning the third leg Nicholson put some anger into Huybrechts’ game with an antagonistic celebration. This was just what the Belgian needed as he went on to claim the following four legs with a 171 and double 8 checkout to send it to a doubles match.

The Belgian brothers completed the heartbreaking comeback with a 4-2 win in the deciding doubles match. Simon Whitlock tried to act as a fatherly figure to Nicholson who needed to concentrate on the game, but his feud with Kim continued as the two went hammer and tongues at each other throughout. The first 5 legs went with the darts, with Whitlock unable to stop the Rampant Ronnie. ‘The Rebel’ hit the bull to snatch the match from the jaws of defeat as Belgium progressed in dramatic fashion.

Result: Belgium 2-1 Australia

 Scotland’s Gary Anderson and Peter Wright ended Hong Kong fairy tail story as they crashed out in the quarter finals. Anderson beat Royden Lam 4-2 in the opener, hitting two 180’s in the winning leg to sink him. Bizarrely, the first three legs went against the throw with Anderson maintaining a 2-1 lead. He then made it 3-1 before Lam showed some guts to reduce the deficit with a 102 checkout, ending in bull. But Lam just stood and starred as Anderson produced a near perfect final leg to wrap up the match.

Wright completed the triumph with a 4-2 win over the nervous looking Scott MacKenzie. ‘Snakebite’ opened up a 2 leg lead early on but MacKenzie hit back with two 180’s in the third leg and a simple double 10 finish to draw the game level. Wright stopped him in his tracks just when he was gaining in confidence with a maximum and a dazzling 116 checkout. With MacKenzie misfiring all over the board, Wright had the time to finish the game on double tops.

Result: Scotland 2-0 Hong Kong

 England beat off the challenge from a boisterously backed German duo. Phil Taylor opened the floodgates with a comfortable 4-1 win over Jyhan Artut. He left 87 after 9 darts and finished with confidence to break the German’s throw. Artut broke back immediately with 94 checkout before wasting 6 perfect darts to gift Taylor a 2-1 lead. The former world champion went on to win the remaining legs with ease after a 104.3 average.

Adrian Lewis continued the demolition in the second leg with a 5-0 drubbing of Max Hopp. The 18-year-old was evidently feeling the pressure as he fell apart after the Englishman’s three 180’s and no messing about checkouts. Lewis even outscored his partner Taylor with a 105 average.

Result: England 2-0 Germany

 The Netherlands beat Northern Ireland in the final match of the session as Michael Van Gerwen beat Brendan Dolan 4-2. The Flying Dutchman was far from his best hitting just a 92 average but had enough to beat the world number 10. The opening 5 legs went with throw before MVG sealed the victory with a Fantastic final leg. Both hit two 180’s and hit some high finishes, but Van Gerwen showed his class when it mattered to all but confirm his nation’s route to the semi finals.

Mickey Mansell was the final block in the Netherlands path and managed to take the match to decider with an inspired win over Raymond Van Barneveld. Mansell broke Barney right away, taking the first two legs. The former World Champion was under pressure, but pulled out some scintillating darts to draw level with a 122 checkout. The next two legs went with throw before Mansell produced the darts of the tournament to take the game to the equivalent of extra time.

Michael Van Gerwen led his team to victory by hitting the checkouts that took the opening two legs. He hit top in the second to crucially break throw. In the end Northern Ireland ran out of steam after taking the world number 1 and 14 to 3 sets. Barney bounced back with some excellent scoring, but some uncharacteristic misfiring from Brendan Dolan gifted the Netherlands the 4-0 win on a plate.

Result: Netherlands 2-1 Northern Ireland

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