The final day of action commenced in Frankfurt with eight teams remaining in the tournament. Seven of the eight that had battles their way through to Sunday’s session were seeded prior to a dart being thrown, with Canada being the only unseeded nation.
The North American outfit kicked off the afternoons action in style with John part continuing his magnificent resurgence by beating Brendan Dolan. It could’ve been a different story has ‘The History maker’ not sparred six darts at double 16 in the second leg. But Part’s clinical finishing allowed him to prevail.
Daryl Gurney immediately fought back against an out of sought Ken MacNeil, whitewashing him in spectacular fashion. The rebranding SuperChin would then take the reigns in the crucial doubles match to decide who would advance to the semi-finals. His consistent scoring was the difference maker as Irish eyes continued to smile, following the 4-1 triumph.
Current Holders England reached the semi-final stage once again following their convincing victory over Austria. Despite their shaky start to the tournament against Spain, Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis have switched it up a gear in the past couple of days. The pair have only dropped one solitary leg in their combined singles games. A statement of intent from the Englishmen. Taylor had whitewashed Mensur Suljovic before Lewis made easy work of Rowby-John Rodriguez. The impressive victory will give the duo a boost in confidence ahead of their semi-final clash with Northern Ireland this evening.
The Belgian duo of Kim and Ronny Huybrechts seem to have set their sights on a first World Cup title after stamping their authority over an experienced Scotland side. Kim had taken world champion Gary Anderson for a run-around in the opening set of the match before the high scoring Robert Thornton fired the Scots straight back into the contest by imprinting a crushing defeat on older brother Ronny.
The exuberant Kim would continue his scintillating form into the doubles decider, giving his nation the edge with his immaculate double top shooting. The final score line would eventually read 4-2 to the Belgians, they will now look forward to a semi-final meeting with the Netherlands later this evening.
Australia were moments away from producing the shock of the weekend by beating pre-tournament favourites the Netherlands. It looked although the dynamic Dutch duo were in for an easy match when Michael van Gerwen carried out a regular demolition of Simon Whitlock. But after a dismal display yesterday, a much improved Kyle Anderson dragged the Aussie’s back into the clash.
So the match went to pairs, and what a treat we were in for. The Wizard brewed up some magic darts to five his team a narrow cushion in the opening stages. But when Raymond van Barneveld found his rhythm, cracking in two maximums, it looked like there was no stopping the Dutch. Back came Australia with SEVEN perfect darts, so close to history at the World Cup of Darts. The Netherlands would have six perfectly placed darts before closing out the victory in emphatic style in sudden death. May we wish for more of this in the evenings final session.