England retained the World Cup in dramatic style as Adrian Lewis took Michael van Gerwen to a nail-biting last set decider. Jackpot romped to a 4-1 victory as Taylor watched on, grinning from cheek to cheek, England are World Champions!
Phil Taylor ignored the record books in his opening match. The Power had previously won just one of the last eleven games against the green machine. But his 4-3 win would draw a line through that statistic. Adrian Lewis had chances a plenty to double the advantage and put England in a fantastic position to retain the trophy, but a reinvigorated van Barneveld levelled proceedings with another 4-3 victory.
So the match went into a pivotal doubles contest, where van Barneveld would once again play the lead role. While van Gerwen meandered through match, scoring terrifically in patches, RVB was on red hot form. Double 16 giving the Netherlands the advantage going into the final round of singles matches.
So England needed to scoop the lot for the title, a tough ask, but not behind two former world champions. Taylor carried a mountain of pressure on his shoulders going into his clash with van Barneveld, but he shrugged it off with ease thanks to Barney’s disastrous doubling. So it was down to the wire. Adrian Lewis against Michael van Gerwen! Jackpot began the contest unleashing his power scoring, romping into a 2-0 lead. MVG re-broke the Lewis through and could’ve taken so much more. The world number one melted on the doubles as Ady hit the winning double to retain the magnificent trophy!
England reached the final dropping just a single leg in their semi-final against the Northern Irish. Phil Taylor stepped up first to demolish the out of form Brendan Dolan. The former Grand Prix finalist was no match for the 16-time world champion, Taylor restricted him to just two darts at the double. Adrian Lewis returned to the Frankfurt stage sporting supreme confidence following his routine win over Rowby-John Rodriguez in the quarter finals. Despite dropping the only leg that prevented a whitewash, Lewis fired in the highest checkout of the tournament to seal Northern Ireland’s fate. A scintillating 170, sending the crowd into overdrive.
The Netherlands’s pathway to the evenings final proved to be a much tougher task. After Michael van Gerwen made light work of Ronny Huybrechts, it was down to van Barneveld to seal the deal. The Dutch veteran duly obliged. A spell of excellent scoring and a 76 check-out later, the Dutch had reached the final. There would be no fairy-tale ending for Belgium who had had such an excellent tournament. The pair will now look forward to furthering their singles careers in the World Matchplay later next month.