World Cup of Darts- Second Round Report!

John Part

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

England, Scotland and Netherlands all eased through to the quarter-finals of the 2016 Betway World Cup of Darts, whilst Canada caused the shock of the tournament thus far, dumping out fifth seeds Wales in the second-round in Frankfurt on Saturday.

Defending champions England breezed through to the last eight without dropping a single leg, as Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis defeated Yuanjun Liu and Wenge Xie 4-0 respectively. Taylor averaged just 81 in his singles match, whilst Lewis averaged a modest 89. However, this contest will be remembered more for the exuberant antics of the Wenge Xie!

Elsewhere, second seeds Scotland progressed to the quarter-finals, after Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton won their respective singles contests against Norway. World champion Anderson survived a major scare against the impressive Cor Dekker, coming through in a pulsating last-leg decider.

Dekker left himself on 52 as he neared in on a historic win, but Anderson showed his class, snatching victory with a majestic 160 finish. Meanwhile, Robert Thornton’s progress was more serene, as the World Grand-Prix champion averaged 85 in defeating the experienced Robert Wagner 5-1.

Tournament favourites Netherlands overcome a spirited display from the Philippines to book their quarter-final berth. World number one Michael van Gerwen defeated Gilbert Ulang 4-2, but MvG was made to sweat, after the Philippines ace broke Van Gerwen’s throw in the opening leg.

Elsewhere, five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld produced the highest average of the day in defeating Alex Tagarao, also by a 4-2 scoreline. Tagarao kicked off proceedings with a maximum, before landing the opening leg with an 80 checkout.

Van Barneveld levelled with tops, before taking out 116 to break Tagarao’s throw. Barney moved to within a leg of victory with a 13-darter, and whilst the Philippines star hit D10 to keep his hopes alive, the legendary Dutchman sealed the Netherlands’ progression with another classy 13-dart hold.

Elsewhere, three-time world champion John Part rolled back the years as Canada shocked fifth seeds Wales. Part prevailed in a battle of the world-champions against Mark Webster, but Gerwyn Price forced a doubles decider, averaging 95.43 in whitewashing Ken MacNeil 4-0.Part also played a starring role in the doubles decider.

‘Darth Maple’ converted a spectacular 161 checkout to give the Canadians a 2-1 advantage, before Part pinned D12 to move Canada to the cusp of a memorable victory. Price hit D6 to restore Welsh hope, but Part completed a wonderful win with a clinical 76 checkout, sparking jubilant scenes of celebration from the unseeded Canadians.

Canada will face fourth seeds Northern Ireland in tomorrow’s quarter-finals, after Brendan Dolan and Daryl Gurney won through their singles contests against the Republic of Ireland. Daryl Gurney defeated William O’Connor 4-1 in a scrappy affair, whilst Dolan averaged just 80 in defeating Mick McGowan 4-2, to seal their last eight spot.

Austria will face defending champions England in tomorrow’s quarter-finals, after Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez battled past a dogged Singapore pairing of Paul Lim and Harith Lim. Suljovic averaged over 100 in defeating Paul Lim 4-2, whilst Rowby-John averaged 96 as he prevailed against Harith by the same scoreline.

Australia were forced to come through a doubles-decider against Denmark to book their spot in Sunday’s quarter-finals. Simon Whitlock scraped past Daniel Jensen 4-3 in the first singles match-up, before Per Laursen took advantage of missed doubles from Kyle Anderson to register a 4-2 victory.

Nevertheless, the Australians turned on the style in the doubles encounter, averaging 94 en route to a 4-0 victory. Whitlock hit all four winning doubles, which included finishes of 76 and 104 in the culminating two legs. Australia’s reward is a meeting with two-time World Cup winners Netherlands.

Finally, 2013 finalists Belgium set up an enthralling last eight clash against second seeds Scotland after breezing past Hungary on Saturday afternoon. Kim Huybrechts averaged just over 100 in beating an impressive Nandor Bezzeg 4-1, whilst Ronny averaged a shade under 97 in defeating Patrik Kovacs by the same scoreline.

Betway World Cup of Darts
Saturday June 4
Afternoon Session

Second Round x4
Belgium 2-0 Hungary
Northern Ireland 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Wales 1-2 Canada
Austria 2-0 Singapore

Evening Session (8pm local time)
Second Round x4
Scotland 2-0 Norway
Australia 2-1 Denmark
England 2-0 China
Netherlands 2-0 Philippines

Quarter-Final Draw Bracket
England (1) v Austria (8)
Canada v Northern Ireland (4)
Scotland (2) v Belgium (7)
Australia (6) v Netherlands (3)

Betway World Cup of Darts
Sunday June 5
Afternoon Session (2pm local time)
Quarter-Finals Order of Play

Canada v Northern Ireland
England v Austria
Scotland v Belgium
Australia v Netherlands

Evening Session (8pm local time)
Semi-Finals

England/Austria v Canada/Northern Ireland
Scotland/Belgium v Australia/Netherlands

Final
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