World Cup of Darts 2020: Former winners England, Netherlands still standing in Salzburg | Darts News

first_imgRob Cross 4-2 Mindaugas Barauskas L16:Canada 2-0 New ZealandJeff Smith 4-1 Haupai Puha The World Cup of Darts draws to a close in Salzburg on Sunday, with four-time winners England and Netherlands battling it out for glory alongside former finalists Wales, Belgium and Australia.- Advertisement – Gerwyn Price is aiming to spearhead Wales to a first World Cup title Michael van Gerwen and Danny Noppert defeat Spain in both singles matches to reach the quarter-finals. Van Gerwen is the only player in the tournament to have experienced World Cup success and the world No 1 will be hoping experience pays dividends as he battles for a fourth individual triumph alongside debutant Danny Noppert.The three-time world champion has endured an uncharacteristically barren period over recent months, although he’s throwing with confidence in Salzburg; having relinquished the solitary leg in his outings up to press.Following their emphatic 5-1 success against Brazil in round one, MVG swept aside Spain’s Toni Alcinas in a matter of minutes with a 102 average, before a fortuitous Noppert survived six match darts against Jesus Noguera. Belgium’s route to the Quarter-Finals Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton could be set to create history for two-time finalists Wales, with Belgium and Australia also aiming to make amends for their previous near misses.- Advertisement – Rob Cross said he put too much pressure on himself after Michael Smith won the first rubber and feels he needs to wake up quicker. England have navigated their way through to the quarter-finals with relative ease, despite Michael Smith and Rob Cross failing to really ignite at the Salzburgarena.They overcame the spirited Filpino pairing of Lourence Ilagan and Noel Malicdem in their opener, before relinquishing just two legs during their second round showdown against Lithuania. Saturday’s Second Round results 0:50 Jeff Smith and Matt Campbell won 4-1, 4-2 respectively against New Zealand to reach the quarter-final of the World Cup. England (1) 2-0 Lithuania Kim Huybrechts felt they would’ve lost had they played better competition but Dimitri Van den Bergh still saw the funny side. ‘The Hurricane’ blew away Janis Mustafejevs in a matter of minutes, only for Dimitri Van den Bergh to survive a major scare against Madars Razma – rallying from 3-1 down and converting a nerveless 103 kill in the last leg, to avoid the prospect of a doubles decider.England vs Austria 2:30 Rob Cross said he put too much pressure on himself after Michael Smith won the first rubber and feels he needs to wake up quicker. Netherlands vs Germany Michael Smith whitewashed Darius Labanauskas – who had darts at double in three of the four legs – before Rob Cross produced a late surge in his victory over Mindaugas Barauskas.However, the top seeds may have to improve against hosts Austria, who are bidding to progress to the semi-finals of this event for the first time. England’s route to the Quarter-Finals Canada’s route to the Quarter-Finals L16:Germany 2-0 GreeceGabriel Clemens 4-1 John Michael AfternoonCanada 2-0 New Zealand Austria’s route to the Quarter-Finals Wales (2) 2-1 Scotland Wales vs Australia Matt Campbell 4-2 Cody Harris L16:Netherlands 2-0 SpainMichael van Gerwen 4-0 Toni Alcinas 2:55 Kim Huybrechts felt they would’ve lost had they played better competition but Dimitri Van den Bergh still saw the funny side. Canada are aiming to enter uncharted territory as they target a semi-final spot for the first time in World Cup history, and they’ll take on fifth seeds Belgium – finalists back in 2012.Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts were positively euphoric after recovering from 3-1 down to prevail against Czech Republic in their opener, but Huybrechts was less than impressed with their insipid second-round display against Latvia. R1:Canada 5-2 Northern Ireland R1:Germany 5-0 Finland Gerwyn Price is aiming to spearhead Wales to a first World Cup title
Gerwyn Price is aiming to spearhead Wales to a first World Cup title