Dream Dutch duo retain World Cup crown
Dream Dutch duo of Raymond Van Barneveld and Michael Van Gerwen have retained their World Cup of Darts crown after beating Scotland in Sunday evening’s final at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt.
The Netherlands successfully retained their title after winning last year’s event held at the same venue with an emphatic victory over Scotland – who were looking to grab a first taste of pairs victory.
Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld were representing their nation for a sixth time at the unique pairs tournament and eased into the semi-finals at the Eissporthalle with a 5-0 win over a poor Gibraltar pairing, 2-0 victory over South Africa and 2-0 win over crowd-favourites Germany.
Martin Schindler put up a terrific performance in his quarter-final match as he produced his best ever televised display against the world’s best thrower.
The Dutch duo once again didn’t hang around in their semi-final clash with Belgium as they whitewashed Kim Huybrechts and World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh – who was inspired as he took to the stage in Germany.
Van Gerwen registered the first point of the final as he dispatched Peter Wright 4-2, hitting checkouts of 142 and 112 en route to giving his Dutch side the advantage in the final.
Gary Anderson levelled the match back up at 1-1 as he pinned five maximums during a 4-1 rout of Raymond Van Barneveld – who produced a stunning display in his semi-final against Dimitri Van den Bergh. Van Barneveld hit four maximums and a 113.38 average as he put his nation into the final.
The dream Dutch duo played in their first pairs match since the opening round but didn’t disappoint as they brushed aside Scotland to put them within a point of their fourth World Cup crown.
The Dutch are definitely not going to be lifting the prestigious trophy in Russia next month as 32 footballing nations face off however Van Gerwen sealed the deal for his nation as he registered a 111 average en route to a 4-0 whitewashing of his rival Gary Anderson.
“I think we played a phenomenal game through the whole tournament,” said Van Gerwen.
“Any tournament you compete in you want to win, but playing alongside Raymond for our country makes it extra special.
“We did the right things at the right moments and that’s what made us champions.”
Former five-time World Championship winner Van Barneveld added: “Playing alongside the best player in the world is always a pleasure.
“It was a tough game against Gary, he played amazing and hit five 180s and I didn’t have much time to recover for the doubles.
“I managed to get it together and we played a great doubles match to really get hold of the match, and then Michael finished the job for us. It feels amazing to win this title again.”
Despite suffering a heavy defeat to the Netherlands in the final, Scotland successfully bounced back from last year’s shock first round exit at the hands of Singapore last year as they reached the World Cup of Darts final for a second time.
Scottish pairing of Peter Wright and Gary Anderson enjoyed wins over the USA, Brazil and Japan en route to the semi-finals.
Australia were a tougher test for the Scotland team, particularly Gary Anderson who lost to Kyle Anderson, meaning the game went all the way on the doubles decider. Aussie Anderson hit a phenomenal 130 checkout to snatch a 4-3 win over the former two-time World Champion.
Wright missed five match darts in leg five as the doubles decider went all the way in Frankfurt but eventually put his nation into the final having converted an 81 outshot.
“It was a shame we came up short in the final, but I think we can be proud of how we played in the tournament,” said Anderson.
“Maybe next year we can go one better, but fair play to Michael and Raymond they deserved the win this time.”
The Scottish pair suffered a shock First Round exit at the hands of Singapore 12 months ago but bounced back with a strong display this year.
Wright, who felt disappointed after the final at the Eissporthalle, added: “I loved playing in front of this amazing crowd.
“It’s been fantastic playing alongside Gary, we’ve really enjoyed it. The trophy should’ve been ours but we’ll have to make sure we come back stronger next year and not make the same mistakes.”
Japan were undoubtedly the surprise package in Frankfurt as the duo of Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu reached the quarter-finals. This is the second time the Japanese have reached the quarter-finals, having previously done so back in 2013.
“It is a great feeling to reach the quarter-finals again and this time I want to go even further,” said Muramatsu, after leading his nation to the quarter-finals in Germany for a second time.
“The fact that Seigo won his game first definitely took some of the pressure of me for my game.
“Last year Singapore showed that Scotland can be beaten, so we will be looking to repeat what they did and surprise everyone.”
English pairing of Dave Chisnall and Rob Cross were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Belgium – who reached the semi-final once again in Frankfurt.
Dimitri Van den Bergh, who was making his debut in the Belgium side, was praised by both all four finalists after the tournament and has a huge future ahead of him after a magnificent display in the Belgium strip.
2018 Betway World Cup of Darts
Sunday June 3
Scotland v Japan
Singles One: Peter Wright 4-0 Seigo Asada
Singles Two: Gary Anderson 4-0 Haruki Muramatsu
Doubles: Scotland v Japan – Not needed
Final Result: Scotland 2-0 Japan
Australia v Wales
Singles One: Simon Whitlock 4-2 Gerwyn Price
Singles Two: Kyle Anderson 0-4 Jonny Clayton
Doubles: Australia 4-1 Wales
Final Result: Australia 2-1 Wales
England v Belgium
Singles One: Kim Huybrechts 2-4 Rob Cross
Singles Two: Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-3 Dave Chisnall
Doubles: Belgium 4-0 England
Final Result: Belgium 2-1 England
Netherlands v Germany
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Martin Schindler
Singles Two: Raymond van Barneveld 4-0 Max Hopp
Doubles: Netherlands v Germany – Not needed
Final Result: Netherlands 2-0 Germany
Evening Session (7pm local time, 6pm BST)
Scotland v Australia
Singles One: Peter Wright 4-3 Simon Whitlock
Singles Two: Gary Anderson 3-4 Kyle Anderson
Doubles: Scotland 4-3 Australia
Final Result: Scotland 2-1 Australia
Netherlands v Belgium
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 4-2 Kim Huybrechts
Singles Two: Raymond van Barneveld 4-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Doubles: Netherlands v Belgium – Not needed
Final Result: Netherlands 2-0 Belgium
Netherlands v Scotland
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 4-2 Peter Wright
Singles Two: Raymond van Barneveld 1-4 Gary Anderson
Doubles: Netherlands 4-1 Scotland
Singles Three: Michael van Gerwen 4-0 Gary Anderson
Singles Four: Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld – Not needed
Final Result: Netherlands 3-1 Scotland