Rockstar Revitalised! Cullen Back In Love With Darts.

JOE CULLEN admits that lockdown has made him fall back in love with darts again. The gritty Yorkshire terrier is in action tonight (Sunday) in the PDC Home Tour last 32 against Chris Dobey, Jeff Smith and Martijn Kleermaker.

But The Rockstar, 30, has revealed he’s ready to show his heavy mettle as he yearns for big stage glory.
He said: “There are a few announcements coming out now so at least there’s going to be some sort of normality.

“It’s hard to be motivated. The first thing you usually do is look at the calendar then start practicing. But it’s the same in all jobs, all walks of life I guess.“

The Home Tour has been good to keep us ticking over. Before the first group, I hadn’t practiced for 11 days. “I had an hour and 45 minutes before I played that night and that was the outcome. To be honest, I’m happy that I won the group. 

“More so that I’d fallen out of love with the game to the extent where I couldn’t be bothered. But this has made me realise just how much I do miss it. 

“Has this situation given me more hunger? 100 per cent. If I play in the Home Tour last 32 and lose all three matches, it doesn’t matter. What the Home Tour has done for me has given me a kick up the backside I needed. “If anything comes from lockdown it will give me the hunger and love back for the game.“

I know I’ve got the ability. I need to commit 100 percent to darts. I’d rather go and play snooker for two hours than practice darts, or play a game of five-a-side”.

“I need to get my priorities in order. Darts needs to be at the forefront of my mind. Darts pays the bills so I need to put it first!”

The Bradford battler has been through the mill of the past couple of years. He lost an epic World Matchplay quarter-final to Gary Anderson in 2018. Cullen may feel luck was not on his side when throwing for the match he missed double 18 before a fly flew across his eye-line and the Yorkshireman missed double nine. Then, after an innocent Twitter exchange, he was subjected to an incredible amount of social media abuse – also aimed at his son. It once again highlights the growing amount of stick players are getting from fans and Cullen believes it won’t go away.

He added: “It doesn’t bother me to be honest. I was actually speaking about it with Mark Webster. Obviously Paul Nicholson got quite a bit as well. “I always take it with a pinch of salt. There was one where I did react a little bit. One night someone said something to my 10-year-old son about me and Laura Woods. “Say what you want to me and I’ll take it. But as far as messaging my son, it’s not right. “It seems to be part and parcel of the game now. We get it pretty bad so I can’t imagine how bad the football players get. “Mark Webster has been playing on the Modus Tour and some guy said to him ‘how you became World Champion I don’t know, you’re s***, pack it in’. That sort of thing.”

Cullen produced three dazzling displays in his opening group, including a comfortable win over high-flying Gerwyn Price. He added: “It’s a funny one I actually got more nervous playing the home darts than what I normally do on stage. It’s a bit of a strange one.

“What I do like about it there can’t be any tactics. I’ve played players this year and they’ve tried slowing me down and do this and do that. That element is taken out of their hands.”


Pics: Taylor Lanning.

Welsh Darting Greats: Our Six Of The Best.

Ray Reardon, JPR Williams, Lynn Davies, John Charles and, more recently, Gareth Bale. Legends of Welsh sporting prowess. But, even more have been born ‘on the oche’:

Wayne Warren the latest in a long line of Welsh Darting giants.

The triumph of yet another Welsh World Champion, Wayne Warren, together with our latest Darts World ‘Unsung Hero’ (Alan Evans) reminded us of the phenomenal sporting record of the principality. In snooker, rugby, football, and many other areas Wales punches above its weight, producing legendary players/characters. But is for the ‘darts’ floor’ that they just keep on producing.

Honorable mentions to go to Ceri Morgan, who sadly died recently, Marshall James, Johnny Clayton, Jim Williams and legendary Welsh skipper Martin Phillips. But our six Welsh giants are:

Six: Alan Evans

Evans the Arrow can rightly be classed as one of the founders of the feast. He claimed Runner-up spot in The News of The World event and lifted the World Master trophy. Alan was part of the three man team that won the first World Cup and stamped Wales on the darting map. Check out Alan’s Unsung Hero profile.

Five: Gerwyn Price

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The Iceman is storming through professional darts, just as he did opposition defences on the Rugby field. The Cardiff man already has two (ranking) major titles to his name and has also twice been a major runner-up. Currently ranked No 3, by the PDC, Price is strongly tipped as a future World Champion and is currently in his third season of Premier League darts.

Four: Wayne Warren

To claim a World Title is impressive at any time, to claim it as your first televised major is remarkable and to do it aged 57 is simply unique. Tynewydd’s favoured son gave the 2020 BDO World Championship the positive story it desperately needed and became the fourth Welsh man to claim the revered trophy. His 2020 form suggests he may add more titles to his collection yet.

Three: Richie Burnett

The Prince of Wales kept the Wrlsh flag flying after the early blaze had begun to fade. Winning the World Masters in 1994 and the World Championship the following year. Burnett has had ups and downs over a long career and probably waited too long before trying his luck on the PDC tours. However, his runner up effort in the 2001 World Matchplay and his comeback run, to the semi, in the World Grand Prix, a decade later demonstrate that he had the talent. Sadly, a social drugs suspension has hastened a decline in his success. Richie’s place amongst Welsh Darting royalty in nonetheless assured.

Two: Leighton Rees

Leighton Rees, father of the modern game? The Original Cobra?

The Marathon Man can lays strong claim to a place among the founding fathers of modern darts. Using self made barrels, dowling stems and paper flights Rees claimed the 1st World Professional Darts Championship in 1978. Often overlooked is that he often averaged over 90 and notched a 97+ on the way to the title. Leighton’s Welsh outfit claimed that first World Cup in ’77, & retained it in ’78. The big man had taken the Indoor League title in ’74 & ’76. Bearing in mind that Indoor League introduced darts to a mass audience, while Rees won the game many fans, by personality as well as ability, he was a strong contender for the top spot.

One: Mark Webster!

Carried the flag into the moder PDC era.

Despite Leighton’s claim, its the Denbigh player who carries the flag for the Welsh legends. Webster belongs to an exclusive club of World Champions who have also won the World Cup Singles titles. His defeat of Simon Whitlock, to win the Worlds, in 2008, restored Wales to the top of the darting tree after more than a decade. The fact he was only twenty-four ensured plenty more was to come.

Webster switched to the PDC and made sure Wales was represented, at the highest level, during a vital time for the professional game. Webby twice reached the semi finals of the (PDC) World Championship and was later the runner-up in the Players Championship finals.

Mark was the first Welshman to play in The Premier League and skippered the Welsh pairing (with Barrie Bates) on a tremendously popular run to the final of the inaugural World Cup of Darts (PDC).

Currently Mark is on a sabbatical from the Pro Tour, he can however be heard summarising major TV events. Who knows, as he is only 36, perhaps there are more chapters in the story of our top Welsh Darter!


Webster Takes a Step Back – 2008 World Champion to Give Q-School a Pass

Mark Webster, the 2008 Lakeside Champion, has reversed his intention to attempt to regain his PDC Tour Card later this week. The 36 year-old Welshman has slipped down the rankings, despite a valiant fight, in recent years and also seems to be carving out a media career.

Mark Webster. Hugely talented left hander who claimed World & European Cup singles as well as the BDO World Crown in 2008. Pic; Winmau design.

The Denbigh man has had a superb career and provided a great example to a younger generation of dart players. In addition, to his world crown, Webby is one of a select band to have also won the World Cup & European Cup in singles.

Speaking on social media Webster said;

It was massively disappointing for me to lose my Tour Card at the end of 2019. I’d given it everything but it was’nt enough…….

Mark Webster

Representing Wales has always seemed a source of pride and inspiration for him. Twice he has reached the PDC’s World Cup of Darts final, most memorably in partnership with Barrie Bates in 2010.

Following his remarkable success in the BDO, he was still in his mid twenties, Webster bravely crossed to the PDC in 2009. Despite early struggles, especially away from the TV/stage events, Webster demonstrated what courage could achieve. His first PDC World Championship saw him reach the semi-final and then claim the third place play off!

Continuing the Welsh darting legacy always seemed to bring out the best in Mark.

Mark really settled onto the main tour in 2010, he claimed his first PDC (Pro Tour) title in Germany and began to climb the rankings. Later that year was the first of his hugely popular World Cup of Darts efforts, he also repeated his World Championship heroics. A superb victory over ‘The Power’ was followed by an epic, ultimately losing, battle with Adrian Lewis for a place in the final. A place in the Premier League was Webby’s reward.

It’s possible that the PL came a little early for Mark. His place in the top 16 was not yet secure meaning that he needed constant strong results in all formats at the same time as the PDC’s flagship event was demanding much of his energy. His 8th place finish seemed to herald the start of a long and slow decline, punctuated by moments of class, that ended with the loss of his tour card last year.

It is apparent from his remarks, and a look at his stats, that Webster retains a huge will and talent and can produce it still. However, being a devoted family man and a modern professional dart player is a very complex mix. It may be that the 2008 World Champion has a second career waiting, in the commentary box & media, or that after a rest, and reset, he returns to the elite game at a later point.

We hope its the later, Mark has inspired many, he is well liked and adds much to the game. Thirty-Six is no age in the modern, professional sport that Webster helped form. Just ask fellow Welshman Wayne Warren or the ‘ever-bronzed’ Steve Beaton!

Winmau to Make Major Announcment.

The promotions team at Winmau seem to have gone into overdrive this evening. Pictures of a ‘special venue’ have been sent out and all the Winmau big names seem to be on call for what appear to be a major announcement and press event.

More later……..

19.45 update.

Winmau announce the sponsorship of World No. 1 MVG. The dutchman joins on a multi year deal.

Unsung Heroes : “Mile High” Leaves A Vapour Trail.

Darts World’s regular look at those players whose career or contribution to the sport of darts may have been overlooked, under-credited or faded with time.

In February 2010, Mark “Mile High” Hylton embarked on what was to be a brief, but highly significant, escapade into the world of PDC darts. An airline cabin manager for 15 years, Hylton quit at the age of 42 to become a full-time arrowsmith. A majestic take-off was followed by a turbulent spell cruising at altitude, before a steep descent took him away from our view. 

Hylton enjoyed a high flying start to his PDC Career.
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Born and raised in Staffordshire, Mark Hylton had been a familiar name in amateur darts for quite some time, including a notable television appearance at the the 2007 UK Open, before he decided to turn professional. His first few months on the tour proved a steep learning curve, but he was soon to rise rapidly through the PDC Order of Merit.

In early 2010, Hylton was playing superbly behind the scenes, cleaning up in non-professional events all over the UK. His management and coaching team decided to fund trips to Australia and Canada that summer to see if their hunch was right that he could compete with the best in the game. Hylton responded with a dazzling run to the final of the PDC Australian Open in Sydney, where he was defeated 6-3 by Dennis Priestley. The prize money, £3,000, ensured he would qualify for the 2011 World Championships. 

Hylton’s success continued with a string of very consistent results on the PDC Pro Tour, resulting in qualification for the lucrative Grand Slam of Darts. Despite not progressing from the group stage, the experience of such a huge, televised event was not wasted on Hylton, who was confident of a good showing at the Alexandra Palace.

Hylton and his team prepared meticulously for the 2011 World Championship. He played in all conditions and as often as possible, including on borrowed stages with friends acting as officials. When Hylton drew the legendary Steve Beaton in the first round, practice partners were hand-picked to try and mirror Beaton’s style and pace. Likely second and third round opponents were also calculated.

The venue was scouted, the weather anticipated (which was extreme) and complications allowed for. Despite some early nerves, and the silky skills of his opponent, the vigorous preparation paid off as Hylton ran out a 3-2 winner in a tense final set, where he held his nerve well. Hylton’s reward was a second round date with former PDC world number one, Colin Lloyd.

During the days before the match, Team Hylton again prepared diligently. Their man was less nervous than previously and was given these simple instructions by his coach: 

“you are the best kept secret in world darts, now go and show these people why”

Despite Lloyd edging in to a narrow lead in the fifth set, Hylton reeled off a remarkable 6 legs in a row to win 4-2 at a canter. By the end of the game Lloyd was shaking his head in disbelief as Hylton averaged over 115 in his purple patch and became the event’s leading 180 hitter.  

Sadly, Hylton could not produce a similar level in his last-16 match against welshman Mark Webster who defeated Hylton 4-1 on his way to a run to the semi-finals. Despite this, Hylton had served notice that he was a player to be taken seriously. He was awarded the PDC’s New Player of the Year award, a lucrative dart sponsorship and went on to achieve success in more major events in 2011, reaching the quarter-finals of the UK Open and the Grand Prix, rising to number 32 in the world in the process. He also frightened the life out of Phil Taylor in a thrilling 10-8 defeat at the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

Although he is no longer playing high profile darts Hylton left a trail that inspired others to even greater heights.
Pic – L Lustig/PDC

Although Hylton has slipped from view since those halcyon days, his efforts should not be forgotten. To become a professional at 42 with no top flight experience, and to hit the heights he did, was remarkable. Indeed, the vapour-trail Hylton left guided many. You don’t need to be a big name to win big.

Just ask Rob Cross! 


A version of this article appeared in The Ultimate Guide to the PDC World Championship – https://appsolutely.dev/darts/
JEGL

De Sousa Triumphs in Dublin.

De Sousa Gains Another PDC Title.
Pic: L Lustig

Jose De Sousa claimed a second PDC title inside a month at Players Championship 28 in Dublin on Saturday, beating Glen Durrant 8-6 in the final
De Sousa, who won a PDC Tour Card for the first time in January, produced a string of impressive displays to reach his third ProTour final of the year and claim the £10,000 top prize.

The final was a close encounter but a crucial break of throw in the penultimate leg gave the Portuguese the chance to throw for the match, a chance he took to down his English opponent.

“The final was not my best game, it was a complicated game. This final was a moment of magic for me, a great moment,” said a delighted De Sousa.

“If I play my best game I can beat almost anyone. I practice so hard, every day and I want to make a big future for myself.

“I didn’t think this was possible, I could not imagine this.”

The 45-year-old, who had only won his PDC Tour Card in January at Q-School won the crown on another definitive day for Portuguese darts.

“This is my first year in the PDC, all I wanted was experience but this has been amazing. I will continue my work and in the future, we will see what happens.”

A 98 average in a 6-2 win against Mark Dudbridge opened the day for De Sousa, before a remarkable 6-1 triumph, with an average of almost 108 saw the winner of Player Championship 23 move safely into the last 32.

A hard-fought 6-4 victory against Mark Webster and then a 6-2 win over Spaniard Jesus Noguera saw De Sousa move into the Quarter-Finals.

Another ton-plus average followed this time in a 6-3 win over a resurgent Kim Huybrechts as the Portuguese progressed into the last four.

De Sousa then faced Mensur Suljovic, who earlier in the day had produced the perfect nine-dart leg in his victory over Adam Hunt.

Suljovic could not compete with his opponent in the semi-finals though as De Sousa powered through to the final.

The decider swung both ways with neither player able to gain complete control of the encounter.

The pair traded breaks of throw in the middle of the match before Durrant eventually levelled at 6-6.

With the game looking set to go all the way to a deciding leg, De Sousa produced the all-important break of throw to go within a leg of the match before eventually pinning double ten for the title.

Durrant maintains his superb 2019 form.



Durrant, who was playing in his fourth PDC final since his move over from the BDO had another successful day with notable wins against Ian White and a semi-final victory against Friday’s champion Gerwyn Price.

The final two Players Championship events of 2019 will take place on October 14-15 where the field for the Players Championship finals will be confirmed.

Televised darts returns on Sunday as the BoyleSports World Grand Prix is broadcast live around the world from the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin.


Last 16
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1Gabriel Clemens
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Peter Wright
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Christian Bunse
Jose De Sousa 6-2 Jesus Noguera
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Jonny Clayton
James Wade 6-5 Jose Justicia
Glen Durrant 6-4 Ritchie Edhouse
Ian White 6-4 Conan Whitehead
Quarter-Finals
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Gerwyn Price 6-2James Wade
Glen Durrant 6-5 Ian White

Semi-Finals
Jose De Sousa 7-3 Mensur Suljovic
Glen Durrant 7-6 Gerwyn Price

Final
Jose De Sousa 8-6 Glen Durrant

Back Room Bully. The Importance of Winning The Bull!

Following Mark Webster’s superb last leg victory, over Joe Cullen, during the Austrian Darts Open, Paul Nicholson tweeted about it being a great advert for winning the bull. Our resident coach has long advocated for taking the backroom bull-up seriously. So we asked him why?

“It’s relatively obvious that throwing first is an advantage, remember what Eric used to say ” It’s simple, win your own legs”. With the improvement in standards across the board it is getting even more so.” said Coach Calhoun.

He added more “it is beyond me how players will have a routine for practising their scoring, their doubles and their finishes, but ask them, “how do you improve your bulling up?” and you will hear a lot of umming & aahing. It’s ridiculous that a professional would allow such an advantage to slip through their fingers”.


Bullseye – A Bit of Bully has always been welcome.

So is the coach right? We looked at a recent Pro Tour event. In total there were 36 matches that came down to the last leg. Overall 24 of those went to the player with the darts or two out of three. So it is clearly a big advantage.

However, it was noticeable that the benefits are less pronounced in the early stages, especially the first round. Here it was a little better than 50/50. The advantage of winning the bull increases dramatically through the middle rounds where up to 6 times as many deciding legs are won by the bull winner. Toward the climax of events, it moves back again, to the point of about 1 in 4 being won by the second thrower.

Although based on limited information, this suggests that winning the bull is advantageous in all ways. It’s very advantageous in the middle stages of an event and quite helpful in the semis and finals. So it appears that coach may well be right and we should improve this area.

As our coach says: “its not rocket science, practice it and have system you can rely on” .

We asked Coach Calhoun to put together a few practice ideas for those of you keen on improving this area. Keep an eye in The Practice Board for his suggestions.

Pic: PDC & ITV(Central)

Peter Machin is among the latest 2017 Grand Slam of Darts qualifiers.

BDO World Trophy champion Peter Machin among confirmed 2017 bwin Grand Slam of Darts qualifiers

Peter Machin is among the latest 2017 Grand Slam of Darts qualifiers.
BDO World Trophy champion Peter Machin is among the latest 2017 Grand Slam of Darts qualifiers.
Photo: David Gill/BDO

2017 Grand Slam of Darts qualifiers

A total of three of the BDO’s eight designated places for the bwin 2017 Grand Slam of Darts have been filled up, after Peter Machin was a shock winner at the recent World Trophy.

The 44-year-old Australian saw off Martin Phillips to claim his first Major title, after being a losing finalist at the event last year, and joins 2017 BDO World Championship and 2016 World Masters winner Glen Durrant and 2017 Lakeside runner-up Danny Noppert in taking part in the cross-organisation tournament later in November.

Durrant and Noppert both made their maiden Grand Slam appearances last year, and reached the quarter-finals – as did fellow Lakeside stars Darryl Fitton, Jeff Smith and Jamie Hughes.

A further five spots are still up for grabs, and will be awarded to the top five players in the BDO rankings by September 30, 2017 – not including the aforementioned players.

Meanwhile, 10 PDC stars have provisionally qualified for this year’s Grand Slam, which will again take place at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall.

Recent World Cup of Darts champion Raymond van Barneveld and runner-up Mark Webster were the latest added to the list, after partnering already qualified Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price respectively in a thrilling final.

MvG makes another appearance by a number of methods, being the current World Championship, Premier League, Masters, Players Championship and of course Grand Slam champion. While, Wales’ Price was runner-up at the 2017 UK Open, after losing to Peter Wright.

Snakebite, therefore, also makes the list, as do World Youth champion Corey Cadby, and runners-up at the last Worlds Gary Anderson, Grand Slam James Wade, Players Championship Dave Chsinall and World Youth Championship Berry van Peer.

A further six places are available to PDC stars based on TV appearances, with the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, European Championship, Champions League and World Series of Darts Finals still yet to take place before the cut-off in 2017.

If the places are not all filled, then additional places will be filled from the reserve list of the following in order: 2017 European Tour winners, 2017 Players Championship winners and 2017 UK Open Qualifier winners (all in Order of Merit order at November 6).

Wright (3), Van Gerwen (1) and Michael Smith (1) have all been European Tour winners this year so far, meaning the latter currently stands to earn a place, with seven more to come.

Meanwhile, Wright, Van Gerwen, Anderson, Alan Norris, Rob Cross (2), Simon Whitlock, Adrian Lewis, Daryl Gurney and Joe Cullen have all claimed Players Championship titles, with 10 to play.

Another eight places are then available through a PDC qualifying event.

Qualifying Players: From PDC report

Invited in the following order up to a maximum of 16 players

2017 PDC World Championship champion – Michael van Gerwen
2016 Grand Slam champion – Michael van Gerwen
2017 Premier League champion – Michael van Gerwen
2017 World Matchplay champion – TBC
2017 World Grand Prix champion – TBC
2016 World Youth champion – Corey Cadby
2017 Masters champion – Michael van Gerwen
2017 UK Open champion – Peter Wright
2017 European Championship champion – TBC
2016 Players Championship champion – Michael van Gerwen
2017 Champions League champion – TBC
2017 World Series of Darts Finals champion – TBC
2017 World Cup winners (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available) – (Michael van Gerwen), Raymond van Barneveld
2017 PDC World Championship runner-up – Gary Anderson
2016 Grand Slam runner-up – James Wade
2017 Premier League runner-up – Peter Wright
2017 World Matchplay runner-up – TBC
2017 World Grand Prix runner-up – TBC
2016 World Youth Championship runner-up – Berry van Peer
2017 Masters runner-up – Gary Anderson
2017 UK Open runner-up – Gerwyn Price
2017 European Championship runner-up – TBC
2016 Players Championship runner-up – Dave Chisnall
2017 Champions League runner-up – TBC
2017 World Series of Darts Finals runner-up – TBC
2017 World Cup runners-up (2 players with highest individual taking preference if only one spot available) – Gerwyn Price, Mark Webster

This list can produce a maximum of 28 players. If it produces more than 16 players, they shall be taken in order as listed above and no further players shall qualify automatically.

If it produces fewer than 16 places then additional places shall be filled from the reserve list in the following order:

2017 European Tour winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6)
2017 Players Championship winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6)
2017 UK Open qualifier winners (in Order of Merit order at Nov 6)

Once 16 players are reached from the above criteria then the remaining 16 places shall be filled with eight players from a PDC Tour Card holder qualifier and eight BDO qualifiers.

BDO qualifiers

2017 Lakeside champion – Glen Durrant
2017 Lakeside runner-up – Danny Noppert
2016 World Masters champion – Glen Durrant
2017 BDO World Trophy champion – Peter Machin

Plus top five players from BDO Rankings at September 30, 2017

Tickets for the 2017 bwin Grand Slam of Darts are available now and can be purchased online through www.theticketfactory.com/PDC or from the Wolves Civic Box Office by calling 0870 320 7000.

Report – Netherlands crowned World Cup of Darts champions in thrilling final

Credit Lawrence Lustig PDC

The Netherlands were crowned PDC World Cup of Darts Champions in Frankfurt as Raymond van Barneveld hit the crucial blow to tie to stave off the Welsh in a thrilling final encounter.

Semi-Final’s

The Welsh progressed to their first World Cup of Darts final in five years following a convincing 2-0 over the Huybrechts brothers.

UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price stepped into the international spotlight first, taking on Belgium talisman Kim Huybrechts. In a game that had the Hurricane as slight favourite, Price pulled out a spectacular display.

He clinically put away 105 before extending his lead on tops. Huybrechts immediately broke back with another tonne plus check-out. But it would soon be curtains as Kim couldn’t replicate his quarter final performance and his nation fell into an early deficit.

Mark Webster put on a lesson in double ten hitting to confirm the win. The Spider has been going through a tough phase on the PDC circuit recently, but regained the ruthlessness that took him to the Lakeside title back in 2008. A 4-2 victory sending the Belgian’s packing.

The Netherlands ensured they would join them, dumping out reigning champions England in straight sets. The run consecutive finals was ended for The Three Lions as Michael van Gerwen took Adrian Lewis to a last leg decider before hitting the crucial double.

It was a brave effort from Lewis who was ultimately pipped at the post. Dave Chisnall couldn’t resurrect England’s chances against the Doyenne of Dutch darts. It took until leg five before Barney missed a dart at double, Chizzy not living with the Big man’s ruthlessness. A 4-2 victory confirming a Netherlands versus Wales final in Frankfurt.

The Final

The Dutch and Michael van Gerwen drew first blood. The Green machine reeling off four consecutive legs to take the early advantage.

A rejuvenated Mark Webster took to the stage to level proceedings. The Spider showing great composure to take out 70 and 94, subduing Barney to a 4-1 defeat.

With the scores all tied up, the best of five match would go into a doubles affair, with the Dutch again coming out on top. The Welsh pairing struggled to find their rhythm and after missing double 20 in the opening leg, the Netherlands would cruise into a 3-0.

A spectacular tops-tops 100 checkout from Price would redeem some pride, but it was too little too late as van Gerwen hit double 16 to make it 2-1.

The trophy would be delivered to deluxe Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld as the fatherfigure of Dutch darts tied the knot on a huge win for him and partner Michael van Gerwen.

Him and Gerwyn Price has exchanged the first four legs on throw, but a pivotal double five would turn the tides as Raymond van Barneveld picked apart Price in the final leg of the match. He would stroke the final blow on double four as the Netherlands were crowned 2017 World Cup of Darts champions.

Singapore fairy-tale continues at World Cup of Darts 2017 – Day 3 Afternoon session report

Credit Lawrence Lustig – PDC

It was another unbelievable session at the World Cup of Darts as the romantic story continued for Singapore. They will meet Belgium in the quarter-finals after Ronny Huybrechts produced a record breaking performance. Josh Green runs through the afternoons action in Frankfurt.

The Singapore fairytale continued as the team of Paul and Harith Lim beat Spain to set up a quarter-final meeting with Belgium.

Paul Lim whitewashed Antonio Alcinas in his opening singles affair. A 112 in the first leg a highlight for the 62-year-old. Unfortunately, namesake Harith Lim could not tie up a history making victory for his country.

Harith picked up his performance for the doubles decider, producing some excellent darts to perform a 4-0 whitewash of the Spanish pairing. With results like this the darting world will continue to tremour, and they could be a force to be reckoned with in the final eight.

Russia produced another piece of darting history by dumping out the highly fancied Australia at the second round stage. It came down to a first pairs decider of the tournament, after Simon Whitlock has rescued his country from a 2-0 defeat.

Aleksandr Oreshkin had got the ball rolling when he dismissed Kyle Anderson. It was then down to an injured Simon Whitlock to resurrect the Aussie’s chances of World Cup glory.

The outlandish pairing of Oreshkin and Boris Koltsov edged closer to the last 8 with a sensational 138 finish from Koltsov. However, Whitlock would steam-roll through the 28-year-old, eventually securing a 4-1 victory and taking the match to a decider.

The incredible array of upsets continued at the World Cup of Darts as Oreshkin landed an 81 checkout to give Russia a three keg cushion. Before Koltsov hit the deciding double 8 to secure an amazing win over the fifth seeds.

Ronny Huybrechts recorded the highest average by a Belgian player on TV as him and brother Kim breezed past an out of sorts Greece side.

Ronny stamped his authority on the contest, recording a stunning 115.62 average in his 4-0 thrashing of John Michael. Ronny has often taken a back seat in the Belgian duo, but after a 180 and some magnificent finishing, he may take the lead role in the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts.

Earlier 2017 Premier League participant Kim Huybrechts had made heavy work of Iaonnis Selachoglou making a meal of doubles. But the hefty scoring would give him the room to manufacture a 4-2 victory.

Wales squeezed through to round two with a pair of last leg deciders in both singles clashes, Gerwyn Price surviving seven match darts to give Wales the 1-0 lead.

The UK Open semi-finalist had conceded the opening leg on his throw, but reversed the fortunes in leg two, immediately breaking back. Mick McGowan fluffed his lines in the pivotal leg giving Price the chance to steal the victory.

Former Lakeside champion Mark Webster then took to the stage knowing a win would take the Welsh into the quarter-finals. The spider looked shaky in the openign exchanges, but after going 3-2 behind, he would click into gear.

A 77 checkout to level the match, followed by a sensational deciding leg would see Wales progress with a confidence boosting win for Webster.

Belgium 2-0 Greece

Wales 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Russia 2-1 Australia

Singapore 2-1 Spain