Ando’s World Cup Recap: England Would Have Been Sweeter!

Gary Anderson has been recounting his struggles to get ‘match fit’, and in the groove for doubles, before Scotland tremendous win in the 2019 World Cup of Darts.

This years event has been delayed by Covid-19 and will now take place between November 6-8th. In the meantime the PDC have released a special highlights program with some of the events stars recounting their memories.

Anderson said: “It’s the only time in the year I play pairs and I’ve said that to Peter. Back years ago in the BDO you always played pairs, triples, games like that, you were used to it.

“So once a year is bad enough. It’s hard to get into, hard to get into your throw. “When I came back to darts my main target was the Worlds and a floor tournament, that was the first step”

“I think I had played in one or two ProTours prior to the World Cup, I was struggling”.

“Once we got across there, you know what you’ve got to do.

“Unfortunately we never got to play Netherlands or England because that would have been even sweeter”.

“Even when we started that tournament we kicked off well, I felt we were on it here. It just clicked from there.

“William and Steve had played well the whole tournament. But it was just good to get back.

“It’s not just yourself you are playing for, it’s someone else as well. If you lose a game you’re a bit naff because you are putting all the pressure on your partner. It works both ways.

“It was long overdue. We had lost in two finals to the two teams you couldn’t get harder with the players. We finally did it.

“But Willie and Steve are a pair of good lads. You have a cracking laugh with Willie. 

“I reckon we’ve got a few good years left hopefully. To be 21 again in this day and age would be great. We can still show them the way.

Although the tournament has been moved back to be held from November 6-8, fans can look back on some classic games in the World Cup’s history in PDCTV and at the OfficialPDC YouTube Channel.

Pix: Taylor Lanning

Peter Wright: Don’t Get Pooped Again!

PETER WRIGHT admits he “pooped” himself in World Cup finals before finally landing the trophy for Scotland. 

Wright had had a tough time in previous World Cups. Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis had produced their best against him. (Pic: Taylor Lanning)

The Dartan Army pair of Wright and Gary Anderson had been beaten finalists twice in the previous four years before finally ending the jinx against the Republic of Ireland in Hamburg 12 months ago.

Snakebite, 50, revealed that he felt he had let the side down in the losing finals against England and Netherlands.

Wright told PDC Re-Watch: “The most important thing was that I didn’t want to let Gary or the country down. It’s so hard playing pairs. Like Gary said, the last time I played pairs was in the BDO, it’s very difficult.

“To play for your country puts even more pressure on. I found it very nervy.

To be honest I pooped myself in the finals that we lost.

“But I must admit that in the matches with England and Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis was bashed up by Gary but I didn’t. Taylor had 116 and Lewis 108 average, they got lucky against me. I was just poo!

“You have to remember that Gaz was going through a lot of back problems and still was when he was playing.

“He had pulled out of the Premier League as well,

I was privileged that Gary and I could practice behind closed doors at the World Cup. That meant a lot to me”.

“I didn’t want to let him down for putting that hard work in. But before that last game he just said to me ‘make sure you win’!

“But for me it was hard to get into all these finals and keep losing. Then letting Gaz down and Scotland with the finals we’d lost before, it was because of my playing. Gas was playing fantastic and carrying me.

Finally a Scots pairing had their hands on The World Cup of Darts (Pic; L Lustig)

Only England and Netherlands had won the PDC World Cup prior to 2019 and Scotland’s record had been patchy to say the least. They had previously been KO’d by so-called minnows like Spain, South Africa, Northern Ireland and Singapore.

But in more recent times with Wright and Anderson as the pair they had narrowly missed out in finals.

“I was totally focused that it wasn’t going to happen again this year, this is our year. That was it. There was no other thought in my head”.

A determined and passionate Snakebite can be tough to keep up with!

“Steve and William played well the whole tournament, we were up against it. I’ve obviously had the experience of being in those finals, it’s taken the best players in the world to nick it from us. 

“To get over that line and actually for me to hit the winning double, it was nice.”

The 2020 BetVictor World Cup of Darts had been set to be staged from June 18-21, as 32 nations competed for the prestigious title. The tournament has been moved back to be held from November 6-8!

Watch World Cup ‘Highlights With The Stars’, here.

Wright Gutted At World Cup Defense Jeopardy.

PETER WRIGHT admits he’s “gutted” that Scotland are unlikely to defend their World Cup title in 2020. The Livingston ace was close to tears a year ago when he and Gary Anderson took the championship in Germany. Snakebite also revealed he was so proud to hold both the World Championship and World Cup in the same year.

Team Scotland (Wright and Anderson) are current World Cup Champions.

But now the PDC have had to postpone this year’s event because of the coronavirus crisis but are hoping to re-schedule. Wright said: “Obviously I’m gutted but it’s not the most important thing we have to worry about right now. “The main thing is that people stay safe as much as possible and we stick to the rules. Health comes first and sport comes second. “It’s obviously really hard for the PDC, they need to re-arrange everything as time goes by. No one really knows when things will be back to normal. “Winning the World Cup was very special to me. To do that for the Scottish fans will always be one of the biggest highlights of my career. “Up until winning the World Championship, it was my biggest moment.

It was top of my list to try and retain it with Gary. “I felt we would be the strongest pair again and if we both played to our ability, we could win it for another year. “It’s always a tough tournament because you get so many surprise pairs who pop up and play really well together. Like Republic of Ireland last year, Steve Lennon and William O Connor were outstanding. “I guess we’ll still get to defend it at some stage whatever. Whether that is in 2020 or 2021 we just don’t know. But I’d love to win it for the Scottish fans who are always brilliant to me.”

Wright, 50, is still practising with his lockdown lodger Dimitri van den Bergh and is enjoying life despite missing out on so many Premier League nights. He added: “I played in the PDC Home Tour which was very different and other than that it’s nice to practice with Dimi and spend so much quality time with the wife and kids. “I’ve not had this sort of break in years. I’ve always been the sort of player to compete in every available tournament whether in the UK or abroad. So this just wouldn’t be possible normally.

“I’m sure big events will be back as soon as it is permitted to do so. Whether that’s behind closed doors or whatever, the PDC will get it back on TV.”

Peter Wright

Article originally published at: Red Dragon Darts

BetVictor Extends World Cup of Darts Support.

Leading online gambling company BetVictor has extended its partnership with PDC by continuing with the title sponsorship of the BetVictor World Cup of Darts ahead of the 2020 tournament, which will take place from June 18-21 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg.

Since being introduced to the calendar in 2010, the 32-nation tournament has grown in stature celebrating the sport’s global expansion as two-player teams compete across four days.

“The 2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts was a sensational tournament and it’s fantastic that BetVictor has extended its association with the event in 2020” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

“The World Cup of Darts reflects our worldwide growth as a sport and is getting more competitive every year as developing nations gain valuable big-stage experience. The tournament is massively popular with players, fans and our worldwide broadcast partners and I’m sure that the 2020 BetVictor World Cup of Darts will be another huge success.”

Matt Scarrott, Director of Sportsbook at BetVictor, said: “We’re very pleased to continue with the title sponsorship of the BetVictor World Cup of Darts, which is set to be another exciting competition.

“We’ve previously partnered with the PDC on a number of successful tournaments and we’re confident the 2020 competition will set the bar even higher.”

The 2020 BetVictor World Cup of Darts will return for a second successive year to the Barclaycard Arena with Scotland set to defend the title they won in 2019, defeating Ireland in the final.

Both the Netherlands and England are the other previous winners, having claimed four victories apiece from 2010-2018 before Scottish pair Gary Anderson and Peter Wright took glory in the most recent edition.

Tickets for the BetVictor World Cup of Darts are available from PDC Europe via

2020 BetVictor World Cup of Darts

Thursday June 18 (1900 local time)

First Round x8

Friday June 19 (1900 local time)

First Round x8

Saturday June 20

Afternoon Session (1300 local time)

Second Round x4

Evening Session (1900 local time)

Second Round x4

Sunday June 21

Afternoon Session (1300 local time)


Evening Session (1900 local time)