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.


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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’s No ‘Plastic Jock’- The Truth Behind Snakebite’s National Pride.

I’m passionate about my upbringing. I was only taken from Scotland so my mum could keep me. “I’m happy to tell my story now and hope people realise that I am a true Scot. I hate it when people say I’m not

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Peter Wright invites many assumptions, to be made about him, most are false. But perhaps the most hurtful are those concerning his national identity! The ‘plastic Jock’ tag is easily thrown around by those seeking to provoke controversy on social media or to gain a reaction from fans and supporters, but it does not hold water.

Wright might be based in Suffolk and sound more Bernard Matthews than Billy Connolly but his heart beats blue and white Saltire after his early life in West Lothian. Wright admits his burning passion for Scotland was born after his mum RAN AWAY with him when he was just three years old. He revealed that one night his young mum Jean took him away 40 years ago leaving West Lothian for London.

Wright, 49, has never met his father, who was in jail when he was born, and has lived an almost nomadic lifestyle since his mum left Scotland with him in 1973. In truth, he is a total contradiction of persona v personality. The oche punk look could not be further from his real character. He’s quiet, reserved and verging on shy, very softly spoken and emotional.

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Wright was close to tears when he admitted: “My mum was 16 when she had me and my dad was in jail.“But her sisters didn’t think she was up to bringing me up at one stage and they were apparently talking about taking me off her.

“So my mum decided one night to just run away with me to London when I was only three.“It was obviously a very difficult time for her but that’s the only reason I left Scotland.“We were in London until I was 18 and then I’ve lived in so many places since then – Suffolk, Norfolk, Cheshire, Ayrshire. “I’ve probably turned out for more counties in darts than any other player – I’ve represented all the places I’ve lived in. “I’ve settled in Suffolk now and my mum lives above my wife’s hairdressers down with us. But my heart still remains in Scotland. “My true identity is that I am Scottish – I’ve got Scottish blood running through my veins. “I’m passionate about my upbringing. I was only taken from Scotland so my mum could keep me. “I’m happy to tell my story now and hope people realise that I am a true Scot. I hate it when people say I’m not. I’m proud of my country and even prouder to represent it.” Wright burst on to the scene six years ago by reaching the World Championship Final and has since been consistent at the highest level before landing the big one on New Year’s Day.


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2017 Gibraltar Darts Trophy stats.

European Tour Restores Four Events: New Dates & Venues Confirmed

Four PDC European Tour events are planned to be held in September and October, as Budapest, Jena, Gibraltar and Prague prepare to host tournaments.

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The 2020 European Tour season had begun with the Belgian Darts Championship earlier this year, before the global Coronavirus pandemic led to a suspension of events.

Due to restrictions in place in Germany and the Netherlands, planned events in Sindelfingen, Leverkusen, Trier, Munich, Hildesheim, Riesa and Leeuwarden will not now be able to take place this year.

However, the following European Tour events will be able to take place later this year:
Hungarian Darts Trophy (Budapest) – September 4-6
German Darts Open (Jena) – September 11-13
Gibraltar Darts Trophy (Gibraltar) – September 25-27
Czech Darts Open (Prague) – October 16-18.

These events will be followed from October 29-November 1 with the European Championship in Dortmund.

Team Scotland will defend their Trophy after all! ( L lustig/PDC)

In addition, the World Series of Darts Finals remain planned to take place in Salzburg from September 18-20, while the rescheduled BetVictor World Cup of Darts in Graz from November 6-8 will conclude the year’s action in Europe.

Fans with tickets for events which have been affected by postponements will be contacted by PDC Europe in due course in relation to their booking.


Anderson Delighted With Progress, Despite ‘Pete Tong’ Counting.

GARY ANDERSON remains unbeaten in six PDC Home Tour matches despite admitting he can’t count quick enough.The Flying Scotsman won his last 32 online streaming group without defeat in fine style on Thursday night.

Anderson hopes to again be triumphant, despite a few subtraction issues. His ‘Pete Tong’ counting does not seem to have held him back so far!

It means he has won all half dozen matches so far and goes into the semi-finals in a tournament he almost couldn’t play in because of lack of WiFi signal. That SunSport story prompted the broadband issue to be solved and now he’s one of the few top seeds left in the competition.

But, the twice World Champion admitted to a small isuue:

“I started well and then it went Pete Tong. I’m struggling with going for different numbers on the board in case I can’t count up quick enough. You know what my counting is like, it’s absolutely atrocious.“

So I’m scared to go for 19s if I’ve got to add it up. I’ll get the calculator out!”Anderson dropped just six legs in three matches, dumping Nick Kenny 6-2, Luke Humphries 6-1 and Jamie Lewis 6-3.

The Somerset-based star is the top-rated player still left in the Home Tour having seen Peter Wright, Glen Durrant, Stephen Bunting, Gerwyn Price, and Michael Smith all crash out in recent weeks. He added: “It still feels strange, you still wait for the boy to walk in front of you before you throw darts. It takes a bit of getting used to, very weird.“I play darts here but if I’m someone, they are here in person. It’s listening to the phone, can’t see it, watching the score pad. Then try and listen to the third dart hit the board so you can get ready to throw. I’m getting used to it though, I think.”

Gary & reigning World Champion Peter Wright will get to defend their title after all! (L lustig PDC)

Anderson and reigning World Champion Wright will get a chance to defend their World Cup victory in August.

The 2020 BetVictor World Cup of Darts is now set to be held from November 6-8 in Graz as Austria prepares to host the event for the first time. The 32-nation World Cup had been originally planned to take place in Hamburg in June, but was amongst the tournaments postponed recently due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Last year Wright and Anderson claimed the title for the first time by defeating Ireland’s William O’Connor and Steve Lennon in the final. England and the Netherlands have won the World Cup four times apiece since the tournament – which is unique on the PDC circuit for the combination of Doubles and Singles ties – was introduced a decade ago.


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More Disruption for PDC: May and June’s Events & World Cup Under Threat.

The PDC’s ranked events during May and June, along with the BetVictor World Cup of Darts, will not now take place as planned and are the latest amendments to the calendar during the ongoing suspension of tournaments.

Scotland’s Peter Wright and Gary Anderson may be unable to defend their World Cup of Darts title this year. (Pic : L Lustig/PDC)

PDC events have been unable to take place for the past month following the restrictions imposed globally due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Unibet Premier League’s remaining planned dates have already been rescheduled for later in 2020, with the World Series of Darts events in New York and Copenhagen also being moved in the calendar.

The five planned European Tour events in May and June – which were to be held in Graz, Budapest, Riesa, Sindelfingen and Trier – will not now take place as scheduled, along with four Players Championship events, two PDC Unicorn Development Tour weekends and a Challenge Tour weekend.

In addition, the popular 32-nation BetVictor World Cup of Darts, which was scheduled for June 18-21, will now be postponed, and it is hoped to move this event to a date later in 2020.

The Hungarian Darts Trophy in Budapest has been moved to September 4-6, with the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts – which had originally been planned for the same weekend – now set to not take place in 2020.

The PDC’s intention is to arrange as many ProTour and secondary tour events as possible into the second half of 2020, or as and when work and travel restrictions are eased.

Germany last week extended their restriction on mass gatherings to the end of August, meaning that the four European Tour events in the country which had been rescheduled for July and August cannot now take place as planned.

In the unlikely event of restrictions being eased to make tournament play possible before July, the PDC would advise players appropriately of any plans.

Affected PDC Events
May 1-3 – Hungarian Darts Trophy (ET6) – NOW September 4-6
May 2-3 – Development Tour 9-12
May 15 – European Tour 8 TCH Qualifier
May 16-17 – Players Championship 13-14
May 22-24 – International Darts Open (ET7)
May 29-31 – European Darts Grand Prix (ET2)
June 6-7 – Challenge Tour 9-12
June 13-14 – Players Championship 17-18
June 15 – European Tour 9-10 TCH Qualifiers
June 18-21 – BetVictor World Cup of Darts
June 20-21 – Development Tour 13-16
June 26-28 – European Darts Matchplay (ET8)
July 3-5 – German Darts Championship (ET9)
July 10-12 – German Darts Open (ET10)
July 31-August 2 – German Darts Grand Prix (ET4)
August 7-9 – European Darts Open (ET3)

The PDC is continuing to work with its partners in rescheduling tournaments, with further details to be announced once available. Further announcements in relation to the current situation can be seen at this page once available.

Fans with tickets for affected European Tour events or the BetVictor World Cup of Darts will be contacted by their point of purchase in due course in relation to their booking.


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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 www.pdc-europe.de/tickets.

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)

Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (1900 local time)

Semi-Finals

ENDS

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

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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.

Netherlands survive scare in World Cup of Darts – Day 3 evening report

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The Netherlands survived a monumental scare against the USA as they set up a quarter final tie with host nation Germany tomorrow afternoon. Read on to find out how they made it through and who will join them in the quarter finals of the World Cup of Darts.

Austria opened the evening’s action with a routine victory over Canada. John part failed to reach the dizzy heights of his glory days in the PDC as Mensur Suljovic produced a whitewash on the three time champion of the world.

Rowby-John Rodriguez would wrap up the victory, in a slow paced encounter. RJR was out of the blocks quickly, racing into a 2-0, but he quickly became bemused by the on stage antics of John Norman Jnr.

Improved clinicality would see Norman take two of the next three legs, but after loosing his cool late in the sixth leg, Rodriguez would wrap up the victory on tops.

England resumed their defence of the World Cup of Darts against South Africa, and there was nothing the team of Devon Peterson and Deon Oliver could do to stop them.

Adrian Lewis stepped up to oche after a dismal first showing yesterday afternoon. He re-collected himself for a singles match with fans favourite Devon Peterson. Two maximums and some much improved finishing later, England were already on their way to the quarter final’s.

Dave Chisnall was second to take the stage, adding a four more legs and concluding the 8-0 rout for England. The scoreline would not tell the whole story, Deon Oliver conducted him self magnificently against the former Grand Prix runner-up. But the relentless scoring of Chizzy was too much for the South African as England ran away big winners in round two.

The crowd went wild as host nation Germany progressed to round three, setting up mouthwatering meeting with the Netherlands. Both Max Hopp and Martin Schindler smoothly sailed through their respective singles matches, meaning there was no need for a doubles clash.

World Cup of Darts debutant Schindler was up first against Alexandre Sattin. He kicked off the contest with on double 16, before holding his nerve on the madhouse to increase the advantage. He was milimetres away from a outstanding 160 checkout, but he would eventually mop up on double 10 to seal an impressive whitewash win.

Hopp would follow suit, a mouthwatering 161 getting the ball rolling. There would little Diogo Portela could do as Hopp cruised into a 3-0 lead sporting a 120 average.

With the finish line in sight, the young German would stumble, Portela recording Brazil’s first leg of the match. But Hopp would soon be back on the straight and narrow as the world number 38 closed out an excellent display by the pair.

The Netherlands rounded off the evening’s entertainment with a triumph over the USA, surviving a monumental scare.

Big Daddy Darin Young pushed Michael van Gerwen for the first four legs of their encounter. But the World number one would shift into second gear, taking the next two legs and recording a 4-2 victory.

Raymond van Barneveld could only stand and watch and former Matchplay champion larry Butler levelled the game with three beautiful checkouts. A 120, 109 and 95 on the bull, gave the USA a glimmer of hope against the tournament favourites.

Barney redeemed himself in the doubles decider as himself and self appointed captain van Gerwen strolled through the USA challenge. There was little resistance from Young and Butler as the Netherlands continued their quest for World Cup glory

Austria 2-0 Canada

Germany 2-0 Brazil

England 2-0 South Africa

Netherlands 2-1 USA

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

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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