PRE-TOURNAMENT favourites England are on the brink of crashing out of the Cash Converters World Cup of Darts after Canada’s Ken MacNeil and John Part defeated Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis in their Singles games on Friday night.

Taylor went down 4-3 to MacNeil, giving him echoes of a defeat in the second round of the 2010 World Cup of Darts to Spain when he was partnered by James Wade.

Double World Champion Lewis has taken Wade’s place in the England team in this event, but was unable to take victory in his own Singles clash with Part, who took out a brilliant 140 finish to win their game in a deciding leg.

The results mean that Taylor and Lewis must now win Saturday afternoon’s Doubles game between the nations to force a sudden-death leg at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg.

Reigning champions Netherlands, meanwhile, face a winner-takes-all Doubles clash with Austria on Saturday after Raymond van Barneveld and Mensur Suljovic picked up respective wins for their countries.

Van Barneveld came from 3-2 down to defeat Dietmar Burger 4-3, while Suljovic won in the same manner against Vincent van der Voort, who hit a 140 checkout during the game but could not better the Austrian’s 14-darter in the deciding leg.

Australia, who were semi-finalists in the 2010 World Cup of Darts, made a strong start to the event as Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson dropped just one leg between them in victories over Ireland’s Mick McGowan and William O’Connor.

Welshmen Mark Webster and Richie Burnett also impressed as they defeated Croatian pair Tonci Restovic and Boris Krcmar with 4-0 and 4-3 wins respectively, as they put one foot into the quarter-finals.

Scotland also lead 2-0 in their clash with South Africa, although Gary Anderson had to come from 3-0 down to defeat Shawn Hogan 4-3 before Peter Wright overcame emerging star Devon Petersen 4-1.

Hosts Germany are level with the USA following their Singles games, with Jyhan Artut defeating Gary Mawson 4-3 and Darin Young seeing off Bernd Roith 4-2.

Northern Ireland are also all-square with Denmark, for whom Jann Hoffmann picked up victory over World Grand Prix finalist Brendan Dolan before left-hander Michael Mansell defeated Per Laursen 4-1.

Belgium and Sweden will meet in another decisive Doubles game knowing that the winner will progress on Saturday afternoon after sharing the spoils on Friday, with Kim Huybrechts defeating Dennis Nilsson 4-1 and Magnus Caris replying with a 4-2 win over Kurt Van De Rijck.

Saturday afternoon’s decisive Doubles games will be followed in the evening session by the quarter-finals, which will see both Singles and Doubles games combined.

Cash Converters World Cup of Darts
Second Round

Friday Evening Session (8pm-12am)
16 x Singles matches. Top ranked player from each team plays second ranked player from opposing team.
Best of seven legs, 501 Singles, loser throws first.
One point awarded for each match winner.

Second Round Singles
Northern Ireland 1-1 Denmark

Brendan Dolan 3-4 Jann Hoffmann
Michael Mansell 4-1 Per Laursen

Belgium 1-1 Sweden
Kim Huybrechts 4-1 Dennis Nilsson
Kurt Van De Rijck 2-4 Magnus Caris

Australia 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Simon Whitlock 4-1 Mick McGowan
Paul Nicholson 4-0 William O’Connor

Wales 2-0 Croatia
Mark Webster 4-0 Tonci Restovic
Richie Burnett 4-3 Boris Krcmar

Germany 1-1 USA
Jyhan Artut 4-3 Gary Mawson
Bernd Roith 2-4 Darin Young

Scotland 2-0 South Africa
Gary Anderson 4-3 Shawn Hogan
Peter Wright 4-1 Devon Petersen

England 0-2 Canada
Phil Taylor 3-4 Ken MacNeil
Adrian Lewis 3-4 John Part

Netherlands 1-1 Austria
Raymond van Barneveld 4-3 Dietmar Burger
Vincent van der Voort 3-4 Mensur Suljovic

Saturday February 4
Afternoon Session (2.30pm-6.30pm)

Second Round
8x Doubles matches. Best of nine legs, 501 Doubles, loser throws first.
Two points awarded for each match winner. In the event of this resulting in a 2-2 tie between countries, a sudden death doubles leg will take place with the team who threw first in the doubles match throwing first for the bull in the sudden death leg.

Second Round Doubles Order of Play
Northern Ireland v Denmark
Belgium v Sweden
Australia v Republic of Ireland
Wales v Croatia
Germany v USA
Scotland v South Africa
England v Canada
Netherlands v Austria

Evening Session (8pm-12am)
Quarter-Finals
4x Quarter-Final ties. Play proceeds in bracket order from the Second Round onwards.
Same format as Second Round, with Doubles match immediately following second Singles match in each tie.

Order of Play TBC

Tournament Draw Bracket – to be used from Second Round onwards
England (1) v Canada
Germany (8) v USA
Wales (5) v Croatia
Scotland (4) v South Africa
Australia (2) v Republic of Ireland
Belgium (7) v Sweden
Northern Ireland (6) v Denmark
Netherlands (3) v Austria

Second Round Singles Match Information
Northern Ireland v Denmark
Brendan Dolan v Jann Hoffmann
0-1 – Hoffmann opens the final with double ten to take the first leg.
1-1 – Dolan eventually levels, missing a host of chances before hitting double two.
2-1 – Double 16 from Dolan breaks throw.
2-2 – Hoffmann levels courtesy of double nine.
3-2 – Dolan misses the bull for a 161 finish, but has enough cushion to return and land double eight to regain the lead.
3-3 – Dolan sets up 48 for victory, but Hoffmann lands double ten to force a deciding leg.
3-4 – Dolan is first to a finish, but misses four darts at double top, ten and five and Hoffmann lands double three with his third dart to take the win.

Michael Mansell v Per Laursen
0-1 – Laursen misses double 18 for a 156 finish, but returns to hit double nine.
1-1 – Mansell takes the second leg to level.
2-1 – Laursen misses four darts for the leg, and Mansell steps in on double ten to break throw.
3-1 – Mansell wins his third successive leg by hitting double top.
4-1 – Mansell finishes 76 on tops to take victory and level the tie.
Northern Ireland 1-1 Denmark – the tie will be decided by the winner of Saturday afternoon’s Doubles game

Belgium v Sweden
Kim Huybrechts v Dennis Nilsson
1-0 – Nilsson misses double 16 to break and Huybrechts wins the opener.
1-1 – The Swede levels with a brilliant 140 checkout.
2-1 – Huybrechts hits a 171 score and lands double ten to edge back ahead.
3-1 – Huybrechts posts double nine to move a leg away from the win.
3-2 – The Belgian opens with a 180 but misses tops for the match, and Nilsson posts double ten to stay in the contest.
4-2 – Huybrechts opens a second successive leg with a maximum, and after scoring 40 on his second visit hits another 180 and lands double 16 to take the win.

Kurt Van De Rijck v Magnus Caris
0-1 – Caris hits tops to get Sweden off the mark.
0-2 – Caris doubles his lead by landing double eight, having wired the bull for a 164 checkout.
1-2 – Van De Rijck lands a 180 and gets himself into the game by landing double one.
1-3 – Caris hits tops at the third time of asking to move a leg away from the win.
2-3 – Van De Rijck lands tops to stay in the game, with Caris waiting on 100 for the match.
2-4 – Caris is first to a finish, and has enough cushion to miss a host of doubles before sealing the win on double one.
Belgium 1-1 Sweden – the tie will be decided by the winner of Saturday afternoon’s Doubles game

Australia v Republic of Ireland
Simon Whitlock v Mick McGowan
1-0 – Whitlock makes a solid start by taking the opening leg with his fourth dart at a double.
2-0 – Whitlock breaks throw in style, hitting a 180 to leave 57, which he takes out at the first time of asking.
2-1 – McGowan posts tops with his third dart to hit back.
3-1 – Double 16 for a 50 finish puts Whitlock a leg away from the game.
4-1 – McGowan opens with a 180 but Whitlock finishes 90 on tops to seal the win.

Paul Nicholson v William O’Connor
1-0 – O’Connor is first to a finish, but misses four darts at tops and Nicholson takes out 64 in two darts to lead.
2-0 – Nicholson extends his lead by hitting double 16 at the first time of asking.
3-0 – Nicholson misses double 16 and double eight to move three legs clear, but O’Connor is unable to finish 100 and he returns to hit double four.
4-0 – O’Connor opens with a 180, but misses double seven for an 86 finish and Nicholson pounces on double eight to seal a whitewash win.
Australia 2-0 Republic of Ireland – Republic of Ireland must win Doubles game to force a sudden-death leg to decide the winner.

Wales v Croatia
Mark Webster v Tonci Restovic
1-0 – Double 12 puts Webster into the lead.
2-0 – Restovic is unable to take out 135 and Webster doubles his cushion on double ten, following an earlier 180.
3-0 – Webster hits two more maximums in the third leg, and finishes double ten for a 14-darter to move a leg away from the win.
4-0 – Webster completes a comprehensive win by finish 80 on tops for a whitewash, with Restovic denied a dart at a double by his performance.

Richie Burnett v Boris Krcmar
1-0 – Burnett makes a brilliant start, hitting double ten for a 13-dart leg.
1-1 – Krcmar levels with double 19 for a superb 158 finish.
1-2 – Krcmar hits a 180, and when Burnett misses tops he lands double 18 with his third dart to break throw and lead.
2-2 – Burnett finishes 101 on double 16 to level the contest.
2-3 – Krcmar hits a 180 and lands double ten to move a leg away from an upset against the World Champion.
3-3 – Burnett finishes 62 in two darts to send the game into a decider.
4-3 – Burnett misses tops for a 120 finish, but when Krcmar fails to take out 142 he returns to hit tops and seal victory.
Wales 2-0 Croatia – Croatia must win Doubles game to force a sudden-death leg to decide the winner.

Germany v USA
Jyhan Artut v Gary Mawson
1-0 – Artut delights the home crowd by hitting double top to win the opening leg.
2-0 – Artut hits a 177 and finishes 64 in two darts to move two legs up.
2-1 – Mawson hits back with a 93 finish, ending on double 16.
3-1 – A crucial fourth leg goes the way of the German, who initially misses double 16 before Mawson is just off-target with double six for a 126 checkout to allow Artut back in on double eight.
3-2 – Mawson pulls back to within a leg by hitting double ten.
3-3 – Artut misses double top for a 116 finish and victory, and Mawson silences the home crowd by landing double 12 with his third dart to force a deciding leg.
4-3 – Artut is first to a finish, and posts double top at the first time of asking to take the win.

Bernd Roith v Darin Young
0-1 – Roith misses two darts to take the opening leg and Young finishes double ten.
0-2 – Tops from Young sees him double his lead.
0-3 – Young moves a leg away from victory on double five.
1-3 – Roith keeps his hopes alive by posting double top to get off the mark.
2-3 – Young misses four match darts and Roith steps in to win a second leg.
2-4 – Young finishes 76 in two darts to close out victory.
Germany 1-1 USA – the tie will be decided by the winner of Saturday afternoon’s Doubles game

Scotland v South Africa
Gary Anderson v Shawn Hogan
0-1 – Anderson is punished for five misses as Hogan wins the opening leg.
0-2 – Anderson misses two darts at double top and Hogan capitalises on double eight to move 2-0 up.
0-3 – Anderson opens with scores of 140 and 180, but misses the bull, double eight and double four and Hogan finishes 101 to move a leg away from a huge shock.
1-3 – Hogan hits a 180 but Anderson takes out 62 to get off the mark.
2-3 – Anderson lands a 180 in reply and finishes double eight to continue the fightback.
3-3 – Anderson fires in two 180s and levels on tops with a superb leg.
4-3 – Hogan misses double 12 for the match on a 138 checkout, and a relieved Anderson seals victory on tops.

Peter Wright v Devon Petersen
1-0 – Petersen hits a 180 but is left waiting on tops as Wright finishes double 16 for the opening leg.
1-1 – Petersen hits the double at the second time of asking to level.
2-1 – Wright edges back ahead by holding throw in the third, after Petersen missed a dart to break.
3-1 – Wright posts a 180 and hits double top to move a leg away from an impressive victory.
4-1 – Wright hits another maximum, and when Petersen is unable to land a second double top on a 100 combination the Scot hits the same bed to seal the win
Scotland 2-0 South Africa – South Africa must win Doubles game to force a sudden-death leg to decide the winner.

England v Canada
Phil Taylor v Ken MacNeil
0-1 – MacNeil finishes 111 to take the opening leg.
1-1 – Taylor hits back to level on double five.
2-1 – MacNeil misses a dart at tops, and Taylor hits double two to edge ahead.
2-2 – Taylor misses the bull for a 158 finish and MacNeil lands double 12 to win a second leg and square the game.
2-3 – Taylor misses the bull again, this time on an 87 checkout, and MacNeil posts tops to move a leg away from a huge upset.
3-3 – Taylor posts a 174 and, with MacNeil waiting on 32 for the match, finishes 68 on double 16 to send the game into a decider.
3-4 – The pair open with 140 scores but MacNeil is first to a finish, missing the bull for a 170 finish but returning – with Taylor waiting on 32 – to hit double 19 for a massive win.

Adrian Lewis v John Part
0-1 – Lewis misses two darts at double eight and Part steps in on tops to lead.
1-1 – Double 14 for Lewis levels the contest.
1-2 – Lewis hits a 180 to leave 73 but misses two darts at double eight, and Part steps in on double ten.
1-3 – Lewis misses double 16 for a 101 finish, and Part takes out 48 in two darts to move a leg away from the win.
2-3 – Lewis hits scores of 140, 180 and 145 before hitting double 18 for a 13-darter to stay in the game.
3-3 – Lewis opens the sixth with a 180 and finishes 76 for an 11-darter in forcing a deciding leg.
3-4 – Part makes the early running before Lewis hits a 140 to catch up – but the Canadian brilliantly finishes 140 on double ten for the match.
England 0-2 Canada – England must win Doubles game to force a sudden-death leg to decide the winner.

Netherlands v Austria
Raymond van Barneveld v Dietmar Burger
1-0 – Burger misses double ten and five to lead, and van Barneveld posts double 16 for the first leg.
1-1 – Burger levels with his second dart at a double.
1-2 – van Barneveld misses two darts to lead, and Burger posts double top to put himself ahead.
2-2 – Burger hits a 180, but van Barneveld lands a 174 score and finishes 76 on double eight to square the match.
2-3 – Burger hits double eight to take the fifth leg and move one away from the win.
3-3 – van Barneveld finishes 64 on double 16 to send the match into a decider.
4-3 – van Barneveld misses two darts at double eight, but Burger is unable to finish 76 and the Dutchman returns to hit double four.

Vincent van der Voort v Mensur Suljovic
0-1 – Suljovic finishes 75 to take the first leg.
1-1 – van der Voort levels at the first time of asking.
2-1 – van der Voort takes the lead with a superb 140 finish.
2-2 – Suljovic finishes 72 to square the contest.
2-3 – van der Voort misses the bull for an 80 finish, and Suljovic hits double seven to move a leg away from the win.
3-3 – Double 16 from the Dutchman sends the match into a decider.
3-4 – Suljovic posts 180 and finishes double ten for a 14-darter to take victory and level the tie.
Netherlands 1-1 Austria – the tie will be decided by the winner of Saturday afternoon’s Doubles game.

Source – PDC/Lawrence Lustig