Posted on February 4th, 2013
Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis retained the Betfair World Cup of Darts title with a 3-1 defeat of Belgian brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts in Hamburg on Sunday night.
The England duo repeated their success in the 24-nation event of 12 months ago by flirting with disaster, as South Africa and Wales missed darts to knock them out and Japan pushed them all the way, before claiming glory in the final.
The Huybrechts brothers had won through to the final in an emotional tribute to their father Ludo, who passed away suddenly in December, but were unable to take the £40,000 title as Taylor and Lewis found top form.
With Kim Huybrechts having missed double 12 for a nine-darter in their semi-final win over Finland, Lewis matched that by wiring the same double in his Singles victory over Ronny Huybrechts, as he averaged 105.75 in his best performance of the weekend.
Taylor, meanwhile, defeated both brothers by dropping only one leg to mean that Kim’s superb 4-0 whitewash of Lewis in their Singles tie came in vain as the English duo retained their crown.
“It’s been a tough weekend and we scraped through a couple of games but the difference was that the people who had chances against us didn’t take them and we did. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 4th, 2013
Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis remain on course to retain their Betfair World Cup of Darts title despite a scare against Japan on Sunday afternoon, as Belgium, Finland and Wales joined them in the semi-finals in Hamburg.
The English defending champions found themselves in danger of crashing out of the £150,000 event despite a superb individual performance from Taylor, who averaged 107.83 in his 4-1 Singles victory over Haruki Muramatsu.
Japan’s Sho Katsumi then defeated Lewis 4-3 in their Singles tie to force a decisive Doubles contest, which the Japanese pair then led 2-0 to threaten a huge upset.
Taylor, though, took out 84 and 160 to level for England before they won the next two legs to move into the last four.
“It was a tough game so we’re obviously relieved to be through because Japan played very well and you can see how their confidence has grown throughout the weekend,” admitted Taylor.
“We’re in the semis now and we know what we have to do to lift the title tonight. Playing Wales, who we know a bit better, makes it easier because we know the size of the task.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 3rd, 2013
Five Seeded Nations get Dumped Out in the Last 16
2010 champions Netherlands were among the five seeded teams to be knocked out of the Betfair World Cup of Darts in a night of shocks in Hamburg on Saturday, but reigning champions England narrowly made it through to the quarter-finals with a tight 5-4 win against South Africa.
An amazing night of Last 16 action at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg saw unseeded nations Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Japan and Finland all take victory over more experienced opposition with some thrilling displays.
Finland’s Jani Haavisto and Jarkko Komula produced the performances of their careers as they knocked out the Netherlands’ Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 5-3.
The Finns won four of their legs in 14 darts or less, and hit seven perfect darts in one leg as they searched for the first Doubles nine-darter.
While that achievement went begging, the pair held their nerve as the Netherlands threatened a fightback from 4-2 down, with Komula landing double ten to put the Finns into the last eight. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 2nd, 2013
Defending Champions England romped into the Last 16 of the Betfair World Cup of Darts with a 5-2 win over Austria on Saturday afternoon, and are joined in the knockout stage by big guns Australia, Netherlands and host nation Germany.
England represented by World No.1 & 2 Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis- who now meet South Africa – are joined in progressing from Group A by Japan, who had been whitewashed by the reigning champions on Friday but saw their win over Austria in the opening fixture prove crucial.
“We’re trying to send a message to the other teams and this was a good performance,” said Taylor, who averaged 113 on his throw in the game.
“There’s a lot of pressure on us because we’re representing our country and we’re the reigning champions but we’re working well together so far. It’s a great tournament, very different to the other events where it’s only Singles games, and it’s exciting to play South Africa tonight.”
The Netherlands, the 2010 champions, whitewashed Gibraltar in their second Group E game as they topped Group E to progress alongside Poland, with Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld missing 14 darts at doubles but still progressing with ease to set up a clash with Finland.
“We can still improve but we felt better as a team in this game than we did against Poland,” said van Gerwen. “Our scoring was better but the finishing wasn’t as good against Gibraltar, so we know we’ll have to tighten that up.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 2nd, 2013
Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis made a superb start to England’s defence of the Betfair World Cup of Darts title with a whitewash of Japan on Friday night, as Australia and the Netherlands enjoyed strong opening wins in Hamburg.
Taylor and Lewis, who overcame Australians Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson in a sudden-death leg to win the 24-nation event 12 months ago, made easier work of their opening group game in this year’s tournament.
Japan’s Haruki Muramatsu and Sho Katsumi had defeated Austria 5-4 earlier in the day, but were no match for the world’s top two as Taylor and Lewis romped to victory without dropping a leg.
The margin of victory ensures England’s place in the knockout last 16, with Austria’s Mensur Suljovic and Maik Langendorf needing to defeat Taylor and Lewis in Saturday afternoon’s final group game if they are to knock out Japan and progress.
“It was a good way to start the event because we were very relaxed and we got a fantastic reception from the crowd, and we enjoyed it,” said Taylor.
“The Japanese played very well but we’re the defending champions and the other teams know they have to come out and beat us, so we can relax a little. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on January 31st, 2013
Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis begin their bid to retain the Betfair World Cup of Darts title in Hamburg on Friday – but their challengers for the title will include 2010 champions Holland, last year’s finalists Australia and Belgian brothers Kim and Ronny Huybrechts.
The Englan team pairing of Taylor and Lewis defeated Australians Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson in a dramatic sudden-death leg to win the title last year, with both teams missing chances for victory in a tense finale in Hamburg.
The two nations could potentially meet again in this year’s decider should they progress through three days of action at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, which begins with the opening Group Stage games on Friday.
With the 24 teams drawn into eight groups for the first round of the event, the unseeded nations will clash on Friday afternoon before the winning teams meet the seeded nation on Friday night.
The seeded nations will then play Friday afternoon’s losing teams on Saturday afternoon in the decisive group games, before the top two countries from each group progress to the knockout phase of the £150,000 event.
Taylor and Lewis have been drawn in Group A with Austria and Japan, and start the event as the 6/4 tournament favourites with sponsors Betfair – and Lewis, who hit last year’s winning double, is confident of retaining the title. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on January 22nd, 2013
Italy replace Philippines in Betfair World Cup of Darts
The Philippines team have withdrawn from the Betfair World Cup of Darts, and will be replaced by Italy for the event in Hamburg from February 1-3.
The pairing of Lourence Ilagan and Christian Perez have pulled out of the three-day, £150,000 event due to travel problems.
Their place in the Group Stage draw will be take by Italy’s Daniele Petri and Matteo Dal Monte.
The duo will take the Philippines’ place in Group D alongside Wales and Spain for the Group Stage of the tournament, which begins on Friday February 1 at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg.
The tournament begins with a round-robin Group Stage, which will be played on Friday afternoon and evening and in Saturday’s afternoon session. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 6th, 2012
ENGLAND’S Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis took Cash Converters World Cup of Darts glory on Sunday night, defeating Australia’s Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson in a sudden-death leg in the final at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg.
Taylor had been a second round loser alongside James Wade in the inaugural World Cup of Darts in 2010, but made amends by sweeping past Australia alongside World Champion Lewis to claim the £40,000 first prize.
The Australians had enjoyed a superb tournament in Germany, defeating Ireland, Belgium and reigning champions Netherlands, but lost the first three Singles games in the final.
Taylor defeated Nicholson 7-4 to take the opener before Lewis edged out Whitlock 7-5 to put England 2-0 up.
Taylor then averaged almost 106 in a brilliant 7-6 win over Whitlock – which saw him come from 3-0 down to take victory despite missing 19 darts at a double – but Nicholson edged out Lewis 7-4 to keep Australian hopes alive. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 5th, 2012
ENGLISH pair Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis scraped past America’s Darin Young and Gary Mawson to reach the Cash Converters World Cup of Darts semi-finals on Saturday night, and are joined in the last four in Hamburg by Australia, Wales and reigning champions Netherlands.
Taylor lost his Singles game with Mawson 4-3 before Lewis edged out Young by the same scoreline in a dramatic second clash, before the World Champion helped to secure a 4-2 victory in their Doubles contest.
“It was an ugly win but you won’t be 100 percent in every game and we scraped through,” admitted Taylor.
“Maybe we’re trying too hard and sometimes you’re pushing your darts, but we’ll have a good night’s rest now.”
They will face Wales in the semi-finals, and Taylor added: “We can relax a little bit on Sunday and it will suit us more. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 5th, 2012
ENGLAND and South Africa both won sudden-death legs to win through to the quarter-finals of the Cash Converters World Cup of Darts on Saturday afternoon at Hamburg’s Alsterdorfer Stadthalle.
The English pair of Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis made amends for their defeats to Ken MacNeil and John Part respectively in Friday night’s Singles games with a 5-3 win over Canada in their Doubles contest.
That meant the tie was drawn 2-2 to force a sudden-death leg, which Lewis won on double four to put England into the last eight.
“It was a difficult game and we’re relieved to be through after what happened on Friday night,” admitted Lewis. “I probably felt a bit more pressure putting the England shirt on but I’m loving it!”
Taylor admitted: “Last night was disappointing but we’re trying our socks off and really want to win this title, as do everyone else in the last eight.
“People wouldn’t have expected South Africa to beat Scotland but this shows what it means to the players representing their country. Adrian and I can feel the pressure and it’s nerve-wracking, but great fun.”
The South African pairing of Devon Petersen and Shawn Hogan performed brilliantly to overturn a 2-0 deficit in their tie with Scotland and a 3-1 scoreline during the Doubles contest with Gary Anderson and Peter Wright. Read the rest of this entry »
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