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 December 17th, 2011
PHIL TAYLOR avoided a scare from Japan’s Haruki Muramatsu as he began his bid for glory at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship on Friday night, as Wes Newton, Justin Pipe and Co Stompe joined him in the second round.
The 34-year-old from Iwate shared the first two legs but missed his chance to lead with one stray dart at tops in the third, as Taylor recovered to take two successive legs for the first set.
The Japanese ace then led in the next two sets, but Taylor – who was cheered on by Chelsea footballer Michael Essien – was too strong to secure victory with a 99.98 average as he set up a secound round clash with either Mark Dudbridge or Dave Chisnall after Christmas.
“It’s a relief to get that out of the way,” admitted Taylor. “He’s a good player and put me under a little bit of pressure and I had to keep my concentration and make sure I did the job. Read the rest of this entry »
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