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Day 3 HARROWS PRO TOUR HOBART

Day 3 of the Harrows Pro Tour continues in Hobart Tasmania
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HARROWS PRO TOUR DAY 2 HOBART

The Harrows Pro Tour continues Saturday at the Hobart Australian Italian Club, Stay tuned to Dartplayers Australia for all the latest news and results from Hobart

HARROWS PRO TOUR CONTINUES IN TASMANIA

The Harrows Pro Tour continues this Friday and all weekend at the Hobart Australian Italian Club
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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his 25th European Tour title

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed his 25th European Tour title and a fifth of the year as he defeated Adrian Lewis 8-3 in the final of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy.

The world number one backed up his Unibet Premier League and Betway World Cup of Darts titles with another triumph, making it four European Tour crowns in a row to continue his dominance in 2018.

The sixth staging of the tournament at the Victoria Stadium saw runner-up Lewis return to his best, but Van Gerwen was in unstoppable form in the final, averaging 108.13 as he picked up the £25,000 prize.

Van Gerwen hit an incredible tournament average of 104.37 as he saw off close friend Vincent van der Voort in Saturday evening's second round, before breezing past Andy Boulton, Jonny Clayton and Steve West to reach the final.

"For me to win a game like this gives me even more confidence, I'm really happy with my performance," said Van Gerwen, who has lost just one game on the European Tour this year.

"I think I played a phenomenal game in the final and I think I have earned my holiday, I want to relax now and re-charge my batteries for the events coming up.

"The crowd deserved a good performance from me and I am happy that I was able to play well all weekend.

"I had to play well in the final because I know what Adrian is capable of - he is always dangerous and is one of the best players in the world, and it's good to see him doing well again."
Lewis' impressive run to the final confirmed his re-emergence as one of the world's best players and was his best run in a European Tour event since his victory at the 2012 German Darts Masters.

The two-time World Champion whitewashed Gibraltar's Clayton Otton in Friday evening's first round, before seeing off Mensur Suljovic 6-3 to progress to the final day of action.

Lewis then hit an impressive 105.97 average as he edged past James Wade 6-5 into the quarter-finals where he beat Peter Wright 6-3, and then defeated Paul Nicholson in a 7-6 thriller to reach his third ranking final of the year.

"Obviously, I'm disappointed not to win but I think I performed well over the weekend," said Lewis.

"Fair play to Michael he gained confidence from me missing shots and that's why he's the world number one."
The Gibraltar event was also a significant one for Nicholson, who won through to his first PDC ranking semi-final in five years thanks to impressive wins over Antony Lopez, Dave Chisnall, Joe Cullen and Gerwyn Price.

The PDC European Tour continues from June 22-24 with the Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen, Denmark with coverage to be broadcast at PDCTV-HD and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.

2018 Gibraltar Darts Trophy
Friday June 8
First Round
Afternoon Session
Michael Barnard 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Darius Labanauskas 6-4 Jeffrey de Graaf
Brendan Dolan 6-4 James Wilson
Mike De Decker 6-5 Matt Padgett
Andy Boulton 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Hannes Schnier 6-2 Roy Asquez
Steve West 6-3 Toni Alcinas
Ross Smith 6-3 Jamie Lewis

Evening Session
Adam Huckvale 6-3 Richie Burnett
Cristo Reyes 6-5 Robert Thornton
Vincent van der Voort 6-3 Barrie Bates
Paul Nicholson 6-0 Antony Lopez
Max Hopp 6-0 Mark Dudbridge
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Tony Dawkins
Chris Dobey 6-2 Steve Lennon
Adrian Lewis 6-0 Clayton Otton

Saturday June 9
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Andy Boulton 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mike De Decker
Steve West 6-5 Darren Webster
James Wade 6-5 Ross Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Adam Huckvale
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Hannes Schnier
Max Hopp 6-4 Ian White
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Brendan Dolan

Evening Session
Joe Cullen 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 6-5 Cristo Reyes
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Chris Dobey 6-3 Mervyn King
Peter Wright 6-2 Michael Barnard

Sunday June 10
Afternoon Session
Third Round
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Andy Boulton
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Max Hopp
Steve West 6-1 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Joe Cullen
Adrian Lewis 6-5 James Wade
Peter Wright 6-1 Chris Dobey

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Steve West 6-5 Rob Cross
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Peter Wright

Semi-Finals
Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Steve West
Adrian Lewis 7-6 Paul Nicholson

Final
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 Adrian Lewis

Nix in winning form

A rejuvenated Paul Nicholson maintained his solid 2018 form as he battled to a 6-4 win over Dave Chisnall to make the final day of European Tour action for a second successive event where he will face Joe Cullen

ROB CROSS produced a stunning comeback to defeat Cristo Reyes 6-5 in the second round of the Gibraltar Darts Trophy on Saturday.
Spanish star Reyes raced into a 3-0 lead, including an impressive 12-dart leg, before reigning World Champion Cross pulled one back.
Reyes went into a commanding 4-1 lead, only for Cross to respond with a 12-darter of his own to keep himself in the contest.
The Spanish World Cup ace went within a leg of victory at 5-2, and then kicked off the eight leg with a 180, before Cross rallied to rattle off the final four legs and seal his place in the final day of action.
"I made it difficult for myself but I'm just glad to get the win," said Cross.

"I want to win my first European Tour title this weekend and I know I've got the game to do it, I've proved it before and I can do it again."
Cross will meet Simon Whitlock in the last 16 after the Australian recorded a comfortable 6-1 win over Adam Huckvale.

The second day of action at the Victoria Stadium also saw Adrian Lewis continue his up-turn in form with a 6-3 win over sixth seed Mensur Suljovic.
Two-time World Champion Lewis hit four 180s and a 122 checkout en route to a convincing victory to set up a clash with old foe James Wade.
Wade survived a scare earlier in the day as he won the final three legs of his game with Ross Smith to stay in the tournament, despite missing 17 darts at double over the course of the match.

Cullen hit a stunning 107.97 average as he cruised past Darius Labanauskas 6-1 to get the evening session off to a flying start.

Rapid-firing Dutch star Jermaine Wattimena dumped last year's Gibraltar Darts Trophy champion Michael Smith out of the tournament with an impressive 6-5 win, and he will now face Gerwyn Price.
Price wrapped up a 6-2 win over Belgian youngster Mike De Decker, while fellow-Welshman Jonny Clayton breezed through with a 6-0 win over Hannes Schnier and he will now meet German star Max Hopp, who was in fine form in his 6-4 win over Ian White.
World number one Michael van Gerwen hit a 107.86 average against close friend Vincent van der Voort, and he will now play Andy Boulton who saw off Stephen Bunting 6-4.

Daryl Gurney was victorious in the battle of the Northern Ireland World Cup of Darts stars, defeating Brendan Dolan 6-4 and he will face Steve West after he edged past Darren Webster 6-5.
Peter Wright rounded off the day's action with a 6-2 win over Challenge Tour Order of Merit leader Michael Barnard, and the Scot will meet Chris Dobey who posted a 6-3 triumph over Mervyn King.
Sunday will see the conclusion of the tournament, with eight round three games in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.
The Gibraltar Darts Trophy will be broadcast throughout the weekend for PDCTV-HD Subscribers, and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.
2018 Gibraltar Darts Trophy
Saturday June 9
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Andy Boulton 6-4 Stephen Bunting
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Mike De Decker
Steve West 6-5 Darren Webster
James Wade 6-5 Ross Smith
Simon Whitlock 6-1 Adam Huckvale
Jonny Clayton 6-0 Hannes Schnier
Max Hopp 6-4 Ian White
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Brendan Dolan

Evening Session
Joe Cullen 6-1 Darius Labanauskas
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 6-5 Cristo Reyes
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
Chris Dobey 6-3 Mervyn King
Peter Wright 6-2 Michael Barnard

Sunday June 10
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Third Round
Michael van Gerwen v Andy Boulton
Jonny Clayton v Max Hopp
Daryl Gurney v Steve West
Rob Cross v Simon Whitlock
Jermaine Wattimena v Gerwyn Price
Joe Cullen v Paul Nicholson
Adrian Lewis v James Wade
Peter Wright v Chris Dobey

Evening Session (7.15pm local time, 6.15pm BST)
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final
Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

DPA Releases details for 2019 Pro Tour Expansion

Dartplayers Australia is able to now release early details for the 2019 Harrows Australian Pro Tour expansion in line with the PDCs latest announcement for world championship qualification and prize money
 
24 events will take place across 6 quadruple events at a prize money value of $16000 per weekend or $4000 per event x 4
There will be one event Friday evening , 2 events Saturday and one event Sunday with formats for all 24 events to be announced in due course
Pro Tour Events will be held in the months of : February, March, April, May June and September dates to be announced
Cities and venues will be announced in due course but we can confirm Brisbane / Warilla / Melbourne and Hobart will be 4 definite starting cities
Each venue in 2019 will have a minimum of 16 playing boards for every event
World Series TV Qualifiers will be held in July and each event seeded from the DPA order of merit
Australasian Championships will be held in late October incorporating the Oceanic Masters with a mixture of DPA and DPNZ seeds (formats to be advised)
 
Tour Card reintroduction 2019
Dartplayers Australia will reintroduce its tour card system from 2019 onwards at a cost of $100 AUD per player for 12 months
Event entry fee will remain at $100 per weekend per player for 4 events
Event entry fee by tour card holders will be payable 4 weeks before commencement of every event or spot will be offered to Tour card guest(see below)
The first 96 players ranked in the 2018 pro tour order of merit will be offered a tour card on a first come first serve basis
Tour card acceptance for the first 96 ranked players will open on September 10 2018 and end on September 30 2018 before moving along in the rankings should anyone decline
16 further tour cards will be offered to ladies participating in the 2019 ladies order of merit if all 16 ladies will be playing in all 24 events ..Ladies tour card applications will be assessed individually by the board of Dartplayers Australia
Tour Card payments for 2019 will be in person at the Australasian championships or if not present at Warilla payable by November 10 2018
A further 16 guest spots will be offered to each city above however as non tour card holders entry will be $120 for weekend entry ..this will make up a maximum of 128 players per event..
 
Seeding
For the first time ever in our 17 years 23 events in 2019 will be seeded from the DPA master order of merit which will be updated daily following each event except Saturday double headers where the same seeds will stay in place across both events
The top 16 players will be seeded per board from 2019 onwards in both knockout and round robin events..Friday will remain knockout events with Saturday and Sunday events seeded round robins
The first event of the year will not be seeded with the second event being seeded from day 1 results through to event 24
 
Order of Merits
Dartplayers Australia will run a number of ranking tables for 2019
Main DPA order of merit across all events which will incorporate the Australian Mens Team Selection Including the boys youth side
DPA World series Order of merit Friday Evenings and Sunday events (12 events total) for positions in Live TV PDC Events
World youth championship qualification table across all events
DPA Ladies order of merit across all events which will incorporate the Australian Ladies team selection Including the girls youth side
 
A Full set of Rules and details will be released later in the year including rulings on seedings and tour card participation and absences
 
For those ranked in the top 32 of the main DPA Order of merit as of 6/6/2018 early tour card acceptance will  be available in Hobart
 

BDO takeover would have been a waste of money

PDC Chairman Barry Hearn admits he is “glad” the BDO declined the lucrative takeover offer he submitted almost a decade ago.

Hearn lodged a buyout offer of £1 million plus a further £1 million to be invested into grass roots darts in late 2009, but BDO county delegates instructed their governing body to reject the bid.

At the time, it was believed the BDO made an annual profit of just £16,000, while the PDC made an estimated £1m profit with a turnover of £9m.

Prize money in PDC events rose to a record £11.7m in 2017, almost five times the sum of 2006, while the 2018/19 World Championship will offer a huge £2.5m prize fund, with £500,000 on offer to the winner.

The BDO World Championship, for which a venue and TV deal are still be confirmed for 2019, offers a total prize fund of £339,000 and Hearn believes its 'professional' title should be removed.

"The sadness for me has always been that the Lakeside is being called the World Professional Darts Championship," said Hearn.

"I think that's disrespectful to punters.

"That's the only reason I tried to buy them really, I just wanted to make sure I owned that title!

"I was hearing some bad stories about last week [World Darts Trophy] that there were only 50 people in the crowd.

"I heard it was eight thousand pounds to the winner. I just don't know what you do.

"I'm just so glad I didn't give them two million quid because it would have been a terrible waste of money."

On Monday, it was announced that the PDC World Championship field is to be expanded from 72 to 96 players, including two guaranteed Ladies qualifiers.

The UK and Rest of the World Ladies' qualifying events, to be held later in the year, are open to all female players and Hearn hopes the opportunity will inspire more women to participate in the sport.

He added: "I still can't believe there's a reason why they're not good enough to be up there.

"The only thing I can come back to is, either lack of dedication on their part or lack of opportunity on our part.

"The critics will say it's an opportunity once a year, we've got the amateur circuit but we can't fast track because we have a system in place in the same way respected tours like golf do.

"There's Q School, and as harsh as it may sound, if you're not good enough, you don't deserve to be there."

Gayl King (2001) and Anastasia Dobromyslova (2009) are the only women to have competed in a PDC World Championship to date, while the PDC's inaugural Women's World Championship was won by Stacy Bromberg in 2010.

The two qualifiers are guaranteed at least £7,500 in prize money, rising to £15,000 if they reach the Second Round.

Currently, the BDO Women's World Champion receives £12,000 and the BDO are yet to confirm whether or not the two successful PDC qualifiers will be elible to compete in the BDO World Chmpionship.

Hearn admits that while the lure of a place at Ally Pally remains a one-off opportunity, he must maintain a level playing field and is unwilling to hand out any wildcards to compete on the main PDC tour.

"They've got to do it on a consistent basis and that's where they seem to have let themselves down," he added.

"Also, the truth is, how much do they want it?

"We find ourselves politically saying: "we should be more helpful" but we rely on women being willing to take that opportunity as well.

"You can't just give them a Tour Card because that's disrespectful to the men and kids that struggle.

"There's a lot of 16-22 year-olds on the Development Tour who could probably hold their own on the main tour already, which is fascinating.

"It has to be a level playing field for everybody and if people rise to the challenge and do it then good luck to them wherever they come from and whatever sex they are."

RECORD-BREAKING EXPANSION FOR WILLIAM HILL

THE biggest tournament in darts is to expand further as the William Hill World Championship grows to include 96 competitors and a record £2.5 million prize fund, including a huge £500,000 to the 2018/2019 champion.

In the biggest development for the tournament since its move to London's Alexandra Palace a decade ago, the World Championship will continue its remarkable growth both on and off the oche this year.

The sport's biggest event has seen 72 players in recent years competing in a festival of darts across the Christmas and New Year period, with live coverage on Sky Sports being broadcast worldwide.

The introduction of 24 further qualifiers will see the field increase to 96 competitors, with additional professionals joining an expanded group of international qualifiers which will include two female contenders.

Six additional sessions will be added to this year's schedule to accommodate the extra matches, providing greater opportunities for fans to see the World Championship live following the sell-out interest at Alexandra Palace in recent years and a 30 percent increase in Sky Sports’ live coverage to over 110 hours.

Title sponsors William Hill have also extended their commitment to darts' flagship tournament with a contract to further their support of the World Championship until 2022.

Tickets for the 2018/2019 World Championship will take place from December 13-January 1, will go on sale at the end of July, with 90,000 tickets to be available for fans.

"The William Hill World Darts Championship has become a phenomenon in worldwide sport given its incredible growth in recent years, but this announcement takes the tournament to a whole new level," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

"The backing of our sponsors William Hill and worldwide broadcasters led by Sky Sports has been matched by the incredible interest from fans who flock to Alexandra Palace every Christmas and watch around the globe.

"The World Championship has grown year-on-year in the decade since our move from the Circus Tavern to Alexandra Palace, which is the perfect home for such a prestigious event.

"Moving to 96 players will not only reward more players from our ProTour, with 32 qualifiers joining the world's top 32 players in securing places in the World Championship, but also gives us the opportunity to expand the international qualifiers.

"Our worldwide growth, in particular through our affiliated tours, has seen greater interest than ever for spots from around the globe as emerging players battle to compete on the biggest stage in darts.

"We also felt that it was important to guarantee two places for female players, which will go to qualifiers from the UK and Rest of the World.

“Combined with the leading professional talents in darts, rising stars from around the world and new faces who win through the qualifiers, this promises to be an incredible tournament and a feast of festive darts for fans either at Ally Pally or watching the tournament later this year.”

Grant Williams, Managing Director of William Hill Online, said: "We're delighted to extend our sponsorship of the World Darts Championship.

"We have a great relationship with Barry Hearn and his team at the PDC and we're thrilled to continue this partnership until at least 2022."

Female players will have the opportunity to compete later this year in a UK Qualifier or a Rest of the World Qualifier to claim their spot in the World Championship, where they could emulate previous competitors Gayl King and Anastasia Dobromyslova, with the news following on from Chinese qualifier Momo Zhou’s participation in last weekend’s World Cup of Darts.

The top four players from the 2018 PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit will also compete at Alexandra Palace, along with the leading two players from the PDC Unicorn Development Tour, PDC Nordic & Baltic rankings and the Order of Merit winners from the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour and DartPlayers Australia and EuroAsian Darts Corporation circuits.

In addition, the top ranked American player and top-ranked Canadian player from the Championship Darts Corporation will join the 2018 North American Championship winner in earning a spot at Alexandra Palace.

The World Youth Championship and DPA Oceanic Masters will join knockout events to be held in China, Japan, India, Africa, New Zealand, South America, Germany, Ireland and four qualifiers across Europe ahead of November’s PDPA Qualifier, which is the last chance for professionals to secure one of two places in the World Championship.

Those 32 international qualifiers will join the 32 ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers in the first round, with the 32 seeded players from the PDC Order of Merit joining the event in round two.

Tickets for the 2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship will go on Priority Sale to PDCTV-HD Annual Subscribers on Monday July 23 and on General Sale from Monday July 30. Hospitality Packages will go on sale from Tuesday July 31. Ticket information will be available at www.pdc.tv/tickets.

The PDC have also worked with official ticketing partners SeeTickets to ensure an ethical resale website will be available for fans who have tickets which genuinely cannot be used, with further details to be confirmed in due course.

2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship

Schedule of Play

Thursday December 13

Evening Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Friday December 14

Afternoon Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Evening Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Saturday December 15

Afternoon Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Evening Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Sunday December 16

Afternoon Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Evening Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Monday December 17

Evening Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Tuesday December 18

Afternoon Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Evening Session

2x First Round matches

2x Second Round matches

Wednesday December 19

Afternoon Session

3x First Round matches

1x Second Round match

Evening Session

4x Second Round matches

Thursday December 20

Afternoon Session

4x Second Round matches

Evening Session

4x Second Round matches

Friday December 21

Afternoon Session

4x Second Round matches

Evening Session

4x Second Round matches

Saturday December 22

Afternoon Session

3x Third Round matches

Evening Session

3x Third Round matches

Sunday December 23

Afternoon Session

3x Third Round matches

Evening Session

3x Third Round matches

Thursday December 27

Afternoon Session

3x Third Round matches

Evening Session

1x Third Round match

2x Fourth Round matches

Friday December 28

Afternoon Session

3x Fourth Round matches

Evening Session

3x Fourth Round Matches

Saturday December 29

Afternoon Session

2x Quarter-Finals

Evening Session

2x Quarter-Finals

Sunday December 30

Evening Session

Semi-Finals

Tuesday January 1

Evening Session

Final

Qualifiers

Top 32 from PDC Order of Merit

Top 32 from ProTour Order of Merit

Plus 32 International Qualifiers:

Two PDPA Qualifiers

2018 PDC Asian Tour Top Four

2018 PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion

2018 PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit top two

2018 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit winner

PDC Nordic & Baltic Top Two

EADC Champion

Oceanic Masters Champion

DPA Order of Merit Winner

DPNZ Qualifier

German Superleague Champion

Central Europe Qualifier

South Europe Qualifier

West Europe Qualifier

East Europe Qualifier

PDC China Qualifier

Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay Champion

North American Championship Winner

CDC Top Ranked American Player

CDC Top Ranked Canadian Player

PDJ Japanese Qualifier

African Qualifier

South American Qualifier

UK Ladies Qualifier

Rest of the World Ladies Qualifier

Indian Qualifier

DOMINANT DUTCH CLAIM FOURTH BETWAY WORLD CUP OF DARTS TITLE

THE Netherlands won the Betway World Cup of Darts for a record-equalling fourth time as Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld defeated Scotland's Gary Anderson and Peter Wright 3-1 in Sunday's final in Frankfurt.

The Dutch duo retained their crown in emphatic style, easing past Gibraltar and South Africa without losing a leg in the opening two rounds to make it through to the last day of action at the Eissporthalle.

Their title bid continued with a 2-0 quarter-final win over hosts Germany, before defeating Belgium 2-0 in the last four and then overcoming Scotland in the first final between the two nations.

"I think we played a phenomenal game through the whole tournament," said Van Gerwen.

“Any tournament you compete in you want to win, but playing alongside Raymond for our country makes it extra special.

"We did the right things at the right moments and that’s what made us champions."

Van Gerwen got the Netherlands off to a flying start in the opening game of the final, hitting finishes of 143 and 112 in his 4-2 win over Peter Wright to give the Dutchmen an early advantage.

Anderson wasted no time in levelling the tie, firing in five maximums en route to an emphatic 4-1 defeat of Van Barneveld to make it all-square going into the doubles.

The Dutch duo blew the Scots away 4-1 in the Doubles with another impressive display, featuring a magnificent 135 checkout from Van Barneveld, to put the reigning champions within a point of glory.

Van Gerwen sealed the title for the Netherlands with a 4-0 whitewash of Anderson, with the world number one posting a 111.33 average to retain the World Cup.

"Playing alongside the best player in the world is always a pleasure," said World Cup ever-present Van Barneveld.

"It was a tough game against Gary, he played amazing and hit five 180s and I didn’t have much time to recover for the doubles.

"I managed to get it together and we played a great doubles match to really get hold of the match, and then Michael finished the job for us. It feels amazing to win this title again."

Scotland’s run to the decider was their best finish in the tournament since 2015, as they saw off the United States of America, Brazil, Japan and Australia to reach their second final.

"It was a shame we came up short in the final, but I think we can be proud of how we played in the tournament," said Anderson.

“Maybe next year we can go one better, but fair play to Michael and Raymond - they deserved the win this time."

The Scottish pair suffered a shock first round exit at the hands of Singapore in last year’s event, but bounced back with a strong display this time around.

"I loved playing in front of this amazing crowd," said Wright. "It’s been fantastic playing alongside Gary, we’ve really enjoyed it.

"The trophy should’ve been ours but we’ll have to make sure we come back stronger next year and not make the same mistakes."

Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts and debutant Dimitri Van den Bergh lit up the stage in Frankfurt as they recorded a dramatic win over the Republic of Ireland in round one, before seeing off Finland and England to reach the semi-finals for a second consecutive year.

"It’s been an amazing experience,” said World Youth Champion Van den Bergh.

“Kim and myself gave it 100% all the way through, so I can’t be too disappointed that we didn’t make the final.

"It’s been another fantastic run in a big tournament for me, all my hours of practice are starting to pay off - but there is much more to come from me."

Fellow semi-finalists Australia, made up of Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson, produced strong performances throughout the tournament, defeating Hong Kong, Spain and Wales on their way to the final four.

Hosts Germany also enjoyed success in this year’s event, as Max Hopp and Martin Schindler beat Sweden in their opening game, and followed it up with a dramatic win over Northern Ireland to reach the last eight.

Despite the backing of their home crowd, they were unable to end the Netherlands' charge in the last eight, despite Schindler averaging 110 in his 4-1 Singles defeat to Van Gerwen.

"I’m very proud that we reached the quarter-finals again and I had a lot of fun on the stage and gained more experience,” said Schindler.

"The support of the German crowd was awesome. Playing in front of your home crowd is a huge advantage and we are very thankful for every German fan that came to the venue.

"Darts in Germany is growing and growing. I am happy to be part of it."

Japan’s Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu were the surprise package in the tournament, reaching their first quarter-final in five years, while last year’s finalists Wales also saw their bid for a first World Cup title end at the last eight stage.

Four-time winners England fielded a new-look pairing of Dave Chisnall and World Champion Rob Cross, but saw their challenge for a fifth title halted by Belgium in the quarter-finals.

2018 Betway World Cup of Darts
Sunday June 3
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
Scotland v Japan
Singles One: Peter Wright 4-0 Seigo Asada
Singles Two: Gary Anderson 4-0 Haruki Muramatsu
Doubles: Scotland v Japan - Not needed
Final Result: Scotland 2-0 Japan

Australia v Wales
Singles One: Simon Whitlock 4-2 Gerwyn Price
Singles Two: Kyle Anderson 0-4 Jonny Clayton
Doubles: Australia 4-1 Wales
Final Result: Australia 2-1 Wales

England v Belgium
Singles One: Kim Huybrechts 2-4 Rob Cross
Singles Two: Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-3 Dave Chisnall
Doubles: Belgium 4-0 England
Final Result: Belgium 2-1 England

Netherlands v Germany
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Martin Schindler
Singles Two: Raymond van Barneveld 4-0 Max Hopp
Doubles: Netherlands v Germany - Not needed
Final Result: Netherlands 2-0 Germany

Evening Session
Semi-Finals
Scotland v Australia
Singles One: Peter Wright 4-3 Simon Whitlock
Singles Two: Gary Anderson 3-4 Kyle Anderson
Doubles: Scotland 4-3 Australia
Final Result: Scotland 2-1 Australia

Netherlands v Belgium
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 4-2 Kim Huybrechts
Singles Two: Raymond van Barneveld 4-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Doubles: Netherlands v Belgium - Not needed
Final Result: Netherlands 2-0 Belgium

Final
Netherlands v Scotland
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 4-2 Peter Wright
Singles Two: Raymond van Barneveld 1-4 Gary Anderson
Doubles: Netherlands 4-1 Scotland
Singles Three: Michael van Gerwen 4-0 Gary Anderson
Singles Four: Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld - Not needed
Final Result: Netherlands 3-1 Scotland

FINALS DAY AFTERNOON SESSION

Australia battled their way to a 2-1 win over Wales thanks to some clinical double-hitting.
Simon Whitlock got off to a blistering start in his 4-2 win over Gerwyn Price in the opening game, firing in five 180s to give Australia the advantage.
Jonny Clayton hit back to keep Wales in the tournament with an impressive 4-0 whitewash of Kyle Anderson to take the match to a doubles decider.
Wales took the first leg in the Pairs, before Anderson hit a crucial double 18 with his last dart in hand to level.
Anderson continued hic clinical doubling, hitting three more winning doubles including a 121 on the bullseye to secure Australia’s place in the final four.
“We help each other out when we’re not at our best, we play as a team,” said Whitlock.
“It was nice to hit the 180s but the main thing is to get through to the next round and then go all the way.”

Scotland became the first team to book their place in the quarter-finals with a comfortable 2-0 win over surprise package Japan without dropping a single leg.
Peter Wright kicked off the afternoon session with a clinical 4-0 rout of Seigo Asada, hitting two bullseye finishes along the way.
Gary Anderson backed up Wright’s win with another whitewash, this time against Haruki Muramatsu as the two-time World Champion pinned a 110 finish en route to victory and set up a clash with Australia in the final four.
“It was pleasing to get the win in comfortable fashion,” said Wright.
“I was happy with my two bull finishes and hopefully I can throw a few more tonight and we can go all the way.”

The Netherlands silenced the Frankfurt crowd with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Germany in a repeat of last year’s quarter-final.
Michael van Gerwen had to be at his best as he defeated Martin Schindler 4-1 in the opener, despite the young German averaging 110.
Raymond van Barneveld sealed the deal for the Dutchmen with a 4-0 whitewash of Max Hopp to continue their quest for back-to-back World Cup titles.
“I think we played a phenomenal game and we’re happy to be through,” said Van Gerwen.
“The semi-final against Belgium will not be easy because their team is stronger than previously, Dimitri is a top player but we are very confident.”

Belgium produced a fine display to dump four-time winners England out of the tournament with a 2-1 win.
Rob Cross posted a world-class 107.48 average in the opening Singles game as he beat Kim Huybrechts 4-2 to put England in the driving seat.
Dimitri Van den Bergh struck back for Belgium, breaking the Dave Chisnall throw in the final leg to win 4-3 and force a Pairs game.
The Belgian pair produced a superb doubles display, limiting England to just one dart at double in the match to record a 4-0 whitewash and progress to their semi-finals for a second consecutive year where they will face the Netherlands.
“That was one of my best feelings in darts,” said Huybrechts.

2018 Betway World Cup Day Three

Australia overcame Spain 2-1 after a tense battle between the two sides went all the way to a deciding leg in the pairs.
The opening game saw Cristo Reyes edge out Simon Whitlock 4-2 in a see-saw battle thanks to his clinical finishing which saw him miss just two darts at double.
Kyle Anderson kept Australia in the tie with a convincing 4-1 win over Toni Alcinas, wrapping it up in style with a stunning 170 finish to force a deciding doubles match.
A titanic tussle between the pairs saw the tie all-square at 3-3, before Whitlock cleaned up a pivotal 70 checkout to seal the fourth seeds path into the quarter-finals where they will face Wales.
“It was a real battle and there were a few nerves on that stage at the end,” said Anderson.
“We came good at the end which is the main thing, but we know there is more to come from us.
“We’re feeling confident, ready and up for the Wales match and I think if we play our best game we can go even further this year.”

Fifth seeds Wales survived a scare from Switzerland to reach the quarter-finals for a second consecutive year with a 2-1 win.
Alex Fehlmann registered a shock 4-3 win over Gerwyn Price in the opening game of the afternoon, holding his nerve in a dramatic deciding leg after the Welshman missed three match darts.
Jonny Clayton levelled the tie for Wales with a 4-0 whitewash of Andy Bless in a clash between two World Cup debutants to take the match all the way.
The Swiss pair got off to a strong start in the doubles decider, taking the opening leg before running out of steam as Wales showed their class to run out 4-1 winners and book their place in the final day of action.
“We weren’t at our best today but a win is a win,” said Price.
“We put ourselves under a bit of pressure after I lost our first singles game, but Jonny got us out of trouble with his win.
“We found it tough getting out of the blocks in the doubles but we got there in the end and now we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
Scotland secured their passage into the business end of the tournament with a professional 2-0 win over Brazil.
Peter Wright put the Scots ahead in the tie as he eased to a comfortable 4-1 triumph over Diogo Portela in a repeat of their 2018 World Championship first round clash.
Gary Anderson finished the job for Scotland with a comfortable 4-0 whitewash of Bruno Rangel to set up a last eight clash with Japan.
“I was a bit shaky at the start and I was lucky that Diogo missed a few doubles,” said Wright.
“It was good to get the win and take the pressure off Gary because it could’ve turned out to be a tricky game.
“We’ve got to make sure we’ve got our heads on for the Japan game because they are improving every year.”
Japan reached their first quarter-final in five years with a convincing 2-0 win over Canada.
Seigo Asada’s heavy-scoring proved to be the difference as he edged past John Part 4-3, although the Canadian captain did miss one match dart before Japan took a 1-0 lead in the tie.
Muramatsu followed up Asada’s win with a solid display as he cruised past Dawson Murschell 4-0 to book Japan’s place in the last eight.
“It is a great feeling to reach the quarter-finals again and this time I want to go even further,” said Muramatsu.
“The fact that Seigo won his game first definitely took some of the pressure of me for my game."
The Betway World Cup of Darts will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and through the PDC's series of international broadcast partners, as well as via PDCTV-HD for International Pass subscribers. For ticket information, please visit www.pdc-europe.tv.
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2018 Betway World Cup of Darts
Saturday June 2
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1.30pm local time, 12.30pm BST)
Wales v Switzerland
Singles One: Gerwyn Price 3-4 Alexander Fehlmann
Singles Two: Jonny Clayton 4-0 Andreas Bless
Doubles: Wales 4-1 Switzerland
Final Result: Wales 2-1 Switzerland
Australia v Spain
Singles One: Simon Whitlock 2-4 Cristo Reyes
Singles Two: Kyle Anderson 4-1 Toni Alcinas
Doubles: Australia 4-3 Spain
Final Result: Australia 2-1 Spain
Japan v Canada
Singles One: Seigo Asada 4-3 John Part
Singles Two: Haruki Muramatsu 4-0 Dawson Murschell
Doubles: Asada/Muramatsu v Part/Murschell - Not needed
Final Result: Japan 2-0 Canada
Scotland v Brazil
Singles One: Peter Wright 4-1 Diogo Portela
Singles Two: Gary Anderson 4-0 Bruno Rangel
Doubles: Wright/Anderson v Portela/Rangel - Not needed
Final Result: Scotland 2-0 Brazil

BELGIUM SNATCH BETWAY WORLD CUP WIN AS DUTCH EASE THROUGH

BELGIUM SNATCH BETWAY WORLD CUP WIN AS DUTCH EASE THROUGH

BELGIUM produced an incredible fightback to beat the Republic of Ireland 5-4 in one of the greatest ever Betway World Cup of Darts matches in Frankfurt as the Netherlands and England opened their title challenges in style on Friday.

The 32-nation tournament continued at the Eissporthalle with the final eight first round games, as Kim Huybrechts and World Cup debutant Dimitri Van den Bergh found themselves trailing 3-0 after a blistering start from Irish pair William O'Connor and Steve Lennon.

Van den Bergh hit a crucial 130 checkout to pull it back to 4-3, and the seventh seeds then struck an 11-dart leg to break throw and take the tie all the way.

A high-quality last leg saw O’Connor fire in a 180, only for Van den Bergh to reply with a maximum of his own, before Huybrechts found double 18 with his third dart to set up a meeting with Finland in Saturday’s second round.

“I think it was an all-time classic World Cup game,” said Huybrechts.

“Before the draw was made we knew Ireland was one of the teams we wanted to avoid and they gave us a hard game as we knew they would.

“Obviously it’s different for me this year playing with Dimitri but he is one of the best players in the world – a future world star.

“If we can play to our best level then we’ve got a real chance of doing some damage here.”

Finland had earlier recorded their first win at a World Cup in five years with an impressive 5-1 win over Greece.

Marko Kantele and Kim Viljanen produced a solid display to see off the Greek pairing of John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis, and it was Kantele who sealed their passage into round two with a 112 checkout.

Sixth seeds Northern Ireland also produced a stunning fightback as they came from 4-2 down to beat Poland in a nine-leg thriller.

Polish pair Krzysztof Ratajski and Tytus Kanik more clinical on the doubles than Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan as they went within a leg of victory.

However, with the Polish duo waiting on a finish, Gurney stepped up to take out a 101 under immense pressure to book Northern Ireland’s place in round two, where they will have the chance to avenge last year’s first round defeat to hosts Germany.

“We kept on fighting to stay in the game and it was such a great feeling to take out the 101 at the end,” said Gurney.

“In the last leg I said to myself ‘if Brendan hits a 140 I will take out the 101’ and sure enough that’s what I did.

“In that situation you really don’t want to let down your partner but we got the win, and now we want to play better in the rest of the tournament and go a long way.”

Germany’s exciting young pairing of Max Hopp and Martin Schindler defeated Sweden 5-3 to book their place in Saturday’s action in front of a passionate home crowd.

Sweden’s Daniel Larsson and Dennis Nilsson played their way into a 3-2 lead before Germany rattled off the next three legs in quick succession, including a stunning 126 checkout from Schindler.

“To win in front of our home crowd is always very special,” said Hopp.

“I am so proud of Martin tonight, he hit some great shots and that 126 was really special.

“Of course, tomorrow Northern Ireland will want revenge for last year but we are confident that we will rise to the challenge again and go far in this event.”

England’s new-look pairing of Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall held off a Czech Republic fightback to record a 5-3 win.

The Englishmen took control of the game as they raced into a 4-1 lead, before Karel Sedláček and Roman Benecky won back-to-back legs to put the pressure on.

However, England struck an impressive 13-dart leg to seal victory and set up a last 16 clash with Singapore.

“I was a bit nervous but it's great to represent my country,” said Cross.

“It's weird, I've never played pairs before but it was a decent start and we'll be better for this now that I've had the experience of the stage and won the game.

“I feel really good at the minute and I'm enjoying this so far.”

Singapore stole the show in last year’s first round with a famous win over Scotland, and the legendary Paul Lim and partner Harith Lim enjoyed a 5-3 triumph over New Zealand in their opening game of the evening.

The Kiwi duo of Cody Harris and Warren Parry started well as they took an early 2-0 lead, before Singapore rattled off the next four legs to go within a leg of victory.

New Zealand pulled another one back, only for Paul Lim to take out 68 to seal Singapore’s place in the last 16 where they will look to replicate last year’s giant-killing exploits.

“Nobody likes to lose in the first round so we are delighted to be through,” said Paul Lim.

“We love it on that stage and I think we can do even better than we have done the last few years.

“I can’t wait to face England, I’m really looking forward to that match and hopefully we can play the same game we did against Scotland last year and cause another huge shock.”

Reigning champions Netherlands put down a statement of intent as they cruised to a 5-0 whitewash of Gibraltar.

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, playing together at a World Cup for a sixth successive year, were in relentless form as they recorded an impressive 102.95 average, the highest of the opening round.

Gibraltar duo Dyson Parody and Justin Broton were powerless to stop the onslaught from the Netherlands, and the Dutch duo will now face South Africa in Saturday’s second round.

“I don’t think we can complain at all with how we played,” said Van Gerwen.

“It was a phenomenal performance from both of us which we can build on going into the next round.

“Whichever team you play you need to give it 100% and that’s what we will be doing for the rest of the tournament and hopefully we will win it again.”

South Africa battled their way to a 5-3 win over Hungary as they reached the last 16 for a second consecutive year.

World Cup stalwart Devon Petersen had debutant Liam O’Brien to thank for a 160 checkout and the all-important winning double to see off Hungarian pair Tamás Alexits and Nándor Bezzeg.

“Winning ugly or winning beautifully is still winning,” said Petersen.

“Liam did brilliantly well to perform on the PDC stage for the first time, and it goes to show how many quality players we have in South Africa.

“We’ve got the opportunity now to do some real damage in this tournament and put South African darts on the map.”

Saturday's second round sees the remaining 16 nations in action across two sessions at the Eissporthalle, with the format including a mixture of Singles and Doubles matches.

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2018 Betway World Cup of Darts
Schedule of Play
Friday June 1
First Round
Singapore 5-3 New Zealand
Finland 5-1 Greece
Northern Ireland 5-4 Poland
South Africa 5-3 Hungary
Belgium 5-4 Republic of Ireland
England 5-3 Czech Republic
Germany 5-3 Sweden
Netherlands 5-0 Gibraltar

Saturday June 2
Afternoon Session (1.30pm local time, 12.30 UK time)
Second Round
Wales v Switzerland
Australia v Spain
Japan v Canada
Scotland v Brazil

Evening Session (7pm local time, 6pm UK time)
Second Round
Belgium v Finland
England v Singapore
Northern Ireland v Germany
Netherlands v South Africa

Format: The Second Round will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play. In the event of both nations winning one Singles match apiece, a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match will be played to decide the tie

AUSTRALIA THROUGH ROUND ONE

Australia produced a no-nonsense display as they cruised past Hong Kong 5-1.

Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson, flying the flag for Australia for a third consecutive year, proved too strong for Royden Lam and Ho-Yin Shek as they set up a clash with Spain in round two.

“Tonight was a good start to our campaign but it is just a start,” said Anderson.

“When it all comes together we are capable of playing even better than that we did tonight and hopefully we will see that in the business end of the tournament.
“The next round will be a different kettle of fish against Spain, Cristo and Toni are well capable of giving us a close game.

JAPAN stole the show on the opening night of the 2018 Betway World Cup of Darts as they dumped out eighth seeds Austria in a 5-4 thriller in Frankfurt.

The 32-nation tournament opened at the Eissporthalle with the opening eight first round games on Thursday night, as Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu produced an impressive 92.74 average to see off world number six Mensur Suljovic and his partner Zoran Lerchbacher.

Asada, making his World Cup debut, fired in four 180s as Japan raced into a 3-1 lead thanks to two 14-dart legs and a 13-dart leg.

Japan went within a leg of victory at 4-2 before Suljovic led the Austria fightback to take the nail-biting match to a last-leg decider.

Austria produced a maximum with their first visit in the final leg before Asada replied with a 180 of his own, and then found double 10 to seal a famous win for Japan and set up a clash with Canada in round two.

Scotland produced a strong display in their 5-1 triumph over the United States of America 5-1 to banish the memories of their defeat to Singapore at the same stage last year.

Gary Anderson, making his seventh World Cup appearance, and Peter Wright produced a clinical display to deny the American pairing of Larry Butler and Darin Young and will now meet Brazil in the last 16.

Despite hitting the highest average of the night (94.66), Anderson believes there is much more to come from the Scottish pair.

“Even though we hit a decent average we never played well, but that shows we must be a strong team,” said Anderson.

Last year’s finalists Wales overcame a tough test from Thailand as they recorded a battling 5-3 win to set up a clash with Switzerland in the second round.

Jonny Clayton, making his World Cup debut, and Premier League Darts star Gerwyn Price found themselves tied at 3-3 before showing their class by rattling off the final two legs, including an impressive 108 checkout

Elsewhere, Canada’s John Part and Dawson Murschell got their campaign off to a winning start with an emphatic 5-1 triumph over Italy.

Brazilian pair Diogo Portela and Bruno Rangel cruised past Denmark 5-1, Switzerland’s Alex Fehlmann and Andy Bless battled to a 5-2 win over China, while Spain’s Cristo Reyes and Toni Alcinas fought back to snatch a 5-4 victory over Russia.

NATIONS SET FOR BETWAY WORLD CUP OF DARTS AS DUTCH DEFEND TITLE

THE 2018 Betway World Cup of Darts begins on Thursday, with the Netherlands bidding to retain their title in the 32-nation Pairs tournament which is being held across four days at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt.

The £300,000 tournament will see a combination of Doubles and Singles matches played as nations do battle for the title, which was won by the Netherlands’ Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld last June.

That win was the Netherlands’ third in seven stagings of the event, with four-time winners England the only other champions so far.

Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld will team up again in Germany as they bid to retain the title, with sponsors Betway making the number three seeds Evens favourites to lift the trophy ahead of their first round clash with Gibraltar’s Dyson Parody and Justin Broton on Friday.

"It would be very nice to win this title again and give the Dutch fans something to cheer about," said Van Gerwen.

"It's different for us and I always enjoy playing with Raymond, and we're aiming to win again. I live for winning trophies and that's my goal this week.

“We have had some great performances and done quite well over the years but we really want to improve our record by defending our title.”

England will be represented by a new-look line-up of World Champion Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall, and enter the tournament as 5/1 third favourites with Betway ahead of their round one tie with Czech Republic on Friday.

"It's a massive honour and I can't wait to represent my country - it's not something you get to do very often so it means a lot," said Cross.

"It's a completely different tournament for me too with it being a pairs format, but I'm excited about teaming up with Dave.

"England have done well in the past so there's something to live up to, but we'll do our best this weekend. I'm buzzing."

Scotland, who were finalists in 2015, will be represented by Gary Anderson and Peter Wright, and come into the tournament as 11/4 second favourites with Betway.

However, having been knocked out by Singapore in the first round 12 months ago, the Scots are wary ahead of their first round match against the United States of America in Thursday’s opening night.

“It means the world to me to represent my country,” said Wright.

“It’s a totally different kind of pressure, it’s intense because you’re not just playing for yourself.

“We need to make sure we’ve got our heads switched on for the first round against the USA, then hopefully we can win that and go a long way in the tournament.”

Thursday’s opening night also sees 2012 finalists Australia, represented by Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson, face Hong Kong.

Last year’s runners-up Wales will be represented by Gerwyn Price and World Cup debutant Jonny Clayton, and they will take on Thailand on the opening night.

Momo Zhou will become the first woman to represent China on a PDC stage as she partners Xiaochen Zong in their opening round game with Switzerland.

The tournament’s opening match will see Canada’s World Cup ever-present John Part team up with debutant Dawson Murschell as they take on Italy.

Three-time World Champion Part is hoping to continue his renaissance having reached the quarter-finals of the UK Open earlier in the year.

“Every time I represent my country I want to give it my very best shot,” said Part.

“Dawson and myself are at opposite ends of our careers but we have similar styles and if we’re both firing we’re capable of upsetting anybody.

“I would like to play as well as I did a couple of years ago when we reached the quarter-finals, I’m 100% now and feel like I can rise to the occasion again.”

Host nation Germany will once again be made up of exciting young duo Max Hopp and Martin Schindler, and they will meet Sweden as the first round concludes on Friday night.

German Darts Masters finalist and World Youth Champion Dimitri Van den Bergh will also be making his World Cup debut for Belgium alongside Kim Huybrechts, who will be represent his country for the sixth time at the event in their opening game against the Republic of Ireland.

The Betway World Cup of Darts continues with the second round split across two sessions on Saturday June 2, with the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon and the semi-finals and final on Sunday evening.

Coverage is live on Sky Sports and through the PDC's series of international broadcast partners, as well as via PDCTV-HD for International Pass subscribers. For ticket information, please visit www.pdc-europe.tv.

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2018 Betway World Cup of Darts
Schedule of Play
Thursday May 31 (7pm local time, 6pm BST)
First Round
Italy v Canada
Russia v Spain
Switzerland v China
Denmark v Brazil
Wales v Thailand
Australia v Hong Kong
Scotland v United States of America
Austria v Japan

Friday June 1 (7pm local time, 6pm BST)
First Round
New Zealand v Singapore
Greece v Finland
Northern Ireland v Poland
Hungary v South Africa
Belgium v Republic of Ireland
England v Czech Republic
Sweden v Germany
Netherlands v Gibraltar

Saturday June 2
Afternoon Session (1.30pm local time, 12.30pm BST)
Second Round
Wales/Thailand v Switzerland/China
Australia/Hong Kong v Russia/Spain
Austria/Japan v Italy/Canada
Scotland/USA v Denmark/Brazil

Evening Session (7pm local time, 6pm BST)
Second Round
Belgium/Republic of Ireland v Greece/Finland
England/Czech Republic v New Zealand/Singapore
Northern Ireland/Poland v Sweden/Germany
Netherlands/Gibraltar v Hungary/South Africa

Sunday June 3
Afternoon Session (1pm local time, 12pm BST)
Quarter-Finals

Evening Session (7pm local time, 6pm BST)
Semi-Finals
Final

Competing Nations
Seeded Nations
1 Scotland - Peter Wright & Gary Anderson
2 England - Rob Cross & Dave Chisnall
3 Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld
4 Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
5 Wales - Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
6 Northern Ireland - Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
7 Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh
8 Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher

Other Nations
Brazil - Diogo Portela & Bruno Rangel
Canada - John Part & Dawson Murschell
China - Momo Zhou & Xiaochen Zong
Czech Republic - Roman Benecky & Karel Sedlacek
Denmark - Per Laursen & Henrik Primdal
Finland - Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
Germany - Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Justin Broton
Greece - John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
Hong Kong - Royden Lam & Ho Yin Shek
Hungary - Tamas Alexits & Nandor Bezzeg
Italy - Michel Furlani & Alessio Medaina
Japan - Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu
New Zealand - Cody Harris & Warren Parry
Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
Republic of Ireland - Steve Lennon & William O'Connor
Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin
Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa - Devon Petersen & Liam O'Brien
Spain - Cristo Reyes & Toni Alcinas
Sweden - Daniel Larsson & Dennis Nilsson
Switzerland – Alexander Fehlmann & Andreas Bless
Thailand - Thanawat Gaweenuntavong & Attapol Eupakaree
United States of America - Larry Butler & Darin Young

Prize Fund
Winners (Per Player) £30,000
Runner-Up (Per Player) £16,000
Semi-Finalists (Per Player) £10,000
Quarter-Finalists (Per Player) £7,000
Second Round Losers (Per Player) £4,000
First Round Losers (Per Player) £1,500
Total £300,000

Format
First Round
Best of nine legs Doubles

Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals
The Second Round, Quarter-Finals & Semi-Finals will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play. In the event of both nations winning one Singles match apiece, a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match will be played to decide the tie.

Final
The Final will be played as two best of seven leg 501 Singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play the first two matches, followed by a best of seven leg 501 Doubles match and then Reverse Singles matches. The first team to win three games is declared the winner.

SUPER SULJOVIC'S GERMAN DARTS MASTERS GLORY

MENSUR SULJOVIC overcame Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-2 to claim glory in the German Darts Masters in front of a record-breaking 20,000 fans at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Friday.

The Austrian star claimed only the second televised title of his career as he claimed glory on the PDC World Series of Darts circuit for a first time.

Both Suljovic and Van den Bergh had battled through the 16-player field to reach the final on a bumper day in front of a world record crowd, before the Champions League of Darts winner took the £20,000 title.

Suljovic followed up his 6-2 first round victory over Robert Marijanovic with a narrow 8-7 quarter-final defeat of World Champion Rob Cross.

He then swept past reigning champion Peter Wright with an 8-2 semi-final triumph and maintained that dominant form throughout the decider with Van den Bergh.

Finishes of 109 and 100 gave Suljovic an immediate lead in the final, with Van den Bergh taking the third leg before the Austrian followed an 80 checkout with finishes of 13 and 11 darts to lead 5-1.

Double 16 saw Van den Bergh hit back in leg seven, but Suljovic posted a fifth 180 of the final in an 11-darter to move 6-2 up.

Double eight moved Suljovic to the brink of glory, and he sealed the title with a 76 finish ending, typically, on his favourite double 16.

"It's a great feeling for me and I'm really happy," said Suljovic. "Dimitri is a brilliant player and it was a long day, but I did well.

"The crowd was brilliant and to win this tournament makes me so happy. People have been playing really well against me recently but I had a good feeling and it was a great day."

Van den Bergh enjoyed the most memorable run of his emerging career on a superb day of darts, which began with a 109.98 average in a brilliant 6-0 whitewash of Martin Schindler.

He then defeated Michael van Gerwen for the first time with an 8-3 quarter-final triumph, before claiming a maiden defeat of Gary Anderson in the semi-finals by following finishes of 111 and 124 with an 11-darter in their deciding leg.

"It's one of the best days of my life, it's unbelievable," said Van den Bergh. "I have to thank the PDC and the crowd and I'm thankful to have been in the final.

"I've learned a lot and it means so much to me. It's a huge step for me and I'll keep believing. What I've shown today is all the things I've been working in and I'm happy with the result.

"Winning against Michael and Gary is something I've been dreaming of, but these things happen when you keep believing."

Anderson overcame emerging German Gabriel Clemens and World Championship semi-finalist Jamie Lewis on his way to the last four, while Wright defeated Dragutin Horvat and Raymond van Barneveld on the day.

Van Gerwen overcame top-ranked German Max Hopp 6-4 in the first round, with Van Barneveld whitewashing Manfred Bilderl, Cross being a 6-4 winner over Stefan Stoyke and Lewis coming from 3-0 down to edge past Nico Kurz.

The one-day tournament had seen the Veltins Arena turned into a "Darts Music Arena", which included a performance from German stars Culcha Candela as part of the day's entertainment.

The German Darts Masters was the first of six global events being held on the PDC's World Series of Darts circuit this year.

The second U.S. Darts Masters will be held in Las Vegas in July as the World Series of Darts returns to action, before heading to Shanghai to complete a double-header.

August then sees tournaments being held in Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane before the season-ending World Series of Darts Finals see the stars compete in Vienna in November. For tickets, see www.pdc.tv/tickets.

2018 German Darts Masters
First Round
Raymond van Barneveld 6-0 Manfred Bilderl
Jamie Lewis 6-5 Nico Kurz
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Robert Marijanovic
Gary Anderson 6-2 Gabriel Clemens
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-0 Martin Schindler
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Max Hopp
Peter Wright 6-1 Dragutin Horvat
Rob Cross 6-4 Stefan Stoyke

Quarter-Finals
Gary Anderson 8-6 Jamie Lewis
Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-3 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 8-7 Raymond van Barneveld
Mensur Suljovic 8-7 Rob Cross

Semi-Finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh 8-7 Gary Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 8-2 Peter Wright

Final
Mensur Suljovic 8-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh

DAY 2 HARROWS PRO TOUR

The Harrows Pro tour continues today at the Brooks Hotel Brisbane
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PRO TOUR CONTINUES IN BRISBANE

The harrows Pro tour continues Friday and all this weekend at the Brook Hotel Brisbane
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ERIC BRISTOW HONOURED

THE late Eric Bristow MBE is to be honoured by the PDC with the naming of the Bwin Grand Slam of Darts trophy in memory of the five-time World Champion.

The legendary darts star passed away on April 5 2018, aged 60, having enjoyed a remarkable career in the sport.

A five-time World Champion from 1980-1986, Bristow was also a five-time World Masters winner and one of the game's most recognisable stars.

He later helped to form the PDC, and went on to become a TV pundit and spotter on Sky Sports' coverage of PDC events and starred in ITV's "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!" show in 2012.

A member of the PDC Hall of Fame, Bristow will now be remembered at the cross-code Grand Slam of Darts, with this year's players competing to win The Eric Bristow Trophy.

"Eric's achievements marked him out as the greatest player of his generation and he'll be remembered forever as the original superstar of darts," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

"He was a character who transcended the sport and was known worldwide, and so many sports fans worldwide have fond memories of Eric.

"As such, we felt that it was fitting to introduce The Eric Bristow Trophy, which will be presented to the winner of the Bwin Grand Slam of Darts from 2018 onwards.

"Whilst Eric played an integral role in the creation of the PDC, the most successful period of his career came in the BDO and, as the only cross-code tournament in darts, we feel this is the most appropriate way to honour his contribution to the sport."

Bristow becomes the third legend of the sport to see their achievements recognised with the naming of a trophy, following Sid Waddell (William Hill World Darts Championship) and Phil Taylor (BetVictor World Matchplay).

Zhou Heads List of World Cup Qualifiers

MOMO ZHOU will become the first woman to represent China on a PDC stage at the 2018 Betway World Cup of Darts as seven further nations confirm their teams for the forthcoming event.
Zhou, who won the World Cup China qualifier, will team up with runner-up Xiaochen Zong as the tournament takes place at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt from May 31 – June 3.
The 26-year-old will become the second female player to appear at the World Cup of Darts, after Anastasia Dobromyslova represented Russia at the 2010 tournament.
Zhou and 20-year-old Zong – a World Championship qualifier last year - both hail from the same home town of Dandong in Liaoning Province, and the pair will be looking to improve on China’s first round exit last year
China will be joined by four other Asian countries at the World Cup, all of which have now confirmed their pairings to play at the event following the second weekend of the 2018 PDC Asian Tour.
Japan will be represented by World Cup ever-present Haruki Muramatsu and Seigo Asada, who won through to the 2018 World Championship first round before losing to eventual winner Rob Cross.
Darts legend Paul Lim will once again team up with Harith Lim as Singapore aim to better their run to the quarter-finals of last year’s tournament, which included a sensational win over Scottish pairing Gary Anderson and Peter Wright.
Thailand’s line-up will also have a familiar look as Thanawat Gaweenuntavong and Attapol Eupakaree will bid to improve on their first round defeat to Greece at last year’s event.
Recognisable Hong Kong star Royden Lam will appear in his fifth consecutive World Cup alongside debutant Ho Yin Shek.
Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong’s pairings were chosen from the highest two ranked players on the Asian Tour Order of Merit following the four events held so far in 2018 on the new PDC-affiliated circuit.
Meanwhile, Larry Butler and Darin Young will be the American team, after finishing as the top two players on a two-year Championship Darts Corporation ranking list.
Former World Matchplay champion Butler had been the runaway leader, with Young overtaking DJ Sayre on Sunday by progressing one round further in the final CDC event before the USA team was confirmed.
Russia will once again be represented by Boris Koltsov and Aleksandr Oreshkin after qualifying from a two-year EADC Order of Merit, and will be bidding to emulate last year’s run to the quarter-finals thanks to wins over Hong Kong and Australia.
The 2018 Betway World Cup of Darts will see 32 nations represented by two-player teams as they compete from May 31-June 3 at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, and will be televised live on Sky Sports and worldwide through the PDC's series of international broadcast partners.
For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets
Betway World Cup of Darts
Competing Nations:
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil - Diogo Portela & Bruno Rangel
Canada
China - Momo Zhou & Xiaochen Zong
Czech Republic - Roman Benecky & Karel Sedlacek
Denmark - Per Laursen & Henrik Primdal
England
Finland - Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Hong Kong - Royden Lam & Ho Yin Shek
Hungary - Tamas Alexits & Nandor Bezzeg
Italy - Michel Furlani & Alessio Medaina
Japan - Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu
Netherlands
New Zealand - Cody Harris & Warren Parry
Northern Ireland
Poland
Republic of Ireland
Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin
Scotland
Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa - Devon Petersen & Liam O'Brien
Spain
Sweden - Daniel Larsson & Dennis Nilsson
Switzerland
Thailand - Thanawat Gaweenuntavong & Attapol Eupakaree
United States of America - Larry Butler & Darin Young
Wales

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