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DAY 4 WORLD SERIES OF DARTS

Day 4 and the Final Day of the World Series of Darts Quaifiers concludes today at the Warilla Bowls and recreational club Warilla NSW
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World Series of Darts Oceanic Qualifiers 2019 Finalised

Melbourne
The World Series of Darts Oceanic legs entrants concluded over the weekend at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club as three positions in Melbourne and Brisbane and the final position for Hamilton were filled.
Robbie King, Tim Pusey and Mick Lacey took out qualification for the Melbourne Darts Masters.
Former multiple World Youth Championship entrant Robbie King will make his debut on the World Series stage at the Melbourne Darts Masters after defeating Raymond O’Donnell (an entrant for Melbourne 2018) 6-1 in the final of qualifier one.
“I am super stoked to have qualified. I have been trying to qualify for a number of years now so to make it is amazing.”
King has had to take time off to fight some personal battles but this year has seen him make a very successful return to the oche, this result coming off the back of success on the Harrows DPA Pro Tour.
“I am looking forward to having a crack at the big boys. Having had a year off I have come back really excited this year and this is an amazing feeling. I have enjoyed some success this season and I am ready for the challenge of the big stage.”
He will be joined in the event by Team Misfits team mate Tim Pusey who qualified for back to back Melbourne Darts Masters after defeating Koha Kokiri 6-2 in the final of the second qualification event. For Pusey it was a return to the form that put him in the upper echelons of the Pro Tour last year.
“I can’t wait. I did not want to stop playing last year and had a pretty rough start this year so this is a feeling I can’t explain, I can’t put it into words.”
Pusey played in all three World Series events downunder last year so feels that he will be more prepared this time around.
“I know what to expect this time around and I will put a lot more practice in. This is a real buzz and I am already looking forward to being back on the big stage in Melbourne.”
The final position went to Team Rebel’s Mick Lacey as the Lone Wolf defeated Koha Kokiri 6-3 in the last qualifying final. Lacey’s consistency throughout the season had been impressive and it was a great confirmation of the ability that he possesses at the oche.
“For me this has been years in the making and a culmination of the success I have had this year.”
He was particularly pleased to be able to support his support network.
“This is a great achievement but more so it is a reward more for my wife, kids and parents. My parents have been involved in darts for years and my whole family have been a great support for my career. I am glad they now get to see me on the big stage. All the members of Team Rebel have been a great support as well and I am just over the moon to have this opportunity to reward all those who have got me here.”
The full field in Melbourne consists of Kyle Anderson, James Bailey, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta, Robbie King, Mick Lacey, Haupai Puha, and Tim Pusey on the local side. The PDC side of the draw consists of Gary Anderson, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, and Peter Wright.
Brisbane
Haupai Puha, Koha Kokiri and Brendon McCausland have secured the final positions at the Brisbane Darts Masters.
The opening qualifier for the Brisbane Darts Masters was won by Haupai Puha who won the Final 6-4 over David Platt to qualify for his third World Series event for 2019 (having already qualified for Melbourne and Hamilton.)
Puha had just come off success in the World Cup with Cody Harris for Team NZ and victory in DPNZ qualifiers so was pleased such a long period away from home was over.
“It has not sunk in yet. I came over here to do the business and I have done it. It has been a long month in darts for me so to qualify for my third event is exciting.”
Puha’s aim is to help encourage the next generation of darts players in New Zealand to get involved in the sport.
“Hopefully this inspires other young Kiwi darts players to reach for their goals. I look forward to playing such prestigious events.”
The second qualifier for Brisbane was won by Puha’s Team Kiwi DPNZ DPA compatriot Koha Kokiri. Kokiri had shaken off his loss in the final of the Melbourne qualifier earlier in the day to take down 2018 World Youth Championship entrant Ryan Lynch by six legs to two.
For Kokiri it is the fourth time on the World Series stage having played at the Perth Darts Masters in 2016 and 2017 and the Melbourne Darts Masters in its inaugural event (2017.)
“I am excited to be back on the big stage once more. It has been a very busy day for me but to win tonight after the disappointment of earlier in the day is brilliant.”
“I wont change anything from what I have done in the past on the big stage because I know I have the game to be able to compete.”
The last spot was taken up by Team Misfits’ Brendon McCausland, who defeated team mate Tim Pusey in the final qualifier by six legs to three.
For McCausland it capped up off a meteoric return to the game.
“I came back into the game this year and aimed to qualify for TV so I have achieved my ambition. I am looking forward to being able to take my dad to the event and let him watch me against the overseas professionals as he loves the game as much as I do.”
He has strong ties with Australia’s number one player, and is looking forward to perhaps getting drawn against him in Brisbane.
“It would be a buzz to play Simon Whitlock at the event as we have a long history as playing and practice partners. “
The full field in Brisbane consists of Kyle Anderson, James Bailey, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta, Koha Kokiri, Brendon McCausland, Haupai Puha, and Ben Robb on the local side. The PDC side of the draw consists of Gary Anderson, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, Mick Lacey, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, and Peter Wright.

Darts Masters Glory For Aspinall

NATHAN ASPINALL completed a dream World Series debut with glory in the Dafabet US Darts Masters at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Friday, defeating Michael Smith 8-4 in a superb final.

Aspinall has enjoyed an incredible six months to establish himself amongst the sport's top stars with a run to the World Championship semi-finals and a maiden TV title at the UK Open in March.

Those successes earned the 27-year-old a place in his first World Series event in Las Vegas, and he scooped the £20,000 title to conclude a brilliant day at the Mandalay Bay.

Aspinall followed up Thursday's first round win over Shawn Brenneman with a fine 8-5 quarter-final victory against world number two Rob Cross.

He then edged out Peter Wright 8-7 in a tight semi-final - hitting back from two legs behind on three occasions, landing finishes of 161 and 126, before surviving a missed match dart from the Scot in the deciding leg.

Aspinall then saved his best performance for the final, where he overcame Smith in a fast-paced and heavy-scoring contest with a 107 average.

He won the opening leg with a brilliant ten-dart finish, and landed two 180s in the second only to see Smith take out 130 to level.

The next two were also shared before Aspinall finished 70 and 120 to move 4-2 up as he maintained an average of over 111.

Smith took out 118 and 87 to level at four-all, but Aspinall edged the ninth leg on double 18 and pulled clear with checkouts of 85 and 80 and then landed tops to seal a sensational triumph.

"It's absolutely fantastic for me," said Aspinall. "I played really well in the semis but the way I started in the final was superb.

"I've never had a performance like that on stage and to do it in the final, I'm a very happy man.

"Growing up you want to play in front of the biggest crowds in the biggest arenas in the best countries. The UK Open was massive for me and I wanted to make a good show of myself coming to Las Vegas - it was the top seven players in the world and me!

"To come out on top and win the whole thing is brilliant. I'm enjoying life, loving my darts and reaping the rewards for the hard work I've been putting in.

"I've had an incredible time in Vegas. The crowd were on my side from the start and gave me brilliant support - and hopefully I'll be here next year to defend my title."

Smith opened Friday's quarter-finals with an 8-6 victory over World Champion Michael van Gerwen and then hit top gear to average 102 in his 8-4 semi-final defeat of Gerwyn Price.

He had been bidding to follow up last July's Shanghai Darts Masters triumph with a second World Series title, but was overpowered by Aspinall's super-show in the decider.

"It's nice to have reached the final but Nathan was too good there," said Smith. "I was chasing it from the start.

"Nathan played really well but I got myself back into it at four-all and that was my chance. Then my first dart started dropping low and I was chasing trebles.

"I played well against Gerwyn Price in the semi-finals and it was nice to get the win there. I've reached the World Championship final, the semi-finals of the UK Open and the final in Las Vegas, so it's not too bad."

Price had booked his semi-final spot with a high-quality 8-6 win over reigning US Darts Masters champion Gary Anderson as they met for the first time since the 2018 Grand Slam of Darts final.

Wright came from 5-2 down to defeat Daryl Gurney 8-6 in their last eight contest, but agonisingly missed his chance to reach the final.

The World Series of Darts will continue next weekend with the year's second international event, as the German Darts Masters takes place at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. For tickets, visit www.eventim.de.

Dafabet US Darts Masters
Friday July 5
Quarter-Finals
Michael Smith 8-6 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 8-6 Gary Anderson
Nathan Aspinall 8-5 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 8-6 Daryl Gurney

Semi-Finals
Michael Smith 8-4 Gerwyn Price
Nathan Aspinall 8-7 Peter Wright

Final
Nathan Aspinall 8-4 Michael Smith

Round-Up
Quarter-Finals
Michael Smith knocked out World Champion Michael van Gerwen with an 8-6 success in the opening quarter-final at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Smith capitalised on a slow start from the world number one to lead 2-0 and 3-1, with van Gerwen hitting back to level after eight legs before taking out 100 and 90 to move ahead for the first time at 6-4.

Smith, though, finished double top and 78 to draw level and then fired in double six to regain the edge at 7-6, before securing his place in the last four with a 128 checkout.

The victory was Smith's first over Van Gerwen since the Shanghai Darts Masters last July, when he went on to take the title, as he punished Van Gerwen for a below-par scoring display and 12 missed doubles.

Gerwyn Price ended Gary Anderson's title defence with an 8-6 win in a high-quality contest as the pair met for the first time since last year's Grand Slam of Darts final.

Price opened with legs of 12 and 13 darts, with Anderson hitting back to level before the Welshman fired in successive 13-dart legs to move 4-2 up.

Anderson again levelled, landing six perfect darts in a 12-darter in leg eight before moving ahead for the first time at 5-4 with a 13-darter of his own.

Price replied in kind to win leg ten, before a fine 106 combination from Anderson moved him 6-5 up as he maintained his fine finishing form with 75 percent on his doubles.

However, Price again hit back to take leg 12, and then punished five misses from the Scot in a key 13th by landing double nine to move ahead, before sealing victory on tops in the next.

Nathan Aspinall's World Series debut continued with a superb 8-5 win over 2018 US Darts Masters finalist Rob Cross, as the Stockport ace averaged over 100 to reach the semi-finals.

An outstanding start saw Aspinall lead 3-0 by taking out finishes of 12, 13 and 12 darts, and he also led 4-2 before Cross produced a superb three-leg burst of his own to move 5-4 up.

Aspinall, though, found double five to level in leg ten and then produced a huge ten-dart leg as he regained the lead at 6-5.

Double 16 moved the UK Open champion to the brink of victory, and he capitalised on six missed doubles from Cross in the next to ensure his last four spot.

Peter Wright booked his place in the US Darts Masters semi-finals with a fine comeback to defeat Daryl Gurney 8-6 in the last of the quarter-final contests.

Northern Irish ace Gurney produced a superb four-leg burst from 2-1 down to move 5-2 up, landing two 13-darters and a 112 finish along the way.

An 11-darter, which featured six perfect darts, from Wright saw him kick-start his challenge, before finishes of 93 and 80 hepled him to move 6-5 up with four straight legs.

Gurney levelled in leg 12, but Wright hit tops to regain the edge before punishing six missed doubles from his rival to complete the win on double 18.

Semi-Finals
Michael Smith powered into the US Darts Masters final with a fine 8-4 win over Gerwyn Price, averaging almost 102 and hitting five 180s in a strong performance.

An 11-darter from Smith opened the contest before he moved two legs up, and he maintained that advantage as the pair traded the next five legs.

Three successive legs from Smith saw him move out to 7-3, and though Price responded in leg 11, the World Championship finalist took out a 14-darter to book his spot in the final.

Nathan Aspinall booked a spot in the US Darts Masters on his World Series of Darts debut with a gutsy 8-7 win over Peter Wright, who missed one match dart in a dramatic deciding leg.

Wright led 2-0 before Aspinall hit back to level after six legs with a stunning 161 checkout, only to see the Scot take the next two to restore his cushion.

Aspinall replied with a 126 finish and levelled at six-all, but missed the bull to finish 86 as Wright moved a leg away from victory at 7-6.

Double ten saw Aspinall force a decider, only for the UK Open champion to miss two match darts at tops - but when Wright was unable to hit the same target he returned to seal a place in the final against Michael Smith.

WORLD SERIES OF DARTS QUALIFIER

The PDC World Series of darts Qualifiers continues this weekend at the Warilla Bowls and recreation Club
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WORLD SERIES OF DARTS Qualifiers Melb and Brisbane 1

Robbie King has qualified for his debut in the World Series of Darts with a 6-1 victory over Raymond O’Donnell in the Final of Melbourne Qualifier One at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club on the south coast of NSW.
The quarter finals had seen three of the matches going to deciding legs with David Platt, Raymond O’Donnell, and Robbie King overcoming Koha Kokiri, Tim Pusey and Willy Kimura respectively. The final quarter final was almost as close as Mick Lacey defeated Ryan Lynch 5-3.
The first semi final saw Ray O’Donnell take the opening four games, including a 12 darter in the second leg. David Platt then broke the O’Donnell throw before holding his own to move back within two legs of parity. It was all too late though as O’Donnell held his throw to win the match 5-2. The other semi final saw King win his opening leg in 13 darts. He and Mick Lacey then exchanged legs before King broke Lacey’s throw with another 13 dart leg. Each player then held throw until the end of the match, and thus King walked away with a 5-3 victory.
The final was a one way affair as King won five legs straight, including two 14 dart legs, at the beginning of the match until O’Donnell held his throw in the sixth leg. Normal service resumed in the next leg as King took it out to win the final and qualify for his first ever World Series of Darts event, having come so close to qualification in the past.
King was delighted after qualifying, “I am super stoked to have qualified. I have been trying to qualify for a number of years now so to make it is amazing. I am looking forward to having a crack at the big boys. Having had a year off I have come back really excited this year and this is an amazing feeling. I have enjoyed some success this season and I am ready for the challenge of the big stage.”
Brisbane Qualification 1
The afternoon saw qualifying for the Brisbane Darts Masters begin. In the final Haupai Puha defeated David Platt 6-4 to complete a trifecta of qualifications across the three oceanic World Series of Darts event.
The quarter finals had seen Puha take out Tasmanian Brad Thorp 5-3. Raymond O’Donnell defeated Youth World Championship bound Tremaine Gallagher by the same score. In an all WA shoot out Koha Kokiri was defeated by David Platt 5-1, whilst fellow World Youth Championship entrant was more successful as Jamie Rundle defeated Melbourne World Series of Darts qualifier from earlier in the day, Robbie King, 5-3.
The semi finals saw Kiwi World Cup star Puha whitewash O’Donnell 5-0, securing 11 and 13 dart legs, a 114 check out in leg two and an average of 107.4. The other semi final saw David Platt and Jamie Rundle win their opening legs (in 12 and 15 darts respectively.) Rundle then failed to take his chances in the next two legs as Platt moved to a 4-1 lead. Rundle then picked up a leg on throw before Platt closed out the game in the seventh leg.
The final saw Platt take an early 2-0 lead before Puha won successive games to tie the match back up. Platt then converted his own throw before taking out 58 to break his opponent, Puha having been unsuccessful at converting 84. Platt missed a double 11 to take a 5-2 lead in the final and instead watched as at his next visit Puha moved back to within a leg of his opponent. Puha then held throw before a 13 dart leg saw him take the lead for the first time in the match. He then checked out a 97 to win the match and complete qualification for the Brisbane Darts Masters.
Puha was reflective post match, after a huge six weeks in his dart career. “It has not sunk in yet. I came over here to do the business and I have done it. It has been a long month in darts for me so to qualify for my third event is exciting. Hopefully this inspires other young Kiwi darts players to reach for their goals

WORLD SERIES OF DARTS Qualifiers Melb 2

Melbourne Qualification 2
Tim Pusey qualified for his second successive Melbourne Darts Masters with a 6-2 win in the final of qualification two, joining his team Misfits team mate Robbie King at the tournament.
The quarter finals of this event had seen Koha Kokiri defeat Brad Thorp, who had made his second quarter final in successive events, whilst Mick Lacey of Team Rebel defeated Steve Powell. Tahuna Irwin was defeated by a resurgent Barry Jouannet Junior and in an all West Australian affair Tim Pusey progressed past Anton Soc.
The first semi final saw Kokiri hold throw before he broke the throw of Lacey having watched his opponent miss converting tops on the previous visit. Lacey then broke straight back in 13 darts and held throw to move the match back into equity. Each player then held throw until the eighth leg where Lacey was aiming to hold throw. He missed a double 16 for the leg and Kokiri took his chance on the next leg, thereby winning the match five legs to three.
The second semi final saw Tim Pusey win the opening four legs, progressively getting better each leg, before Jouannet Junior could hold throw. It was all too little too late as Pusey held his throw in the next leg, although he made hard work of it, needing four darts from 28.
In the final Pusey took an early lead in the first leg with a maximum on his second visit and a double nine to break the Kokiri throw. Both players held throw across the next five legs to move the scoreline to 4-2 in Pusey’s favour. The seventh leg saw Kokiri fail to convert 48 on throw and Pusey checked out a ton for his second break of the match. In the next leg Kokiri failed to convert 92 with nine darts and Pusey came from a long way back to throw double 16 for the match. Pusey had lost just five legs across the whole of this event.
In what has been a difficult season for Pusey, this was a clear highlight. “I can’t wait. I did not want to stop playing last year and had a pretty rough start this year so this is a feeling I can’t explain, I can’t put it into words. I will be more comfortable this time around, I know what to do and what happens. This time around I will put a lot more practice in and look forward to being back on the big stage in Melbourne.”
Brisbane Qualification 2
Koha Kokiri put the disappointment of losing the final earlier in the day to qualify for the Brisbane Darts Masters by defeating young star Ryan Lynch in the final of the second qualification event. The Team Kiwi DPNZ DPA player won the match by six legs to two.
In the quarter finals former World Youth Championship player Ryan Lynch took an early 3-1 lead against Mick Lacey before the Team Rebel man took two legs in succession. Lynch held throw and then broke for a 5-3 win. Koha Kokiri also moved to a 3-1 lead over Brad Thorp as did Robbie King over Brendon McCausland. Kokiri extended his lead to 4-1 but McCausland moved back to parity at 3 all in his match. Kokiri went on to win 5-1 whilst King took out his match in a deciding leg. The fourth quarter final was all even after four legs between Raymond O’Donnell and John Bunyard in an all NSW resident affair. O’Donnell then won three legs on the trot to qualify for the semi finals.
The first semi final saw Koha Kokiri play Raymond O’Donnell. Kokiri broke his opponent and then held throw to take an early two leg lead. Both players then held throw before a 13 dart leg put Kokiri further in front. O’Donnell then put some concern in his opponent by breaking him in the sixth leg but Kokiri then had three 140 visits in a row to open the next leg and eventually won the leg, taking the match five legs to two.
The second semi final was a match up between Robbie King and Ryan Lynch. King broke Lynch in the first leg of the match but then took the break straight back. King broke for a second time to regain the lead only for Lynch to again get the match back on parity. This time Lynch held throw to move 3-2 up before both players held throw. In the eighth game Lynch broke King for a third time to take the match out 5-3.
In the final Kokiri once again broke his opponent in the opening leg and then held throw, Lynch unable to check out 112 for the leg. A double 18 gave Lynch his first leg, the third of the match. Kokiri then was unable to convert 78 and with two darts Lynch made the most of his attempt at 56 to move the match back into parity after four legs. Lynch then produced a poor leg on throw and Kokiri was able to break once again to move back into the lead. A 131 opening visit on throw gave Kokiri the impetus in the next leg and he quickly built on the opening to win the leg comprehensively and regain a two leg lead. A 100 check out against the throw meant Kokiri moved one leg away from victory and he opened with the same score on his next two visits in the eighth leg. A 99 check out was enough to put Kokiri into the Brisbane Darts Masters.
Kokiri was pleased to have put the loss earlier in the day behind him and get back on the World Series of Darts stage for the fourth time. “I am excited to be back on the big stage once more. It has been a very busy day for me but to win tonight after the disappointment of earlier in the day is brilliant. I wont change anything from what I have done in the past on the big stage because I know I have the game to be able to compete

DAY 2 WORLD SERIES OF DARTS QUALIFIERS

Day 2 of the World Series of Darts qualifiers continues at Warilla NSW
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DAFABET US DARTS MASTERS

GARY ANDERSON will begin his defence of the Dafabet US Darts Masters title against Elliot Milk on Thursday, while Michael van Gerwen will face Darin Young in their opener at the Mandalay Bay.

The PDC World Series of Darts event begins on Thursday (1200 local time, 2000 BST) with the first round as eight top PDC stars face the eight North American Qualifiers.

Scottish ace Anderson had taken glory in last year's event, defeating Rob Cross in the final, and will play South Dakota's Milk in round one.

Cross, the world number two, has drawn American qualifier Leonard Gates, while World Champion Van Gerwen - the 2017 US Darts Masters winner - will play top US star Darin Young.

Number three seed Daryl Gurney plays Guam-born Daniel Baggish, while World Championship finalist Michael Smith drew Canada's Jim Long, who competed in the World Cup of Darts recently.

World Series debutant Nathan Aspinall, the 2019 UK Open champion, has drawn Canada's Shawn Brenneman, while Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price plays former UK Open finalist Gary Mawson.

The first round's other tie sees reigning Melbourne Darts Masters champion Peter Wright play Canada's Jeff Smith.

Smith will later defend his Dafabet North American Championship in Thursday's evening session, where he has drawn Mawson in round one.

Young will face Long, Gates drew Brenneman and Baggish opens the event against Milk, with the event playing down to a winner on Thursday at Mandalay Bay.

The winner of the North American Championship will receive a $10,000 top prize alongside a place in the 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship.

The Dafabet US Darts Masters will enjoy worldwide TV coverage, including through DAZN in the USA, Canada and Brazil as well as ITV4 in the UK.

The Dafabet North American Championship will be available for UK viewers through PDCTV-HD at video.pdc.tv and through the OfficialPDC Facebook page, as well as through other worldwide broadcast partners.

2019 Dafabet US Darts Masters
Draw Bracket
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Darin Young
Michael Smith v Jim Long
(4) Gary Anderson v Elliot Milk
Gerwyn Price v Gary Mawson
(2) Rob Cross v Leonard Gates
Nathan Aspinall v Shawn Brenneman
(3) Daryl Gurney v Daniel Baggish
Peter Wright v Jeff Smith

2019 Dafabet North American Championship
Draw Bracket
Daniel Baggish v Elliot Milk
Leonard Gates v Shawn Brenneman
Darin Young v Jim Long
Gary Mawson v Jeff Smith

Dafabet US Darts Masters First Round
Thursday July 4 (1200 local time)
Gerwyn Price v Gary Mawson
Nathan Aspinall v Shawn Brenneman
Daryl Gurney v Daniel Baggish
Michael Smith v Jim Long
Rob Cross v Leonard Gates
Gary Anderson v Elliot Milk
Peter Wright v Jeff Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Darin Young
All games best of 11 legs

2019 Dafabet North American Championship
Thursday July 4 (1800 local time)
Quarter-Finals
Daniel Baggish v Elliot Milk
Leonard Gates v Shawn Brenneman
Darin Young v Jim Long
Gary Mawson v Jeff Smith

Semi-Finals
Baggish/Milk v Gates/Brenneman
Young/Long v Mawson/Smith

Final
v
All games best of 11 legs

2019 Dafabet US Darts Masters
Friday July 5 (1200 local time)
Quarter-Finals
Semi-Finals
Final
All games best of 15 legs

WORLD SERIES OF DARTS QUALIFIERS

The World Series of Darts Qualifiers commences shortly at the home of the DPA, the Warilla Bowls and recreation Club, Warilla, New South Wales
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Hughes Wins Czech Darts Open

JAMIE HUGHES won his first senior PDC title at the inaugural Czech Darts Open in Prague on Sunday, securing a Betfred World Matchplay debut in the process.

Having won his PDC Tour Card for the first time in January, Hughes took just five months to taste success on the PDC stage, defeating Stephen Bunting 8-3 in the final at the PVA Expo.

The win also secures a maiden appearance at the World Matchplay for a resilient Hughes, who plied his trade on the PDC Challenge Tour in 2018 having failed to win a Tour Card at his first attempt.

"It's an amazing feeling to win my first title, I've worked so hard for this moment," said Hughes, who defeated Devon Petersen, Adrian Lewis, Ron Meulenkamp, Ian White and Simon Whitlock to reach the final.

"I've been playing well for a while now, better than I played this weekend strangely enough, and now I've finally got the results to show for it.

"To make the World Matchplay so soon is fantastic for me and now I can't wait to show the world what I'm about on one of the biggest stages in world darts."

The final of the ninth European Tour event of 2019 was played out by two European Tour final debutants, and it was Bunting who struck first with a break of throw in the opening leg after nervy missed darts at double from Hughes.

Bunting produced an incredible dart through to a blocked bullseye for a 95 checkout to take a 3-1 lead, but that was as good as it got for the world number 18 as Hughes reeled off the next seven legs without reply.

A clinical 83 checkout saw Hughes take the lead for the first time at 4-3, before the biggest moment of the match came in the following leg with Hughes taking out 120 for a double break of throw.

From there, it was Hughes' turn to punish Bunting's missed darts at double as Hughes rattled off the final three legs to become the fifth different winner on the 2019 European Tour and seal the £25,000 top prize.

A winner of two ProTour events in 2014 and 2016, Bunting came close to his first PDC stage title having claimed impressive victories over Peter Wright and Daryl Gurney on his way to the final.

"I am proud of my achievements this weekend, even winning just one game I would've taken positives from," said Bunting.

"It shows progress that I've reached my first European Tour final, hopefully it will be the first of many, and I can take my good form into the upcoming TV events."

The £140,000 event reached its climax on the final day of action, with the Last 16 taking place in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.

Keegan Brown was the other big winner in Prague, as his run to the semi-finals saw him seal a return to the World Matchplay, defeating Michael van Gerwen and Mensur Suljovic along the way.

Corey Cadby's European Tour debut was ended by Mervyn King in the Last 16, while Saturday's nine-dart hero Gerwyn Price was knocked out by Whitlock.

The European Tour returns with the Austrian Darts Championship in Vienna across the weekend of August 30-September 1, with all the action shown on PDCTV-HD.

2019 Czech Darts Open
Sunday June 30
Afternoon Session
Third Round
Keegan Brown 6-4 Danny Noppert
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Ted Evetts
Stephen Bunting 6-5 Chris Dobey
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Ian White 6-1 Andrew Gilding
Jamie Hughes 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
Mervyn King 6-4 Corey Cadby
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Gerwyn Price

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals
Keegan Brown 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Jamie Hughes 6-5 Ian White
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Mervyn King

Semi-Finals
Stephen Bunting 7-4 Keegan Brown
Jamie Hughes 7-3 Simon Whitlock

Final
Jamie Hughes 8-3 Stephen Bunting

Chisnall wins Danish Darts Open

DAVE CHISNALL won his third PDC title of 2019 at the Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen on Sunday.

A winner of two Players Championship events earlier in the year, Chisnall defeated Chris Dobey 8-3 in the final at the Brøndby Hallen to continue his impressive run of form in 2019.

The five-time televised finalist last tasted success on the European Tour in 2013, but his clinical display against Dobey saw him end that wait and rack up his 15th PDC crown.

"It's been a while, I've kept getting close but not finishing the job so this means a lot to me," said Chisnall, whose victory in the final saw him become just the fourth player to win 100 games on the European Tour.

"I felt good all day, both in practice and on the stage and I have to say the crowd really spurred me on, they were fantastic for all players across the weekend.

"Chris didn't play his best in the final, luckily for me, but he's someone I respect and he deserves all the success he gets."

The final of the eighth European Tour event of 2019 saw Dobey get off to a flying start with a 146 finish to hold throw followed by a 12-dart break.

However, the lead was short-lived as Chisnall hit back with a 12-dart break of his own, before winning the next three legs to take a 4-2 lead.

Dobey, who was seeking a first PDC title, hit a crucial double top with his last dart in hand for a 100 checkout to stop the rot and make it 4-3.

However, that was to be Dobey's last moment of success as Chisnall took the next four legs without reply, sealing the £25,000 top prize with a 115 finish.

For Dobey, it was his first taste of a big-stage PDC final, having previously come runner-up in three Players Championship events, and the Geordie was quick to take the positives from the weekend.

"I'm definitely pleased with how I played this weekend," said Dobey, who is now up to a career-high 30th on the PDC Order of Merit.

"I came here to do the job of securing my place in the World Matchplay for the first time and I've pretty much done that.

"It just didn't happen for me in the final but if I could pick a player to lose to it would be Dave, he's a great lad and he thoroughly deserves this win."

The £140,000 event reached its climax on the final day of action, with the Last 16 taking place in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.

An afternoon of surprises saw Jose de Sousa continue his dream European Tour debut with a 6-2 win over number two seed Daryl Gurney, while Chisnall survived match darts from Mensur Suljovic.

The opening quarter-final saw number three seed Gerwyn Price fire in a 110.12 in a 6-1 win over Joe Cullen, before his run was curtailed by Dobey, who recovered from 3-0 down to run out a 7-4 victor.

There was also semi-final disappointment for Price's fellow-Welshman Jonny Clayton, who enjoyed a return to form with victories over James Wade and Simon Whitlock, before going down 7-6 to Chisnall in the last four.

The European Tour returns with the Czech Darts Open in Prague across the weekend of June 28-30, with all the action shown on PDCTV-HD.

Sunday June 16
Afternoon Session
Third Round
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Stephen Bunting
Joe Cullen 6-4 Peter Wright
Chris Dobey 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Jose de Sousa 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Jonny Clayton 6-2 James Wade
Simon Whitlock 6-3 Adrian Lewis
Dave Chisnall 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Ian White

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Joe Cullen
Chris Dobey 6-5 Jose de Sousa
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Simon Whitlock
Dave Chisnall 6-1 Jermaine Wattimena

Semi-Finals
Chris Dobey 7-4 Gerwyn Price
Dave Chisnall 7-6 Jonny Clayton

Final
Dave Chisnall 8-3 Chris Dobey

DPA Harrows Challenge Tour Update

In Young NSW Josh Townsend took out two events over the weekend. In event one he defeated Anthony Hatch 4-1 in the semi-final whilst in the final he defeated a resurgent Daniel Sim 4-1 (Sim had overcome Mick Lean 4-1 in the other semi-final.) In the first event on the Sunday Townsend double his winnings after beating Greg LeStrange 4-2 in the final. Losing semi-finalists in that competition were Glenn Casson (4-0 to Townsend) and Rod Crawford (4-1 to LeStrange.)
The night before LeStrange had stopped Townsend from doubling up on the Saturday thanks to a 5-3 win. Losing semi-finalists were Daniel Sim (5-0) and Zac Bartlett (5-2). The final event on the Sunday saw neither LeStrange nor Townsend take part in the semi-finals. Adam Faulkner defeated Bartlett 4-1 whilst Anthony Hatch won by the same score line over Mick Lean in the semi-finals. The final saw Faulkner come out victorious with a last deciding leg 4-3 win over Hatch.
Also in NSW, but on the coast at Mollymook, Shane Wolter and Manny Kato resumed hostilities. In the first event Kato came away with a 5-0 win over Wolter in the final (Matt Gozeff and Satcher McClelland had been losing semi-finalists.) Jake Howie demonstrated his talent later in the Saturday by defeating Danny Watson 5-1 in the final of the second event. Wolter has lost in the semi-final to Howie (5-2) whilst Dave Boyle was the other losing semi-finalists (5-3 to Watson.)
On the Sunday wins by Kato over Alfred Wyatt and Wolter over Boyle in the semi-finals saw a repeat of the clash from the day before but this time Wolter walked away with the win by five legs to three. In the final event Darren Lane lost to Wolter in semi-final one whilst David Boyle lost his third semi-final of the weekend, this time to Kato. So it came down to Wolter and Kato once more and after eight legs the two could not be separated. In the deciding leg Kato threw for the match but consecutive visits of 105 and 125 gave Wolter the momentum. Both players missed match darts before Wolter finally checked out for the win.
Pine Rivers in Queensland has been one of the most interesting venues of the challenge tour as different player after player has won the events. Saturday continued in that tradition with 8 different semi-finalists in the two competitions across the day. This obviously meant two different final lineups and two different champions. The first event of the day saw Jimmy Raroa defeat Rob Cameron 5-1. That evening Tyler Horvat defeated Mick Ruthernberg 5-2 in the second final of the day. Losing semi-finalists across the day were Ky Smith, Tony Davy, Donovan Lottering and Alan Walters.
The early Sunday competition saw two more new semi-finalists for the weekend in Beau McCrae and Jackson Davies. Davies was able to win (4-3 over Raroa) whilst McCrae fell to Rob Cameron (4-1.) The final was a tight affair but Cameron was not going to lost two finals across the weekend and he held on in a last leg decider to be the third winner across the weekend. The final event on the Sunday saw Donovan Lottering improve his previous day’s semi-final finish by qualifying for the final (defeating Horvat) and then defeating Rob Cameron (who therefore did lose two finals on the weekend) in the final. Cameron had qualified by defeating Mark Dutton in his semi-final.

2019 Danish Darts Open Day Two

ROB CROSS suffered a shock exit at the hands of Kirk Shepherd on Day Two of the Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen on Saturday, as 16 players advanced to Sunday's final day of action.

Day Two of the eighth European Tour event of 2019 saw 32 players in action as the 16 seeded players faced Friday's winners at the Brondby Hallen, all looking to secure places in Finals Day of the £140,000 event.

Tournament favourite heading into the event, former World Champion Cross' wait for a first PDC title of 2019 will go on after he went down 6-4 to 2008 World Championship runner-up Shepherd.

Cross missed 13 darts at double in the close contest, while Shepherd's greater accuracy on the outer ring saw him hit six of his 11 attempts at double to advance to the final day of a European Tour event for the first time in his career.

"I'm absolutely delighted. Rob let me off the hook but that's not my fault, and now I've beaten a World Champion," said Shepherd.

"This is the furthest I've ever got on the European Tour and I'm really enjoying it so let's see if I can keep it going tomorrow."

Shepherd will face Chris Dobey in Sunday afternoon's Last 16 after the Geordie survived two match-darts in edging past Ricky Evans 6-5.

Number one seed Ian White also ran out a 6-5 winner against Martin Schindler to begin his bid for a third consecutive European Tour crown after coming back from 5-3 down.

White survived match darts in the first round of his title wins in Sindelfingen and Zwolle in May, and he was made to sweat once again by Schindler who missed a dart for a 6-3 win.

World number ten White avoided a clash with practice-partner Michael Smith as the World Championship runner-up went down 6-4 to Dutch number two Jermaine Wattimena, despite Smith's five-point superior average.

A day of comebacks in Copenhagen saw James Wade land three ton-plus checkouts as he fought back from 3-1 down to overcome Sweden's Dennis Nilsson 6-3, while Adrian Lewis also rose from the ashes in overturning a 4-2 deficit to beat Kyle Anderson 6-4.

Wade will now take on Jonny Clayton who ran out a 6-5 winner over Danish crowd favourite Per Laursen, while Lewis will face 2018 Danish Darts Open runner-up Simon Whitlock, as the Australian number one defeated Nathan Aspinall 6-4.

Defending champion Mensur Suljovic got his bid for back-to-back Danish Darts Open titles underway by edging out Gabriel Clemens 6-5, and he will now meet Dave Chisnall who saw off Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2.

German Darts Championship winner Daryl Gurney recorded a convincing 6-1 win over Ryan Joyce, with the Northern Irishman now set to play Jose de Sousa.

Portuguese number one De Sousa played out a thrilling contest with Darren Webster, who missed a dart at the bullseye to complete a miraculous comeback from 5-1 down, before De Sousa eventually closed it out to win 6-5.

There were no such theatrics in Joe Cullen's meeting with Kevin Burness as Cullen ended his six-week wait for a PDC win with a thumping 6-1 success, and he will now take on Peter Wright.

World number five Wright came out on top of William O'Connor 6-2 in a replay of last weekend's World Cup Final singles tie, with a clinical Wright missing just two darts at double in the match.

Gerwyn Price averaged over 100 in a hard-fought 6-4 victory over Ryan Harrington, and the Welshman's next assignment will be Stephen Bunting, who edged out New Zealander Cody Harris 6-4.

Sunday's third and final day of the Danish Darts Open will see the Last 16 matches take place in the afternoon session, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.

All the action will be broadcast on PDCTV-HD, and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.

Saturday June 15
Second Round
Afternoon Session
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Cody Harris
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Darren Webster
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Per Laursen
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Nathan Aspinall
Joe Cullen 6-1 Kevin Burness
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Ryan Joyce
Chris Dobey 6-5 Ricky Evans

Evening Session
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Ryan Harrington
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Rob Cross
Peter Wright 6-2 William O'Connor
James Wade 6-3 Dennis Nilsson
Adrian Lewis 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Gabriel Clemens
Ian White 6-5 Martin Schindler
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Michael Smith

Sunday June 16
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Third Round
Gerwyn Price v Stephen Bunting
Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
Kirk Shepherd v Chris Dobey
Daryl Gurney v Jose de Sousa
James Wade v Jonny Clayton
Adrian Lewis v Simon Whitlock
Mensur Suljovic v Dave Chisnall
Ian White v Jermaine Wattimena

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Quarter-Finals
Price/Bunting v Wright/Cullen
Shepherd/Dobey v Gurney/De Sousa
Wade/Clayton v Lewis/Whitlock
Suljovic/Chisnall v White/Wattimena

Semi-Finals
Final

Sunday’s games played in Draw Bracket order

Format
All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

Prize Fund
Winner: £25,000
Runner-up: £10,000
Semi-Finalists: £6,500
Quarter-Finalists: £5,000
Last 16: £3,000
Last 32: £2,000
Last 48: £1,000
Total: £140,000

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Danish Darts Open Day One round-up

MICHAEL SMITH, Nathan Aspinall and Chris Dobey were among the players to make it through to the second day of the Danish Darts Open as the European Tour event got underway in Copenhagen on Friday.
Day One of the eighth European Tour event of 2019 saw 32 players in action at the Brondby Hallen, all looking to secure places in Saturday's second round where the 16 seeded players will enter the £140,000 event.
World Championship runner-up Smith began the hunt for a fifth European Tour title of his career by averaging 100.02 in an impressive 6-4 defeat of Steve Beaton.
World number six Smith, who was competing as an unseeded player for the first time in almost five years, fired in four 180s and hit 50% of his doubles to prevail over 2019 European Tour ever-present Beaton.
"Tonight I showed again that I'm a fighter. I've been struggling with a foot injury but I always get up there and play no matter what," said Smith, who will meet Jermaine Wattimena in round two.
"I just want to keep playing darts, keep fighting and show people what I'm about.
"Getting Steve was a tough draw, and even my family said to me that I might be coming home early, so I'm really pleased with the result and how I played."
UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall moved through to face Simon Whitlock following a confident 6-3 win over Mick Todd, finishing six doubles from eight attempts, landing a 160 finish and averaging over 100.
Chris Dobey came through a nervy affair with Steve West 6-3 to edge closer to a World Matchplay debut in July, and the Geordie will now meet Ricky Evans.
Reigning Danish Darts Open Champion Mensur Suljovic will face Gabriel Clemens after the German continued his progression with a 6-3 victory over Mervyn King.
William O'Connor continued the form which took him to the World Cup of Darts final last weekend by landing six 180s in a 6-3 defeat of Luke Woodhouse.
The Irishman will now be looking ahead to a match-up with Peter Wright - having lost out 4-2 in their Singles tie during the World Cup final on Sunday.
O'Connor's World Cup partner Lennon was unable to recapture that form, falling to a 6-0 whitewash at the hands of Sweden's Dennis Nilsson, who will now face James Wade.
Australian number two Kyle Anderson secured a 6-2 win over Belgium's Mike De Decker to set up a second round tie with Adrian Lewis.
Number one seed Ian White will come up against German youngster Martin Schindler, who stormed past Kim Viljanen 6-0 to secure his first European Tour win of the year.
Kevin Burness picked up just his third ranking victory of the year with a roller-coaster 6-5 triumph over Dutch Darts Masters Quarter-Finalist Glen Durrant, with the Irish Matchplay winner now set to face Joe Cullen.
Gerwyn Price will play Ryan Harrington, who fended off a spirited comeback from Danish Qualifier Niels-Jorgen Hansen to win 6-4 and advance to the second round of a European Tour for the first time in over three years.
Danish number one Per Laursen fared better on home soil, delighting the passionate Copenhagen crowd with a 6-4 success over Reece Robinson, and he will now meet Jonny Clayton.
Former World Champion Rob Cross will face Kirk Shepherd in his first assignment of the weekend, after Shepherd saw off Vincent van der Voort 6-4 to taste success on the European Tour for the first time in almost a year.
Krzysztof Ratajski will face Dave Chisnall after beating Krzysztof Kcuik 6-3 in an all-Polish affair, while Portugal's Jose de Sousa was impressive in his 6-3 success over Scott Taylor, and he will now take on Darren Webster.
New Zealander Cody Harris enjoyed a 6-1 European Tour debut win over Teuvo Haverinen to set up a clash with Stephen Bunting, while Ryan Joyce will meet Daryl Gurney after overcoming Spain's Jose Justicia 6-2.
Saturday's second day of the Danish Darts Open will be broadcast on video.pdc.tv, and through a series of bookmakers' websites listed below.
2019 Danish Darts Open
Friday June 14
First Round
Afternoon Session
William O'Connor 6-3 Luke Woodhouse
Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Mick Todd
Kyle Anderson 6-2 Mike De Decker
Per Laursen 6-4 Reece Robinson
Cody Harris 6-1 Teuvo Haverinen
Jose De Sousa 6-3 Scott Taylor
Ryan Joyce 6-2 Jose Justicia
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Krzysztof Kciuk
Evening Session
Martin Schindler 6-0 Kim Viljanen
Kevin Burness 6-5 Glen Durrant
Ryan Harrington 6-4 Niels-Jorgen Hansen
Chris Dobey 6-3 Steve West
Gabriel Clemens 6-3 Mervyn King
Kirk Shepherd 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Michael Smith 6-4 Steve Beaton
Dennis Nilsson 6-0 Steve Lennon
Saturday June 15
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Stephen Bunting v Cody Harris
Darren Webster v Jose de Sousa
Jonny Clayton v Per Laursen
Dave Chisnall v Krzysztof Ratajski
Simon Whitlock v Nathan Aspinall
Joe Cullen v Kevin Burness
Daryl Gurney v Ryan Joyce
Ricky Evans v Chris Dobey
Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
Gerwyn Price v Ryan Harrington
Rob Cross v Kirk Shepherd
Peter Wright v William O'Connor
James Wade v Dennis Nilsson
Adrian Lewis v Kyle Anderson
Mensur Suljovic v Gabriel Clemens
Ian White v Martin Schindler
Jermaine Wattimena v Michael Smith

Danish Darts Open

Cody Harris makes his European Tour debut against Teuvo Haverinen, while there is also the intriguing all-Polish clash between former World Cup team-mates Krzysztof Ratajski and East Europe Qualifier Krzysztof Kciuk.

MICHAEL SMITH and Steve Beaton will clash in the Danish Darts Open first round on Friday, while Mensur Suljovic will defend his European Tour title in Copenhagen this weekend.

World Championship finalist Smith had won through the qualifiers to compete in the £140,000 tournament in Copenhagen this weekend, having dropped down the ProTour Order of Merit.

The St Helens ace faces a tasty first round tie against Beaton, who is an ever-present on the European Tour in 2019 and also landed a nine-darter earlier this year.

World Cup finalists Steve Lennon and William O'Connor will return to action following last weekend's success in Hamburg as they take on Dennis Nilsson and Luke Woodhouse respectively.

UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall plays Mick Todd, while three-time Lakeside Champion Glen Durrant meets Kevin Burness.

Former European Tour winners Vincent van der Voort and Mervyn King play Kirk Shepherd and Gabriel Clemens respectively.

Thursday's Host Nation Qualifiers Per Laursen and Niels-Jorgen Hansen take on Reece Robinson and Ryan Harrington respectively.

Reigning champion Suljovic, who won the inaugural Danish Darts Open in 2018, opens his challenge in Saturday's second round against Clemens of King.

Number one seed Ian White, who has won the last two European Tour events and reached four successive finals in 2019, will play Kim Viljanen or Martin Schindler.

World number two Gerwyn Price, six-time European Tour winner Peter Wright, Premier League stars James Wade, Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney and two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis also come into the event in round two on Saturday.

The tournament will then conclude on Sunday at the Brondby Hallen, with the third round in the afternoon session ahead of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening session.

The Danish Darts Open will be streamed throughout the weekend through PDCTV-HD at video.pdc.tv, and through bookmakers' websites worldwide listed at www.pdc.tv.

For tickets, visit www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets.

2019 Danish Darts Open

Draw Bracket (Second Round Onwards)

(3) Gerwyn Price v Niels-Jorgen Hansen/Ryan Harrington

(14) Stephen Bunting v Cody Harris/Teuvo Haverinen

(6) Peter Wright v Luke Woodhouse/William O'Connor

(11) Joe Cullen v Glen Durrant/Kevin Burness

(7) Rob Cross v Kirk Shepherd/Vincent van der Voort

(10) Ricky Evans v Steve West/Chris Dobey

(2) Daryl Gurney v Jose Justicia/Ryan Joyce

(15) Darren Webster v Jose De Sousa/Scott Taylor

(4) James Wade v Dennis Nilsson/Steve Lennon

(13) Jonny Clayton v Per Laursen/Reece Robinson

(5) Adrian Lewis v Mike De Decker/Kyle Anderson

(12) Simon Whitlock v Mick Todd/Nathan Aspinall

(8) Mensur Suljovic v Gabriel Clemens/Mervyn King

(9) Dave Chisnall v Krzysztof Kciuk/Krzysztof Ratajski

(1) Ian White v Kim Viljanen/Martin Schindler

(16) Jermaine Wattimena v Steve Beaton/Michael Smith

Schedule of Play

Friday June 14

First Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Luke Woodhouse v William O'Connor

Mick Todd v Nathan Aspinall

Mike De Decker v Kyle Anderson

Per Laursen v Reece Robinson

Cody Harris v Teuvo Haverinen

Jose De Sousa v Scott Taylor

Jose Justicia v Ryan Joyce

Krzysztof Kciuk v Krzysztof Ratajski

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Kim Viljanen v Martin Schindler

Glen Durrant v Kevin Burness

Niels-Jorgen Hansen v Ryan Harrington

Steve West v Chris Dobey

Gabriel Clemens v Mervyn King

Kirk Shepherd v Vincent van der Voort

Steve Beaton v Michael Smith

Dennis Nilsson v Steve Lennon

Saturday June 15

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Stephen Bunting v Harris/Haverinen

Darren Webster v De Sousa/Taylor

Jonny Clayton v Laursen/Robinson

Dave Chisnall v Kciuk/Ratajski

Simon Whitlock v Todd/Aspinall

Joe Cullen v Durrant/Burness

Daryl Gurney v Justicia/Joyce

Ricky Evans v West/Dobey

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Gerwyn Price v Hansen/Harrington

Rob Cross v Shepherd/Van der Voort

Peter Wright v Woodhouse/O'Connor

James Wade v Nilsson/Lennon

Adrian Lewis v De Decker/Anderson

Mensur Suljovic v Clemens/King

Ian White v Viljanen/Schindler

Jermaine Wattimena v Beaton/Smith

Sunday June 16

Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)

Third Round

Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)

Quarter-Finals

Semi-Finals

Final

Format - All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.

Host Nation Qualifier

Thursday June 13

FInal Round Results

Per Laursen 6-0 Dan Jensen

Niels-Jorgen Hansen 6-2 Bent Lambertsen

Full results: https://tv.dartconnect.com/matchlist/pdcnbhnq19et8

Oceanic World Series Spots For Barney & Wade

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD and James Wade will compete in the PDC World Series of Darts events in Brisbane, Melbourne and Hamilton in August after being confirmed alongside four further qualifiers from Australia and New Zealand.
Five-time World Champion Van Barneveld, a former World Series finalist in both Australia and New Zealand, will be part of the Oceanic treble-header as he continues his final year before retirement by competing in August’s events.
The Dutch legend, 52, will be joined by reigning European Champion Wade - the 2018 World Series of Darts Finals winner and a former Perth Darts Masters finalist - as the final two of eight PDC representatives for the tournaments.
Wade, 36, was recently a Premier League semi-finalist after finishing in fourth position in the final league table following a strong season in the event, and has now spent more than a decade at the sport’s top level.
The duo join the previously-announced Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright and Simon Whitlock as the eight PDC representatives for the three World Series events, where they will take on eight Oceanic representatives in each first round.
Former Auckland Darts Masters winner Kyle Anderson and 2016 World Youth Champion Corey Cadby will also compete in all three events, while top Kiwi Cody Harris is set to take part in the NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB.
In addition, Australian duo Damon Heta and James Bailey have now secured places in the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters as the top two players in the DartPlayers Australia standings.
Perth's Heta is enjoying a superb year on the DPA ProTour, and has previously competed in four World Series of Darts events - reaching the quarter-finals in Melbourne last year - and the 2018 World Series of Darts Finals.
Brisbane's Bailey, meanwhile, sits second in the DPA standings at present, having competed in the 2018 Melbourne Darts Masters and at the 2019 PDC World Championship.
Christchurch’s Haupai Puha, who reached the World Cup quarter-finals for New Zealand alongside Harris last weekend, and Wellington’s two-time World Cup representative Craig Caldwell will compete in the NZ Darts Masters as the top two players from the DPNZ rankings.
A further three places in the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters will be on offer in DPA Qualifiers, which will be held from July 4-7 in Warilla, alongside one spot in the NZ Darts Masters. For details, please visit dartplayersaustralia.com.
The DPNZ Qualifiers, which will offer two places in the NZ Darts Masters and one apiece in the Brisbane and Melbourne events, will be held on June 29-30 at the Hornby Working Men’s Club in Christchurch. For details, please visit dartplayers.co.nz.
Tickets for the Brisbane Darts Masters and Melbourne Darts Masters are available now through ticketek.com.au/DartsMasters.
Tickets for the NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB, are available through ticketek.co.nz/Darts.
2019 Brisbane Darts Masters
August 9-10, BCEC, Brisbane
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta (DPA Number One), James Bailey (DPA Number Two), DPA Qualifiers x3 (July 4-6, Warilla), DPNZ Qualifier (June 29, Christchurch)
Tickets: ticketek.com.au/DartsMasters
2019 Melbourne Darts Masters
August 16-17, The Melbourne Arena
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta (DPA Number One), James Bailey (DPA Number Two), DPA Qualifiers x3 (July 4-6, Warilla), DPNZ Qualifier (June 30, Christchurch)
Tickets: ticketek.com.au/DartsMasters
2019 NZ Darts Masters, presented by Burger King & TAB
August 23-24, Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
PDC Representatives: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld
Oceanic Representatives: Kyle Anderson, Corey Cadby, Cody Harris, Haupai Puha (DPNZ Number One), Craig Caldwell (DPNZ Number Two), DPNZ Qualifiers x2 (June 29-30, Christchurch), DPA Qualifier (July 7, Warilla)
Tickets: ticketek.co.nz/Darts
Qualifiers Breakdown
DPNZ Qualifiers – Hornby Working Men’s Club, ChristchurchJune 29 – NZ Darts Masters Qualifier One (open to NZ and Australian residents)
June 29 – Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier (open to NZ residents only)
June 30 – NZ Darts Masters Qualifier Two (open to NZ and Australian residents)
June 30 – Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier (open to NZ residents only)
For details, please visit dartplayers.co.nz.
DPA Qualifiers – Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club, NSW
July 4 – Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier One (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 4 – Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier One (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 5 – Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier Two (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 5 – Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier Two (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 6 – Brisbane Darts Masters Qualifier Three (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 6 – Melbourne Darts Masters Qualifier Three (open to Australian & NZ residents)
July 7 - NZ Darts Masters Qualifier (open to Australian residents only)
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Super Scots Claim BetVictor World Cup Glory

SCOTLAND were crowned as BetVictor World Cup of Darts champions for the first time on Sunday night as Gary Anderson and Peter Wright overcame the Republic of Ireland 3-1 in the final in Hamburg.

The Scottish pair have been defeated twice previously in the final of the annual pairs tournament, losing out to England in 2015 and the Netherlands 12 months ago.

However, this time they went all the way as they denied Steve Lennon and William O'Connor a remarkable triumph.

The Republic of Ireland had never won past the Last 16 in the previous eight World Cup tournaments, but followed up a round two demolition of England by defeating Austria and the Netherlands on Sunday to defy the odds and reach the final.

Their semi-final triumph over reigning champions Netherlands was particularly memorable, as they whitewashed Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena 4-0 in the Doubles decider with the aid of finishes of 131 and 128 from Lennon.

Lennon also opened the final with a 4-2 win over Gary Anderson, but Wright's 4-2 defeat of O'Connor saw them level before an outstanding Doubles whitewash moved them 2-1 up overall.

Wright then sealed glory for Scotland for the first time as he defeated Lennon 4-1 in their Singles tie to secure the £70,000 top prize and become only the third nation to win the event.

"I'm over the moon," said Wright. "To play with Gary, the best player on the planet, is an honour, and it's about time we did it.

"We're both quality players and we should have won it ages ago, but it's happened now, we've got that monkey off our backs.

"We've got to the final before and run out of steam in the past. We clicked this year and that's why we won. Instead of those silver medals, we've got gold ones!"

Wright added: "We didn't want to go into the pairs 2-0 down because we've done it in the past and it's not very nice."

The Scots had earlier raced past both Belgium and Japan with 2-0 wins to secure their place in the final, marking a hugely successful return to action for Anderson following his treatment for a back problem.

"I came here not knowing what to expect and it's been good, a confidence lifter," said Anderson. "Ireland in the semi-finals were fantastic, and they've been good.

"I'm quite happy. My throw's still not 100 percent but we got there. We played the right games at the right times.

"It's special. We've been beaten by the best in the world and it's taken them to beat us, but we got there at last."

Ireland had begun Sunday's action with a 2-1 quarter-final defeat of Austria, whitewashing their opponents 4-0 in the Doubles decider.

They then secured the biggest win of their careers in a superb semi-final to end the Netherlands' title defence.

Lennon had lost 4-3 to World Champion Van Gerwen in their Singles tie, but O'Connor swept aside Wattimena 4-1 before they limited the Dutch to just one dart at a double in the decisive Doubles contest.

Lennon admitted: "Obviously we're gutted. We've done so well to get here but we will try and take the positives from it.

"I think we played brilliant as a team. Getting to the final was immense, we couldn't have dreamed of it.

"[Scotland] were brilliant, it's why they're two of the best players in the world but we showed what we can do and we'll hopefully be back here next year."

O'Connor added: "I'll look back on the whole tournament positively. Myself and Steve are in the final of the World Cup, it's a dream come true.

"I knew we could do it and it's a pity we couldn't go that one step further. I'm proud to represent Ireland.

"Scotland threw some unreal darts in the final, and the fans were absolutely fantastic all weekend."

New Zealand's run to a first World Cup quarter-final saw the challenge of Cody Harris and Haupai Puha ended with a 2-0 loss to Japan's Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu.

Canada's Dawson Murschell claimed a memorable 4-2 Singles win over Van Gerwen in their quarter-final, only to see Wattimena overcome Jim Long 4-2 before the Dutch took the Doubles contest 4-1.

Belgium's Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh were unable to match last year's semi-final appearance as they lost out 2-0 to Belgium in the last eight, where Austria also exited the event.

2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts
Sunday June 9
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
Japan 2-0 New Zealand
Singles One: Seigo Asada 4-1 Cody Harris
Singles Two: Haruki Muramatsu 4-3 Haupai Puha
Doubles: (Not Needed)

Scotland 2-0 Belgium
Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-2 Kim Huybrechts
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Doubles: (Not Needed)

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Austria
Singles One: Steve Lennon 4-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
Singles Two: William O'Connor 0-4 Mensur Suljovic
Doubles: Republic of Ireland 4-0 Austria

Netherlands 2-1 Canada
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 2-4 Dawson Murschell
Singles Two: Jermaine Wattimena 4-2 Jim Long
Doubles: Netherlands 4-1 Canada

Evening Session
Semi-Finals
Scotland 2-0 Japan
Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-2 Seigo Asada
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-1 Haruki Muramatsu
Doubles: (Not Needed)

Republic of Ireland 2-1 Netherlands
Singles One: Steve Lennon 3-4 Michael van Gerwen
Singles Two: William O'Connor 4-1 Jermaine Wattimena
Doubles: Republic of Ireland 4-0 Netherlands

Final
Scotland 3-1 Republic of Ireland
Singles One: Gary Anderson 2-4 Steve Lennon
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-2 William O'Connor
Doubles: Scotland 4-0 Republic of Ireland
Singles Three: Peter Wright 4-1 Steve Lennon
Singles Four: Gary Anderson v William O'Connor (Not Needed)

Format
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.

Round-Up
Quarter-Finals
Reigning champions Netherlands overcame a scare against Canada to continue their title defence with a 2-1 win, as they and Scotland were joined in the semi-finals by Japan and the Republic of Ireland.

Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena needed a Doubles decider to see off Canada's Dawson Murschell and Jim Long 2-1 in their quarter-final tie in Hamburg.

Van Gerwen suffered his first Singles defeat in the World Cup since 2016 as he went down 4-2 to Dawson Murschell, who capitalised on the World Champion's 20 missed doubles to give Canada the advantage.

Van Gerwen opened the game with a 180 but survived ten misses to claim the opening leg, and landed double ten to move two legs up.

However, Murschell finished 72 to get off the mark and tops in the next two to move 3-2 up, before being given a reprieve for his own misses to return on double five to take a memorable win.

Jermaine Wattimena overcame a scare to send the tie into a Doubles decider, taking a 4-2 win over Jim Long in their Singles contest.

Like Van Gerwen, Wattimena opened up a 2-0 lead - finishing duble 16 and then 100 - only to see missed doubles give his rival a way back into the game.

Long finished tops in leg three and, after Wattimena took the fourth, the Canadian finished 96 with single 20, double 18 and tops to close the gap to 3-2.

Long then missed tops to complete another double-double combination in leg six, and two further misses allowed Wattimena back on double 16 to take the win and set up a decisive Doubles match.

The first two legs of the Doubles game were tied, but Van Gerwen finshed 64 to win a nervy third leg and posted double 16 to move his side 3-1 up before Wattimena posted double 12 to book a semi-final place for his country.

The Netherlands now face the Republic of Ireland in Sunday evening's semi-finals, with the Irish continuing their best-ever World Cup campaign with a 2-1 success against Austria.

Steve Lennon gave Ireland the advantage by defeating Zoran Lerchbacher 4-1 in the opening Singles tie.

The pair shared the opening two legs before Lennon finished 106 in the third to edge back in front and then capitalised on some scrappy finishing from Lerchbacher in the next two to take the win.

Mensur Suljovic then sent the quarter-final into a Doubles decider by whitewashing William O'Connor.

The pair had produced the stand-out individual performances in Saturday's second round, and this time it was Suljovic who was dominant as he restricted O'Connor to just one dart at a double.

The Austrian edged the opener on double one, but then took out 96 to break in leg two, posted a 14-darter and then capitalised on O'Connor's missed double 18 to secure the win with a 13-dart leg.

O'Connor, though, stepped up in style to hit the winning double in all four legs of the Doubles decider as they whitewashed the Austrian pair to claim a semi-final place.

He began by capitalising on a miss at tops from Lerchbacher to take out 62 in the opener, before adding double nine, double ten and double two to move himself and Lennon into the last four.

Japan also won through to their first World Cup semi-final as Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu secured a 2-0 win over New Zealand.

Asada secured the opening Singles tie for Japan by defeating Cody Harris 4-1.

Asada landed a 180 as he broke in the first leg, tops for the second and the scored 140, 140 and 180 as he took the third with a 12-darter.

Harris landed a 174 in reply as he took the fourth following three missed match darts from his rival, but the New Zealander paid for two wired darts at double 18 as Asada sealed victory on double four.

Muramatsu then took a 4-3 win over Haupai Puha to secure his nation's place in the last four - with the Japanese ace having been a quarter-finalist in 2013 and 2018.

Muramatsu came from a leg down to lead 2-1 before Puha punished three misses at tops from his rival to level.

Tops moved Muramatsu 3-2 up, with Puha taking out 76 in two darts to force a decider only to see the Japanese ace be first to a finish as he again landed double top to seal the win.

Two-time finalists Scotland remain on course to challenge for another spot in the final after booking their last four place against Japan with a 2-0 defeat of Belgium.

Gary Anderson secured the opening Singles tie with a 4-2 defeat of Kim Huybrechts.

The Belgian took the opening leg against the throw with a 14-darter, but missed three darts at doubles across the next two legs as Anderson clinically capitalised to move 2-1 up.

Huybrechts levelled again with a 14-darter, but Anderson continued a superb performance with legs of 12 and 13 darts to move Scotland ahead in the tie.

Wright ensured Scotland's passage to the semi-finals by matching that scoreline against Dimitri Van den Bergh.

The pair shared the opening four legs, with Wright firing in an 11-darter in the four to level before breaking with a 76 finish to move 3-2 up.

Van den Bergh fired in five perfect darts to open leg six, but he was unable to stop Wright finishing double 12 to complete victory for Scotland.

Scotland booked their place in a third final at the BetVictor World Cup of Darts with a comfortable 2-0 defeat of Japan, who saw their best run in the tournament ended in the semi-finals.

Gary Anderson claimed the opening Singles tie with a 4-2 defeat of Seigo Asada in a high-quality contest where both players averaged over 100.

Anderson stormed into a 3-0 lead, following up a 14-darter with checkouts of 118 and 113, before Asada landed a 180 and took out 127 on the bull to hit back.

A narrow miss at tops for the match from Anderson in leg five allowed Asada to finish 48 and keep his hopes alive, but the Scot clinically landed two 180s and tops in the next to give his country the edge.

Peter Wright then proved too strong for Haruki Muramatsu, finishing four doubles from seven attempts in a 4-1 victory over the Japanese ace.

Muramatsu had finished 61 to win the opening leg, but Wright matched that to level and then punished a miss at tops from the Japanese thrower to break and move ahead, before reeling off the next two to seal a spot in the final.

Steve Lennon and William O'Connor made history as the Republic of Ireland won through to the World Cup of Darts final with an incredible 2-1 win to end the Netherlands' defence of the title.

The Dutch pair of Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena had been the favourites as they sought a fifth World Cup win for their nation, and Van Gerwen had set them on the path to victory with a 4-3 win over Lennon in the opening Singles tie.

However, O'Connor was superb in a 4-1 defeat of Wattimena before the pair produced a sensational 4-0 whitewash win in the Doubles decider.

Van Gerwen withstood a strong fightback from Steve Lennon to take the opening Singles tie.

Van Gerwen opened the game with a 136 finish and moved into a 3-1 lead, only to see Lennon hit back to force a deciding seventh leg, in which a 180 moved the World Champion clear and tops for a 13-darter finally secured victory.

William O'Connor took the semi-final into a Doubles decider with a 4-1 defeat of Jermaine Wattimena in the second Singles match of the tie.

O'Connor took the opening three legs without reply, including a 13-darter in the third, before Wattimena finished 64 to hit back, but double two sealed victory for the Irish ace.

They maintained that momentum in the Doubles decider, with O'Connor's 174 setting up Lennon for a brilliant 131 checkout in the opening leg.

Double 18 moved Ireland two legs up before Lennon then fired in a 128 finish to open up a 3-0 lead, with the youngster landing a 180 before O'Connor's tops secured a huge result for Ireland.

Final
Steve Lennon gave Ireland the lead in the final with a 4-2 defeat of Gary Anderson in the opening Singles tie.

Lennon landed a pair of double ten finishes to win the first two legs, before Anderson hit back in style with successive 12-darters which were both completed with 85 checkouts.

However, tops saw Lennon break to move 3-2 up before he took out 110 to claim the lead in the contest.

Peter Wright levelled the final with a 4-2 win over William O'Connor in their Singles match,reeling off three straight legs from 2-1 down.

Wright finished 91 to capitalise on O'Connor's missed bull in the opener, before the Irish star took out double 16 and a 13-darter to move ahead.

A 14-darter for Wright levelled before he punished two misses from his opponent to land tops and move 3-2 up with a break of throw, before double ten to level matters in the final.

Scotland then claimed a 4-0 whitewash win in the Doubles to move 2-1 up overall, with Wright landing the winning double in three of the four legs.

The colourful star took the opener with a third-dart tops and then took out 96 and 92 before Anderson completed the win by finishing 76.

Wright then sealed glory for Scotland in the fourth game of the final, defeating Lennon 4-1 to scoop the £70,000 top prize and seal a place as only the third nation to claim the title.

He finished 82 and tops to lead 2-0 before Lennon landed a pressure double top to respond in leg three.

Wright, though, finished 86 as he moved Scotland to the brink of the title, before landing double top as he made his nation the World Cup winners

England Crash Out in Germany

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND stunned England with a sensational victory over the number one seeds at the BetVictor World Cup of Darts in Hamburg on Saturday.

William O'Connor averaged over 115 in a breathtaking display to defeat former World Champion Rob Cross after Steve Lennon had edged out Michael Smith.

O'Connor landed four 180s and took out finishes of 88, 70 and a match-winning 64 to seal the shock success over four-time World Cup winners England.
Emerging Irish Ace, Lennon had earlier given Ireland the advantage by defeating Smith 4-3 before O'Connor's incredible performance sealed their place in the quarter-finals for the first time.
"It's an incredible feeling," said O'Connor, who won his first PDC title just over a month ago.
"It just clicked for us tonight. We knew we could beat them but to put in a performance like that against a former World Champion and one of the best players in the world is particularly special for me.
"We are going to take loads of confidence from this. We are enjoying ourselves and we will be dangerous on the final day."
Fifth seeds Australia also suffered an upset as Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson both lost their Singles matches against Canada.
Dawson Murschell and Jim Long both won last-leg deciders to set-up a quarter-final meeting with defending champions Netherlands, who eased past Poland to progress.
Murschell edged out Whitlock in an eventful encounter, in which the Australian skipper took out back-to-back 126 checkouts on the bull to lead 3-2.
A 180 helped Murschell level up and the 23-year-old put Canada in front by taking out 97 in the deciding leg.
Long then came from 3-1 behind to defeat Anderson, who missed a dart in the last leg to take it to a Doubles decider.
Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena both won their Singles ties to see off the Polish pairing of Krzysztof Ratajski and Tytus Kanik.
Van Gerwen took out a brilliant 123 finish on the bull to win a crucial fifth leg against Ratajski as the world number one went on to win 4-2.
Kanik threatened to put Poland back in the tie when he won the first leg of his match against Wattimena by following a 180 with a clinical 90 checkout.
After Wattimena levelled, Kanik went seven darts into a potential nine-darter in what proved to be a pivotal third leg as he was cruelly punished for a string of missed doubles by the Dutchman who pinned the bull to complete an 88 combination on the way to a 4-1 victory.
"I don't think either of us performed at one-hundred-percent but we hit the right shots at the right moments," said van Gerwen.
"We are not afraid of anybody and we are going to beat everybody. We are a great team and everybody knows that."
Scotland moved safely through to the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday afternoon.
Gary Anderson set the number two seeds on their way with a 4-0 success over Magnus Caris in the 50-year-old Swede's final game before he retires from professional darts.
Peter Wright was less comfortable in his win against Dennis Nilsson, but a 4-2 victory wrapped up the tie.
Scotland will meet Belgium in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon after Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh sent hosts Germany crashing out of the tournament.
Huybrechts edged a dramatic encounter against Martin Schindler, who missed four darts to win a nail-biting deciding leg.
Schindler fired in seven perfect darts in the game's fifth leg, which he won but Belgian captain Huybrechts took the next two to pinch victory.
Germany never recovered as Hopp was beaten 4-0 by Van den Bergh, securing a last eight spot for the Belgian pair.
"I was expecting Max to play a lot better but I am really pleased we're through," said Van den Bergh.
"We don't think about who we are playing. We just focus on our own games and trust in each other. That's how we won today and we'll keep that attitude going forward."
Austria made light work of United States of America with a brace of Singles wins to set up a quarter-final clash with the Republic of Ireland.
Zoran Lerchbacher defeated Darin Young 4-1 before Mensur Suljovic produced a sublime display to whitewash Chuck Puleo.
Former Champions League winner Suljovic completed finishes of 100 and 126 as he averaged 113 in a 4-0 triumph.
New Zealand reached the quarter-finals for the first time after winning a topsy-turvy affair against South Africa.
Cody Harris claimed a 4-0 victory over Vernon Bouwers to put New Zealand ahead until Devon Petersen hit back with a whitewash win against Haupai Puha.
Petersen averaged almost 102 and took out a brilliant 132 checkout in a high-quality singles match but the South African captain found his team 3-0 down in the doubles decider.
South Africa rallied back a to win the next two legs but Puha finally landed tops to complete victory.
New Zealand will face Japan in the last eight after Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu both claimed Singles match victories to progress at the expense of Singapore.

Asada defeated Paul Lim, who led 3-2 after consecutive checkouts of 160 and 72 but Asada won the last two legs to earn the win.
Muramatsu then enjoyed a 4-2 triumph over Harith Lim to seal Japan's place in the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year.

The event the concludes on Sunday, with the quarter-finals in the afternoon session to be followed by the semi-finals and final in the evening session.

Written by Chris Murphy
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2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts
Saturday June 8
Second Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
New Zealand 2-1 South Africa
Singles One: Cody Harris 4-0 Vernon Bouwers
Singles Two: Haupai Puha 0-4 Devon Petersen
Doubles: New Zealand 4-2 South Africa
Japan 2-0 Singapore
Singles One: Seigo Asada 4-3 Paul Lim
Singles Two: Haruki Muramatsu 4-2 Harith Lim
Scotland 2-0 Sweden
Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-0 Magnus Caris
Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-2 Dennis Nilsson
Belgium 2-0 Germany
Singles One: Kim Huybrechts 4-3 Martin Schindler
Singles Two: Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-0 Max Hopp
Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Canada 2-0 Australia
Singles One: Dawson Murschell 4-3 Simon Whitlock
Singles Two: Jim Long 4-3 Kyle Anderson
Austria 2-0 USA
Singles One: Zoran Lerchbacher 4-1 Darin Young
Singles Two: Mensur Suljovic 4-0 Chuck Puleo
Republic of Ireland 2-0 England
Singles One: Steve Lennon 4-3 Michael Smith
Singles Two: William O'Connor 4-1 Rob Cross
Netherlands 2-0 Poland
Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 4-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Singles Two: Jermaine Wattimena 4-1 Tytus Kanik
Saturday 9 June - Order of Play
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Quarter-Finals
New Zealand v Japan
Scotland v Belgium
Republic of Ireland v Austria
Canada v Netherlands

Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Semi-Finals
Final
Format: 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.

DUTCH SWEEP ASIDE SPAIN

REIGNING champions Netherlands made a sensational start to their title defence at the 2019 BetVictor World Cup of Darts by whitewashing Spain on Friday night, as England and Australia also moved into round two in Hamburg.

World Champion Michael van Gerwen was joined by debutant Jermaine Wattimena in the Dutch side, with four-time World Cup winner Raymond van Barneveld missing out for the first time in the event's history in 2019.

However, Wattimena showed his quality as the Dutch disposed of Spain's Cristo Reyes and Toni Alcinas in under ten minutes in a clinical performance.

Wattimena took out 108 to win the tie's opening leg and also landed key finishes in leg three and four before Van Gerwen checked out 82 to seal a comprehensive win.

"I'm really pleased," said Van Gerwen. "Jermaine was phenomenal and it was a pleasure to play with him - he did really well and couldn't have done much better.

"We are here to defence our title and we're still favourites. I think we are strong as a team, we've started off really well and are confident."

Wattimena admitted: "I was a bit nervous but it felt really great. It's a lot of pressure but with Michael next to me, I feel more confidence."

The Netherlands now play Poland in Saturday's second round, after Krzysztof Ratajski and Tytus Kanik proved too strong for the Czech Republic's Karel Sedlacek and Pavel Jirkal by finishing five doubles from nine attempts in a 5-2 victory.

The Polish duo took command by winning the first three legs without reply, with a 160 finish from Sedlacek helping the Czech duo to cut the gap to 4-2 before Ratajski sealed the win on tops with a 14-darter.

England opened their bid to win a fifth World Cup title with a resounding 5-1 win over the Philippines, as Michael Smith made a strong debut in the tournament alongside Rob Cross.

Cross kicked off the tie with a 106 finish, before Smith landed the winning double in the next three legs as England moved into a commanding 4-0 lead.

Lourence Ilagan took out tops for the Philippines to reply in leg five, but England swiftly wrapped up victory as Smith posted double eight.

"It's been a dream of mine to play for my country, and it's up there with some of my biggest games," said Smith, the 2019 World Championship finalist.

"Every kid wants to represent their country in any sport and I've done it now - but we're here to win this, I'm going to make sure we take the medals home.

"We gelled well then and I hit some good scores at the right time and we got the job done."

Cross added: "I think without Michael tonight I would have struggled a bit more. I didn't play my best tonight and I don't think Michael did but we had good chemistry."

William O'Connor landed the winning double for the Republic of Ireland in four out of five legs as he joined Steve Lennon in seeing off Greece 5-1.

Lennon's double 15 gave Ireland the opener before Veniamin Symeonidis took out tops to level, but O'Connor proved too clinical by claiming the next four as they moved into the second round.

"We're happy with the win and that's all we could aim for today," said O'Connor. "Both of us are capable of producing world class darts, we can beat anyone out there on our day so we'll have to wait and see.

"We'll be giving it our best and whoever beats us is going to have to earn it."

Australia won a shoot-out with Finland to secure their last 16 spot, with Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson claiming a 5-4 win with a 14-darter in the deciding leg.

Finland's Marko Kantele and Kim Viljanen led 1-0 and came from 2-1 down to lead 3-2 in mid-game, only for Australia to level with a 13-darter and then move 4-3 up.

Tops for Finland saw them take the tie all the way, but Whitlock and Anderson both opened the decider with 180s before Whitlock finished 70 in two darts to claim victory.

"It means the world to us," said Whitlock, who was a finalist in 2012. "We are so passionate about our country and this is a great win for us.

"To go 140 and 140 in the last leg you get a little bit of a cushion and we took full advantage of it. I'd love to win this tournament - we play well together and are a great team."

Australia now play Canada, for whom Dawson Murschell and debutant Jim Long overcame Italy's Andrea Micheletti and Stefano Tomassetti 5-3 in a high-quality encounter.

Micheletti fired in a 116 finish in leg two and the Italians levelled in leg four with a 13-darter and shared the opening six legs.

However, Canada followed up a superb 106 checkout in leg five with tops to move 4-3 up, before Long landed double ten to seal a winning World Cup debut.

Austria mounted a fightback from 3-1 down against Russia to claim a 5-3 victory as Mensur Suljovic and Zoran Lerchbacher booked their second round place.

Russian pair Boris Koltsov and Aleksey Kadochnikov came from a leg down to take the next three, including a brilliant 116 finish from the latter to break in leg three with a 12-darter.

Austria, though, stepped in to take the next two to level before Lerchbacher finished 138 to move his country 4-3 up, and Suljovic sealed victory on double 16 for a 13-dart leg.

The Austrians now face the American pair of Darin Young and Chuck Puleo, who booked their place in the last 16 with a 5-1 win over China’s Xiaochen Zong and Yuanjun Liu.

After sharing the opening two legs, USA found their rhythm and combined well to move into a 3-1 advantage.

Young then took the fifth leg for the Americans, before Puleo secured victory on his World Cup debut by landing double three.

Saturday's second round will begin in the afternoon session as Thursday's winning nations return to the stage for their last 16 ties, as the tournament moves into a format of two Singles ties and a possible Doubles decider.

Two-time finalists Scotland face Sweden, while 2013 runners-up Belgium meet host nation Germany.

Thursday's giant-killers South Africa open up against New Zealand before Singapore look to follow up their upset victory over Wales when they face Japan.

Nicholson's World Cup Predictions

FORMER BetVictor World Cup of Darts finalist Paul Nicholson previews and predicts what will happen at this year's event.

Paul, as one of the most synonymous names in the event's history, tell us what it means to represent your country at the World Cup.

Playing for your country means everything to anyone in professional sport, even more so for the smaller darting nations like Brazil who have added a lot to the competition in recent years.

It's a completely different experience because you've got to work alongside your partner and make sure your chemistry is right.

That's why Simon and I had some success because we really clicked and wanted to work for each other. The pairings who do that will go the furthest.

Experience in this competition plays a part, which may make certain teams stronger than others, but then again people who haven't played here before are very dangerous because they have no pressure on them.

I think the strength in depth is now greater than ever and on the face of it this is by far the most open World Cup we've ever seen.

Who do you think can cause an upset in the first round?

Realistically, I can't see many upsets in the first round, but I think there will be a lot of close games.

If there is to be an upset I think it could be Singapore against Wales. Jonny Clayton has been out of form a bit lately, but then he's playing alongside Gerwyn Price who may be able to drag him back into some form, but playing Singapore is not an easy prospect.

England playing the Philippines isn't a straight-forward game by any stretch. Lourence Ilagan is a little pocket of energy and he will bring the game to England. Rob Cross needs to step up and show Michael Smith the way, and they could be in bother if they come into the game flat.

I also wouldn't rule out Italy surprising Canada, and Belgium v Hong Kong will be a blockbuster you won't want to miss.

Who are your dark horses for a big run in the tournament?

I think we've got to watch out for the Republic of Ireland. Steve Lennon and William O'Connor have shown great form over the last 12 months and they could be on course for a tasty match-up with England.

Poland's Krzysztof Ratajski and Tytus Kanik are amazing players individually, and if they can work together as a team they could defeat the Netherlands and Australia and reach the semi-finals.

And most importantly, who will win it?

Of course, I would love to see Australia win it. Simon Whitlock has come so close on a number of occasions, and it would be really heartwarming if he could finally get his hands on the trophy.

However, the team I think will win it is Northern Ireland. I think Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan will be right up for this, they're both playing well, they've played well as a team in the past and I think this is their time.

Scotland could also be in the mix. Peter Wright has been playing better lately, but we don't know how Gary Anderson is playing after his lay-off so there's a question mark over them.

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