Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton delivered Wales’ first World Cup of Darts title in clinical fashion by defeating rivals England…
Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton delivered Wales’ first World Cup of Darts title in clinical fashion by defeating rivals England 3-0 in the final in Salzburg.
Wales, appearing in the final for the third time, punished Michael Smith and Rob Cross in a dominant final display to claim the prestigious pairs title.
The former Rugby players powered past Australia and Germany on the final day at the Salzburgarena before denying England a record fifth World Cup triumph without the needed for reverse singles matches.
The opening Singles tie of the final saw world number three Price storm to a 4-1 victory over Smith, before Clayton averaged 105 in a 4-2 success over Cross to double Wales’ lead.
Smith and Cross battled hard to try and extend the contest as they forced a deciding leg in the pairs shoot-out, but it was Price who took out 64 to clinch victory for the Welshmen.
“I’m the proudest man on the planet right now and to play with Gezzy, the best player in the world at the moment, I’m just so happy,” said Clayton.
“This means the world to me, and to beat England in the final, I’m so proud.”
Price has claimed back-to-back Grand Slam of Darts titles and added the World Grand Prix and World Series of Darts Finals in a memorable year, but admitted: “It’s the proudest moment of my darting career – I’m quite emotional.
“I’ve had some success recently for myself but to win this for Wales this means so much to me.
“I know I’m playing well at the moment but this is a doubles game and I couldn’t win it without Jonny. This is a team and we deserve it.”
Smith and Cross fell short in their bid to emulate Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis’ past success and admitted: “We’re proud of what we’ve done this weekend but we didn’t play our best in the final and they deserved to beat us.”
“It’s amazing just to be here and playing darts but I have to say the better pair won today and they fully deserve it,” said Smith.
“We’ve given it our all this weekend and dug deep when we needed to, but just didn’t do enough in the end.”
England began the final day of action with a dramatic 4-3 pairs victory over Austria’s Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez.
Suljovic had come from 3-0 down to edge past Smith with a stunning 109 average before Rodriguez squandered multiple match darts against Cross in what proved to be the turning point.
The doubles decider also went all the way to a deciding leg – where it was England who prevailed to set up a Semi-Final clash with Belgium.
A doubles decider was also required in Wales’ Quarter-Final clash with Australia after Price defeated Simon Whitlock but Clayton slipped to defeat against debutant Damon Heta.
Wales, though, held their nerve to wrap up a 4-2 victory in the pairs tie.
The Semi-Finals saw England take on Belgium and Wales face Germany – who had knocked out the Netherlands in the previous round, taking advantage of a back injury that saw Michael van Gerwen require treatment earlier in the morning.
Cross and Smith safely saw off Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts respectively without the need for a doubles decider.
It was also proved plain sailing for Wales as Price overcame Gabriel Clemens 4-2 and Clayton denied Max Hopp by the same scoreline.
Germany’s run to the semi-finals saw them break ground, as debutant Clemens and the experienced Hopp enjoyed a memorable weekend.
Wales’ success also means that Clayton qualifies for the upcoming Grand Slam of Darts in Coventry.
World Cup of Darts 2020 Results
Sunday November 8
Canada 1-2 Belgium
Singles One: Jeff Smith 1-4 Kim Huybrechts
Singles Two: Matt Campbell 4-1 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Doubles: Smith/Campbell 2-4 Huybrechts/Van den Bergh
England 2-1 Austria
Singles One: Michael Smith 3-4 Mensur Suljovic
Singles Two: Rob Cross 4-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Doubles : Smith/Cross 4-3 Suljovic/Rodriguez
Wales 2-1 Australia
Singles One: Gerwyn Price 4-3 Simon Whitlock
Singles Two: Jonny Clayton 2-4 Damon Heta
Doubles: Price/Clayton 4-2 Whitlock/Heta
Netherlands 1-2 Germany
Singles One: Danny Noppert 3-4 Gabriel Clemens
Singles Two: Michael van Gerwen 4-1 Max Hopp
Doubles: Noppert/Van Gerwen 3-4 Clemens/Hopp
England 2-0 Belgium
Singles One: Michael Smith 4-3 Kim Huybrechts
Singles Two: Rob Cross 4-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Wales 2-0 Germany
Singles One: Gerwyn Price 4-2 Gabriel Clemens
Singles Two: Jonny Clayton 4-2 Max Hopp
Wales 3-0 England
Singles One: Gerwyn Price 4-1 Michael Smith
Singles Two: Jonny Clayton 4-2 Rob Cross
Doubles: Wales 4-3 England