The 2021 World Cup of Darts draws to a fascinating conclusion in Jena on Sunday as the remaining eight nations…
The 2021 World Cup of Darts draws to a fascinating conclusion in Jena on Sunday as the remaining eight nations battle it out for the title.
The cream has risen to the top in this year’s pairs event, with seven of the eight seeded nations safely progressing to the final day of action.
A mouth-watering double session on Sunday sees the Quarter-Finals take centre stage in the afternoon before the Semi-Finals and final are contested in the evening.
Wales are bidding to become only the third team since 2010 to successfully retain the title and face off against Australia at the Quarter-Final stage for the second year running.
Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton narrowly edged out Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta in a thrilling contest last time around, and the Aussies will be keen to gain revenge and remain in the running for a first World Cup crown.
World Champion Price and Premier League champion Clayton survived a scare against Lithuania on Saturday, needing a pairs decider to seal their spot in the Last Eight.
Whitlock and Heta, meanwhile, remain emotionally-charged as they look to honour Kyle Anderson’s memory by picking up the trophy, and have so far seen off Italy and the USA with relative ease.
A partisan atmosphere is expected inside the Sparkassen Arena as hosts Germany take on sporting rivals England.
This will be the first meeting between the two nations since 2015 when Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis defeated Jyhan Artut and Max Hopp en route to the title.
The all-new pairing of James Wade and Dave Chisnall are now vying to deliver England’s fifth World Cup crown and have started brightly with comfortable wins over Brazil and South Africa.
Hopp and Gabriel Clemens, meanwhile, were involved in an epic struggle against Japan in Round Two and needed a doubles decider to advance after both had missed numerous darts at doubles in their respective singles rubbers.
Four-time champions Netherlands take on 2019 winners Scotland in another unmissable show-down.
Michael van Gerwen, eyeing his first title of the season, has linked up effectively with debutant Dirk van Duijvenbode so far to defeat Denmark and Singapore, but the pair can expect a much tougher test against the vastly experienced Peter Wright and John Henderson.
Wright, who partnered Gary Anderson to glory two years ago, has continued his impressive record in this event, while late call-up Henderson has stepped up to the mark, notably beating Krzysztof Ratajski 4-2 in their win over Poland on Saturday.
The opening Quarter-Final tie sees Northern Ireland take on Austria – the only unseeded nation left standing in the competition.
Veteran duo Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan recovered from their nervy opener against Hong Kong to brush aside Jose De Sousa and Jose Marques of Portugal without dropping a single leg.
Northern Ireland are now into their first PDC World Cup Quarter-Final since 2016, and face a tricky tussle against former Champions League of Darts winner Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez.
The Austrian aces stunned former finalists Belgium 2-0 on Saturday and will be quietly confident of continuing their charge under the radar.
The action gets under way from 12pm BST, with Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals played as two best of seven legs singles matches.
In the event of both nations winning one singles match apiece, a best of seven-leg Doubles match will be played to decide the tie.
The final will be played as two best of seven leg singles matches, followed by a best of seven-leg doubles match and then reverse singles matches. The first team to win three games is declared the winner.
World Cup of Darts 2021 Day Four Schedule of Play
All times BST
Sunday September 12
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Austria v Northern Ireland
England v Germany
Wales v Australia
Netherlands v Scotland
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
England/Germany v Austria/Northern Ireland
Wales/Australia v Netherlands/Scotland