Top seeds England survived an early scare before booking their place in the World Cup of Darts second round with…
Top seeds England survived an early scare before booking their place in the World Cup of Darts second round with a 5-2 victory over Brazil.
Led by James Wade and Dave Chisnall, the three-time champions are looking to go one better than last year, when they were beaten by Wales in the final.
UK Open champion Wade is making his first appearance since the inaugural event in 2010, while world number seven Chisnall returns having last appeared three years ago.
They fell 2-1 behind against the Brazilian duo of Diogo Portela and Artur Valle, who were aiming to avoid a third successive first-round exit.
However, the top seeds’ quality eventually showed as they reeled off four straight legs to prevail.
England set up a second-round date with South Africa, who scraped past Spain 5-4.
Devon Peterson and Carl Gabriel were on the brink of falling at the first hurdle for the second year running. But Jesus Noguera narrowly missed out on a 78 checkout in the decider after wiring tops, which Gabriel landed at the third attempt.
Fifth seeds Northern Ireland also required a deciding leg to see off Hong Kong and avoid a third straight round-one exit.
Although unable to pull away from their stubborn opponents, who survived five match darts in leg eight, Daryl Gurney and World Cup ever-present Brendan Dolan dominated the decider to squeeze through.
Next up for them is Jose de Sousa’s Portugal, who recovered from 3-1 down to defeat the Republic of Ireland – finalists in 2019 – 5-4.
Belgium endured no such difficulties; Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts enjoying a commanding 5-2 win over Greece.
The fourth seeds have reached the semi-finals five times in the last six years and averted an early upset against the Greek pair of John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis, who were late replacements for Croatia.
The Belgians will face Austria, who hit five out of six finishes, with Mensur Suljovic firing in a top checkout of 104 in his nation’s commanding 5-1 success over the Philippines.
Hosts Germany came through a closely fought encounter with Canada 5-3.
Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens reached the semi-finals of last year’s event, and the latter hit a top checkout of 118 as the eighth seeds’ quest to go the extra steps began with victory.
They will play the Japanese duo of Matsuda Jun and Yoshihisa Baba, who marked their World Cup debuts with a comfortable 5-1 success over Russia.
World Cup of Darts 2021 Results
Friday September 10
Russia 1-5 Japan
Spain 4-5 South Africa
Republic of Ireland 4-5 Portugal
Austria 5-1 Philippines
Northern Ireland 5-4 Hong Kong
Germany 5-3 Canada
England 5-2 Brazil
Belgium 5-2 Greece