The 2022 World Cup of Darts draws to a close in Frankfurt on Sunday as the eight remaining nations aim…
The 2022 World Cup of Darts draws to a close in Frankfurt on Sunday as the eight remaining nations aim to get their hands on the trophy.
For the first time in the 12-year history of the tournament, the top eight seeds will all feature in the Quarter-Finals at the Eissporthalle.
The cream has risen to the top over the past three days, now the big guns collide over two unmissable sessions in a quest to deliver glory for their nation.
The opening Quarter-Final sees the new-look Dutch duo of Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode take on the long-term pairing of Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan of Northern Ireland.
The Netherlands are without Michael van Gerwen for the first time in a decade but have powered their way into the latter stages with crushing wins over Brazil and Republic of Ireland, with Van Duijvenbode notably averaging 110.6 in his singles win over Steve Lennon on Saturday.
Northern Ireland survived a scare against Gibraltar in Round One before overcoming New Zealand in successive singles rubbers and are now eyeing a place in the Semi-Finals for the first time since 2016.
Wales, the 2020 champions, will look to spoil the party in Frankfurt by knocking out host nation Germany.
Decorated duo Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton needed a sudden death leg to see off Austria’s Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez in a pairs decider on Saturday but will be determined to get the job done in the singles this time around.
Gabriel Clemens and Martin Schindler, meanwhile, edged out Spain 5-4 in their opener before brushing aside Denmark in successive singles and are now bidding to reach the Semi-Finals for the second time in three years.
Belgium have continued their consistent record in this competition by reaching a a tenth World Cup Quarter-Final in 11 years, and they now face 2012 finalists Australia.
Dimitri van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts have already dispatched Japan and Poland with relative ease but will be poised for a tough test from World Cup ever-present Simon Whitlock and top-ranked Aussie Damon Heta.
Whitlock and Huybrechts were involved in the infamous Quarter-Final between these two nations in 2015 which ended in a dramatic pairs win for Belgium.
Reigning champions Scotland put their title on the line against the auld enemy England as Peter Wright and John Henderson face Michael Smith and James Wade.
Scotland are vying to become only the third nation to successfully retain this title but are yet to hit form so far this week, averaging 88 in their pairs win over Hong Kong, before needing a pairs decider to see off Portugal in the Last 16.
England, meanwhile, averaged 98.8 in a 5-1 rout of Czech Republic, but defeat for Wade against Madars Razma meant they needed a pairs decider to stave off a banana skin against Latvia in Round Two.
England have won this title on a joint record four occasions, but both Smith and Wade are out to get their hands on the trophy for the first time.
Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals will be 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 2022 Day Four Schedule
All times BST (local time one hour ahead)
Sunday June 19
Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)
Netherlands v Northern Ireland
Wales v Germany
Belgium v Australia
England v Scotland
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Netherlands/Northern Ireland v Wales/Germany
England/Scotland v Belgium/Australia
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