Wright and Henderson secure World Cup of Darts glory for Scotland

Scotland secured World Cup of Darts glory for a second time as Peter Wright and John Henderson defeated Austria’s Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez in the final in Jena.

Wright partnered Gary Anderson to victory two years ago and this time helped ensure the greatest moment of Henderson’s career as they scooped the trophy.

The pair had seen off China and Poland to win through to Sunday’s final stages, and overcame two former champions to continue their title bid.

The Scots firstly came from one point behind to win their Quarter-Final against the Netherlands in a dramatic sudden-death leg of their pairs decider against Michael van Gerwen and Dirk van Duijvenbode.

The duo then ended Wales’ title defence in an epic Semi-Final which also went to a sudden-death leg in their doubles contest.

Austria, meanwhile, survived three missed match darts from Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan in a sudden-death leg in their Quarter-Final and then defeated England 2-0 to reach their first World Cup final.

Suljovic got Austria off to a flying start in the final by defeating Henderson 4-1 – hitting a 160 finish along the way – only for Wright to overcome Rodriguez by the same scoreline to level.

A dramatic Doubles tie saw Austria open up a 3-0 lead, only to miss five match darts as Scotland pulled back level.

Suljovic then missed two darts at tops in the deciding leg as Henderson held his nerve on double ten to put Scotland 2-1 up and one tie away from victory.

That came in the next Singles clash, as Wright opened up a 2-0 lead over Suljovic and also took out 156 before holding off his rival’s fightback to finish double 16 and seal glory for the Scots.

“To go back home as World Cup champions, I’m speechless,” admitted Henderson. “To win this means everything – it’s my first PDC title and it’s been an honour to play with Peter.

“How he kept his nerve in that last game I don’t know. It’s been a team effort but I think we’ve been the best side throughout the whole tournament.

“It’s a team game but he’s a legend. I’ve got to thank Peter for everything he’s done this week and all the advice.

“He has mentored me and I can’t thank him enough. He’s captained me so well and looked after me this weekend, and I believe his captaincy won this for us.”

The victory was the biggest of Henderson’s ten-year PDC career and also secures him a spot in November’s Grand Slam of Darts.

“It’s fantastic for Scotland and I’m going to enjoy this,” said an emotional Henderson. “Hopefully I can kick-start my own career and this is the start of many things to come.”

Wright, who won the World Matchplay in July, made it back-to-back TV titles to continue his memorable season so far.

“It means so much to me,” said Wright. “Every time I play I’m putting everything on the line.

“We had the hardest draw but John helped to carry me through. He stood up proud and hit the doubles to get us into the final.

“It was a privilege to play with him – John’s going to take over the world now like Jonny Clayton did after winning it last year.”

The Austrian duo have also put themselves in provisional qualifying places for the Grand Slam after they enjoyed their country’s best-ever World Cup campaign.

For Suljovic, the weekend in Jena was a successful return to the big stage after missing the World Matchplay through illness.

“It’s a brilliant feeling,” said Suljovic. “I’m so happy I’m back.

“After three months out I said I would give my best but asked Rowby to help me. I’m so happy to be in the final with my best friend.”

Rodriguez, meanwhile, was appearing in his first televised final since the 2014 World Youth Championship and is hoping to use the success as a springboard for his career.

“Of course if you lose the final you’re disappointed, but for me there’s happiness to get to the final,” said Rodriguez.

“We didn’t expect anything – we were not seeded and we went to the final. If you’re in the final you want to be the champion, but unfortunately we didn’t.

“I played really good in the semi-final but I didn’t play my game in the final. We shouldn’t have lost the Doubles game when we were 3-0 up.”

England’s James Wade and Dave Chisnall ended host nation Germany’s hopes in the Quarter-Finals with a 2-0 success as they dropped just one leg against Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp.

Wales had continued their title defence with a 2-0 Quarter-Final defeat of Australia, although they required a 144 checkout from Clayton to snatch victory in the second Singles tie against Damon Heta.

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World Cup of Darts 2021 Results

Sunday September 12

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals

Austria 2-1 Northern Ireland
Mensur Suljovic 3-4 Brendan Dolan
Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-2 Daryl Gurney
Suljovic/Rodriguez 4-3 Gurney/Dolan

England 2-0 Germany
James Wade 4-1 Gabriel Clemens
Dave Chisnall 4-0 Max Hopp

Wales 2-0 Australia
Gerwyn Price 4-1 Simon Whitlock
Jonny Clayton 4-3 Damon Heta

Netherlands 1-2 Scotland
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 John Henderson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-4 Peter Wright
Van Gerwen/Van Duijvenbode 3-4 Wright/Henderson

Evening Session

Semi-Finals

England 0-2 Austria
James Wade 1-4 Mensur Suljovic
Dave Chisnall 1-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Wales 1-2 Scotland
Gerwyn Price 2-4 John Henderson
Jonny Clayton 4-2 Peter Wright
Price/Clayton 3-4 Wright/Henderson

Final

Austria 1-3 Scotland

Mensur Suljovic 4-1 John Henderson
Rowby-John Rodriguez 1-4 Peter Wright
Doubles – Suljovic/Rodriguez 3-4 Wright/Henderson
Mensur Suljovic 3-4 Peter Wright

World Cup of Darts 2021 Day Four preview and order of play | Final eight vie for glory

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.

James Wade and Dave Chisnall celebrate (Photo by Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

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.

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World Cup of Darts 2021 Day Four Schedule of Play

All times BST

Sunday September 12

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

Quarter-Finals
Austria v Northern Ireland
England v Germany
Wales v Australia
Netherlands v Scotland

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Semi-Finals
England/Germany v Austria/Northern Ireland
Wales/Australia v Netherlands/Scotland

Final

Wales and Germany survive pairs deciders to reach World Cup of Darts Quarter-Finals

Reigning champions Wales and hosts Germany came through pairs deciders to reach the Quarter-Finals of the 2021 World Cup of Darts in Jena on Saturday.

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton were pushed all the way by Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas and Mindaugas Barauskas before continuing their bid to retain the title with a 2-1 success.

World Champion Price had defeated Barauskas 4-2 in their singles tie, before Labanauskas overcame Premier League winner Clayton by the same scoreline to force a doubles show-down.

That game went all the way despite Wales going 2-0 ahead, with Labanauskas finishing double seven, a 116 checkout and 64 to take three of the next four and force sudden-death.

However, Barauskas was unable to finish 96 as Lithuania had the first opportunity to claim victory, and Price landed double four to avoid a huge upset.

“I didn’t want it to go to the end but I’m glad we came through it,” admitted Price. “It was a bit nerve-wracking at the end but you need a little bit of luck to win tournaments.

“I seem to live for those pressure moments; the better someone plays, I seem to pull a little bit extra out of the bag and Jonny does as well.

“We got through the Doubles and it’s a team game at the end of the day and if one of slip up, one of us is there to back them up as well.

“Going into tomorrow against Australia I think we both know we need to perform a lot better and I think we will.”

Germany’s Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp survived a scare from Japan before coming through a Doubles decider 4-2 to seal their Quarter-Final spot.

The Japanese debutants continued their impressive World Cup campaign as Jun Matsuda pushed Clemens all the way in the opening singles tie before Yoshihisa Baba whitewashed Hopp 4-0 with the aid of two ton-plus checkouts.

However, Hopp showed his class to bounce back in the doubles contest, as the German duo punished missed doubles from Japan to progress.

“It was a crazy game,” admitted Hopp, who sealed victory with a 108 checkout. “I came good in the end but I’m really sorry for my performance tonight.

“It wasn’t the Max I know, but Gabriel played a good first game and we showed some team character there and we are through to the next round.

“It wasn’t the performance we expected from both of us. I only had one or two minutes before the Doubles but I had to fight for my country and I needed to put that right.

“We are just glad to be through. I think we both need to rest, forget this night and focus on tomorrow.”

Clemens and Hopp celebrate (Photo by Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

Germany will now play England after James Wade and Dave Chisnall comfortably overcome South Africa 2-0 to ease into the Last Eight.

Carl Gabriel capitalised on a slow start from Wade to win the opening leg of their Singles tie, but legs of 13 and 14 darts put the UK Open champion in command before he sealed a 4-1 win.

Dave Chisnall then sealed England’s quarter-final spot with a 4-2 defeat of Devon Petersen, claiming a key break of throw in leg four to move 3-1 up before closing out the victory.

Four-time winners Netherlands will face 2019 champions Scotland in a tasty quarter-final tie on Sunday after they overcame Singapore and Poland respectively at the Sparkassen Arena.

Michael van Gerwen and Dirk van Duijvenbode progressed to with a 2-0 defeat of Singapore – although Harith Lim was left to rue a missed opportunity to force a Doubles decider.

Four-time World Cup winner Van Gerwen put the Dutch one-up in the tie with a 4-0 defeat of veteran campaigner Paul Lim in the opening Singles contest.

The second match went all the way as Harith Lim and Dirk van Duijvenbode traded finishes of 111 and 106 respectively on their way to a decisive seventh leg.

Van Duijvenbode was initially first to a finish before missing double 18 to give Lim a chance on 83 – but the left-hander missed a single 16 to leave the bull and allowed his opponent to return on double nine to move the Dutch duo through.

“Overall we can’t complain – when you win 2-0 against Singapore I think it’s a good performance,” said Van Gerwen.

“It’s always nice to win – we know how hard this tournament is and this format always brings more pressure. You have to try to get past it and I think Dirk and myself did quite well.

“I’m looking forward to the next game. I think there’s still more in the tank, we both know that, but that’s something for tomorrow.”

Scotland avoided defeat against Poland as Peter Wright and John Henderson punished costly missed doubles from Krzysztof Kciuk and Krzysztof Ratajski in a 2-0 victory.

Wright had to come through a seven-leg contest with Kciuk in the opening Singles tie, with the Polish ace taking out 88 on the bull in the opening leg and holding throw two more times to lead 3-2.

Wright, though, finished 62 to force a deciding leg and pounced when Kciuk was unable to land tops for victory, taking out double 14 to give Scotland the edge.

Poland had moved Ratajski to second in the Singles to take on Henderson, having never lost against the Scot – but the move backfired.

Ratajski missed 12 darts at doubles in the opening two legs as Henderson capitalised, with finishes of 65 and 66 from the Polish ace seeing him pull back to 3-2 only to see the Scot close out the win by taking out 60 on tops.

“We talked tactics about what Poland would do and it backfired,” admitted Wright. “Personally I thought Krzysztof Ratajski would have gone up first and I was up for that game.

“I didn’t perform well and I had to dig deep to try and get the win, and lucky enough I did. I was trying to take the pressure off John.

“I felt like I let John down in the way I played – I know I won, but hats off to John. He played fantastic and we got a win!”

Austria denied Belgium a spot in a tenth successive Quarter-Final as Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez overcame Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh in superb fashion.

Belgium have reached at least the last eight in every year since 2012, but saw Austria secure a spot in their fifth quarter-final in six years with a 2-0 success.

Suljovic performed brilliantly to win a high-quality opening Singles tie with Huybrechts 4-1, averaging almost 108 – with the Belgian landing four 180s as he also averaged 108.

Suljovic landed legs of 13, 14, 12 and 14 darts which included a 136 checkout in a sensational display to deny the 2013 runner-up.

Rodriguez then showed his quality with a 4-2 defeat of Van den Bergh, punishing 11 missed doubles from the 2020 World Matchplay winner as he came from a leg down to ensure Austria’s spot against Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland won through to the quarter-finals for the first time in five years as they cruised past Portugal without dropping a leg.

Brendan Dolan set the tone for the game with a clinical 4-0 defeat of Jose Marques, hitting four doubles from seven attempts and averaging over 95.

Daryl Gurney then opened his tie with Jose De Sousa with a 12-darter and averaged 97 as he saw off the reigning Grand Slam champion to seal Northern Ireland’s spot in the final day of action.

Australia reached the Quarter-Finals for the eighth time in 11 appearances by overcoming a spirited challenge from the USA to set up a show-down with Wales.

World Cup ever-present Simon Whitlock looked set to cruise past Danny Lauby when legs of 11 and 13 darts helped him into a 3-0 lead – missing double 18 for a nine-darter in leg two.

Lauby, though, responded with a 14-darter and then took out 170 for a 12-darter before levelling the tie at three-all, but Whitlock was too strong in the decider to claim a 4-3 win.

Chuck Puleo then won the opening leg against Damon Heta, who hit back to lead 3-1 before recovering from missing three match darts in leg five to close out a 4-2 success and secure the tie.

The £350,000 tournament concludes on Sunday, with the afternoon session’s Quarter-Finals followed by the Semi-Finals and final in the evening.

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World Cup of Darts 2021 Results

Saturday September 11

Second Round

Afternoon Session

Northern Ireland 2-0 Portugal
Brendan Dolan 4-0 Jose Marques
Daryl Gurney 4-0 Jose De Sousa

England 2-0 South Africa
James Wade 4-1 Carl Gabriel
Dave Chisnall 4-2 Devon Petersen

Australia 2-0 USA
Simon Whitlock 4-3 Danny Lauby
Damon Heta 4-2 Chuck Puleo

Belgium 0-2 Austria
Kim Huybrechts 1-4 Mensur Suljovic
Dimitri van den Bergh 2-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Evening Session

Scotland 2-0 Poland
Peter Wright 4-3 Krzysztof Kciuk
John Henderson 4-2 Krzysztof Ratajski

Germany 2-1 Japan
Gabriel Clemens 4-2 Jun Matsuda
Max Hopp 0-4 Yoshihisa Baba
Clemens/Hopp 4-2 Matsuda/Baba

Netherlands 2-0 Singapore
Michael van Gerwen 4-0 Paul Lim
Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-3 Harith Lim

Wales 2-1 Lithuania
Gerwyn Price 4-2 Mindaugas Barauskas
Jonny Clayton 2-4 Darius Labanauskas
Price/Clayton 4-3 Labanauskas/Barauskas

World Cup of Darts 2021 Day Three preview and order of play | Singles action commences

The Second Round of the 2021 World Cup of Darts takes centre stage in Jena on Saturday as the top darting nations aim to make their move.

The opening round of the annual 32-nation event saw all eight seeded nations safely avert an early exit.

Now, the focus switches from pairs matches to singles, with a pairs match required as a decider should the two singles matches be split one apiece.

Wales step up the defence of their title with a tie against Lithuania as World Champion Gerwyn Price and Premier League champion Jonny Clayton face off against Darius Labanauskas and Mindaugas Barauskas of Lithuania.

Price and Clayton safely saw off Finland 5-2 on opening night, while Lithuania defeated Hungary 5-3 and are now eyeing what would be a monumental upset.

Four-time winners England, represented for the first time by the duo of James Wade and Dave Chisnall, continue their quest for glory with a clash against South Africa.

Wade and Chisnall eased past Brazil 5-2 on Friday night but will be wary of the threat posed by former Euro Tour event winner Devon Petersen and Carl Gabriel – who edged out Spain in a decider.

The afternoon session also sees former finalists Australia take on USA as Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta come up against Danny Lauby Jr and Chuck Puleo.

The Aussie duo are in pursuit of the trophy in memory of the late Kyle Anderson and made a perfect start by whitewashing Italy 5-0 on Thursday, while USA were also impressive in seeing off Sweden 5-1 with a 92 average.

Fifth seeds Northern Ireland face a tricky task against Portugal as World Cup veterans Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan face Jose De Sousa and José Marquês – making only their second appearance in the event.

Gurney and Dolan survived a major scare against Hong Kong in Round One, prevailing in a deciding leg, while Portugal pulled off a terrific last-leg win over 2019 runners-up Republic of Ireland.

Netherlands, the joint record four-time World Cup winners, aim to avoid becoming the latest victims of the two Lims – Paul and Harith of Singapore.

Michael van Gerwen linked up with Dirk van Duijvenbode for the first time as they cruised past Denmark 5-1, while Singapore came from 3-0 and 4-2 down to edge out Gibraltar, with 67-year-old Paul Lim taking out 116 in the decider to seal it.

Peter Wright, who claimed this title in 2019, is partnered by John Henderson for the first time as the Scottish duo look to seal their progress to the final day of action.

Scotland, who whitewashed China in Round One, now face the dangerous Polish pair of Krzysztof Ratajski and Krzysztof Kciuk – who averaged 105 in their thrilling win over Czech Republic to produce the stand-out performance of the First Round.

Fresh from their solid opening win over 2019 quarter-finalists Canada, hosts Germany face off against Japan as Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp aim to delight the partisan Jena crowd by overcoming debutants Matsuda Jun and Yoshihisa Baba.

Former finalists Belgium, represented by 2020 World Matchplay champion Dimitri van den Bergh and former Players Championship Finals runner-up Kim Huybrechts, take on another pair with World Cup experience aplenty in Mensur Suljović and Rowby-John Rodriguez.

Belgium dispatched Greece 5-2 in their opener, while Austria powered past the Philippines 5-1 and will be quietly confident of their chances this weekend.

The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with Second Round ties to 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 contested to decide the tie.

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World Cup of Darts 2021 Day Three Schedule

All times BST

Saturday September 11

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Northern Ireland v Portugal
England v South Africa
Australia v USA
Belgium v Austria

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)
Scotland v Poland
Germany v Japan
Netherlands v Singapore
Wales v Lithuania

England survive early scare to join Belgium in World Cup of Darts second round

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.

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World Cup of Darts 2021 Results

Friday September 10

First Round

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

World Cup of Darts 2021 Day Two preview and order of play | Pairs action continues in Jena

The opening round of the 2021 World Cup of Darts continues in Jena on Friday as a further quartet of seeded nations look to avoid an early exit.

Night One at the Sparkassen-Arena saw the big guns prevail with relative ease as defending champions Wales coasted through alongside Netherlands, Scotland and Australia.

Day Two of the World Cup of Darts features ties from the top half of the draw, with a number of top stars on show.

England are the joint-record four-time champions and launch their quest for further glory with an all-new pairing of James Wade and Dave Chisnall.

UK Open champion Wade is making his first appearance in this event since the inaugural staging in 2010, while Chisnall competed alongside Rob Cross in 2018.

The number one seeds start out with a tie against Brazil’s Diogo Portela and Artur Valle as they look to pull off what would be the biggest upset in World Cup of Darts history.

Belgium, the 2013 runners-up, open up with a clash against Greece as Dimitri van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts face John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis.

The Belgian pair reached the Semi-Finals last year before losing out to England and have been regulars at the back end of this event over the last decade.

Greece, meanwhile, received a late call-up following the withdrawal of Croatia and will be out to grasp their opportunity of an upset.

One of the most closely-matched ties of the night sees 2019 finalists Republic of Ireland take on Portugal as William O’Connor and Steve Lennon take on José de Sousa and José Marquês.

Ireland suffered a First Round exit last year, while Portugal reached Round Two on debut, with Grand Slam champion De Sousa joined by a man who hit a nine-darter at Qualifying School in February.

Fifth seeds Northern Ireland aim to avert a third consecutive First Round exit when they take on Hong Kong.

Vastly experienced duo Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan were semi-finalists in 2016 and have both been in resurgent form of late, while Tour Card holder Kai Fan Leung is joined for the first time by Man Lok Leung.

Arguably the stand-out tie of the evening sees hosts Germany take on potential dark horses Canada.

Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp return in front of a partisan crowd in Jena, having reached the Semi-Finals behind closed doors last year.

Jeff Smith and Matt Campbell made the Quarter-Finals last time out and return with in-form Campbell having recently secured his Tour Card via the Challenge Tour to join his compatriot on the circuit full-time in 2022.

Elsewhere, Mensur Suljović and Rowby-John Rodriguez renew their ever-dangerous partnership for Austria as they take on Lourence Ilagan and Christian Perez of the Philippines.

Jesús Noguera and José Justicia pair up for the first time for Spain as they meet World Cup veteran Devon Petersen and Carl Gabriel of South Africa.

The opening match of the night sees Boris Koltsov and debutant Evgenii Izotov of Russia lock horns with newcomers Matsuda Jun and Yoshihisa Baba of Japan.

The action gets under way from 6pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of nine legs in pairs format.

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World Cup of Darts 2021 Day Two Schedule

All times BST

Friday September 10

First Round

6.15pm Russia v Japan
6.45pm Spain v South Africa
7.15pm Republic of Ireland v Portugal
7.45pm Austria v Philippines
8.15pm Northern Ireland (5) v Hong Kong
8.45pm Germany (8) v Canada
9.15pm England (1) v Brazil
9.45pm Belgium (4) v Greece

Wales launch World Cup of Darts title defence as Scotland, Netherlands and Australia sail through

Wales made a strong start to their World Cup of Darts title defence in Jena on Thursday, as Netherlands, Australia and Scotland also comfortably progressed.

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton claimed World Cup glory for the first time last year and renewed their partnership in impressive fashion with a 5-2 defeat of Finland on opening night.

The Welsh duo won the opening four legs against Veijo Viinkka and Marko Kantele – who took out 95 using the bull and tops as the 2013 semi-finalists halved the gap at 4-2.

Wales, though, closed out victory as Premier League champion Clayton pinned double ten in the next leg as they moved through to a second round tie with Lithuania on Saturday.

“It was pretty decent early on,” said World Champion Price. “We got the job done and the first round is always the hardest one.

“It’s difficult to find a rhythm but we came through it. We know how well we can both play and I think we’ll be a force to be reckoned with now.

“Off the board we’re the best of friends and it certainly helps, That showed last year – we had a slow start today but hopefully we’ll pick our game up on Saturday.”

Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas and Mindaugas Barauskas won through to the Last 16 for the second successive year, defeating Hungary’s János Végső and Patrik Kovács 5-3 in the opening game of the tournament.

Patrick Kovacs took out a superb 135 bull finish in leg four to level, but Lithuania took the next two legs to move 4-2 up and Labanauskas held his nerve on double four to seal the win.

The Netherlands’ challenge to win a fifth World Cup title saw Michael van Gerwen and Dirk van Duijvenbode defeat Denmark’s Andreas Toft Jørgensen and Niels Heinsøe 5-1.

The Dutch duo found themselves a leg behind early on after Heinsøe pinned double six to win the opener and threaten an upset.

Debutant Van Duijvenbode levelled on double 16 in leg two, and Van Gerwen posted the winning double in the next four legs as the Dutch progressed to a last 16 tie with Singapore.

“It’s a dream come true but it’s also a little bit of pressure,” said Van Duijvenbode, the 2020 World Grand Prix runner-up.

“I’m playing with the best player in the world. I’m here to win. I’ve always been good in pairs in local competitions and I like it.”

Singapore’s Paul Lim and Harith Lim came from 3-0 and 4-2 down to defeat Gibraltar’s teenage pairing of Justin Hewitt and Sean Negrette 5-4.

A slow start saw Singapore slip behind, missing nine doubles to win the opening leg as Gibraltar stole the advantage and then finished 81 and double ten to take a three-leg lead.

Singapore won the next two before a 100 finish moved Gibraltar to the brink of only their second World Cup win – but Paul Lim landed tops to keep their hopes alive, Harith Lim finished 108 to take the game to a decider and the 67-year-old took out 116 to snatch victory.

“I’m glad we pulled through – it’s made the long trip worthwhile!” said Paul Lim. “My last competition was the World Championship in December and Harith has had no competition for a year.

“The first leg gave them a lot of confidence but darts is never over until it’s over. I told Harith we had to take one leg at a time.”

Scotland’s Peter Wright and John Henderson cruised past Chinese debutants Jianfeng Lu and Wenqing Liu as the 2019 champions began their bid to win a second World Cup title with a 5-0 whitewash.

The new pairing of Wright and Henderson teamed up strongly to deny the Chinese duo a dart at a double in a one-sided contest, which included a 13-darter in leg four and a two-dart 84 checkout from Henderson which wrapped up the win.

Henderson was a late call-up to the Scottish team in the absence of Gary Anderson, but said: “It’s always a privilege to put this shirt on.

“It’s fantastic. I love playing with Peter – it’s going to give me so much confidence, so I’m looking forward to Saturday. I’ve got the world number two by my side!”

Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski and Krzysztof Kciuk produced a sensational 105 average to defeat Czech Republic duo Karel Sedlacek and Adam Gawlas 5-2 in a high-quality contest.

Legs of 15, 14 and 13 darts helped the Polish pair into a 3-0 lead, with Sedlacek finishing 68 and Gawlas taking out 124 as they hit back to 4-2.

Poland had, though, taken out a 14-darter to win their fourth leg and Ratajski finished 122 to complete a superb display – ending with the second-highest average in the best-of-nine leg Doubles first round format.

Australian duo Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta paid tribute to Kyle Anderson after whitewashing Italy’s Danilo Vigato and Michele Turetta.

Whitlock had competed alongside Anderson in four World Cups, while Heta grew up in Perth with the former Auckland Darts Masters champion, who passed away last month.

The Australians are bidding to go one better than in 2012, when they were runners-up in the World Cup, and are aiming to use Anderson as an inspiration at the Sparkassen Arena this weekend.

They denied the Italian debutants a dart at a double in the tie, finishing with a flourish with legs of 13 and 14 darts to end the contest with a 93 average.

“I’m very emotional,” admitted Whitlock. “We’re not just playing for Australia, we’re playing for Kyle as well.

“It means the world to me and Damo. We’ve got our hearts on our sleeves and Kyle’s name on our sleeves. The atmosphere when the crowd were singing Kyle’s name was amazing.

“We’re thinking about Kyle with every single dart we throw and this is the one we really want. We’re focused on winning, not just for Australia but for Kyle.”

The Australians will now meet America after Danny Lauby and Chuck Puleo produced a strong performance to sweep aside Sweden’s Daniel Larsson and Johan Engström 5-1.

A high-quality opening saw Sweden counter an opening 13-darter from America with a 14-darter to level.

Lauby, though, hit tops to match that in leg three and landed a 180 as they break in the fourth, while the left-hander punished Sweden for missing the chance to steal the next as they moved 4-1 up, with Puleo then pinning double ten to complete a comprehensive victory.

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World Cup of Darts 2021 Results

Thursday September 9

First Round

Hungary 3-5 Lithuania
Czech Republic 2-5 Poland
Gibraltar 4-5 Singapore
USA 5-1 Sweden
Scotland 5-0 China
Netherlands 5-1 Denmark
Wales 5-2 Finland
Australia 5-0 Italy

World Cup of Darts 2021 Day One preview and order of play | Former winners aim to avoid early exit

The 2021 World Cup of Darts gets under way in Jena on Thursday with eight unmissable First Round pairs matches.

The annual 32-nation event will see two-player teams competing from September 9-12 – featuring both Singles and Doubles matches over the four days.

The top eight countries are seeded based on the lowest combined PDC Order of Merit ranking of the two representatives.

Day One features ties from the bottom half of the draw, with three previous World Cup of Darts winners in action.

Second seeds Wales kick off the defence of their title with a show-down against Finland as Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton take on Marko Kantele and Veijo Viinikka.

The Welsh duo will team up for the fourth consecutive year as they bid to avoid a potential banana skin against former Tour Card holder Kantele and former World Championship qualifier Viinikka.

Michael van Gerwen is partnered for the first time by Dirk van Duijvenbode as the dangerous Dutch duo open up their campaign against Andreas Toft Jørgensen and Niels Heinsøe.

Van Gerwen has lifted this title on three occasions since 2014 but is yet to claim any silverware so far this season, while Grand Prix finalist Van Duijvenbode comes into the event on the back of a six-match winless run.

Heinsøe is making his third consecutive World Cup appearance for a Denmark side who are without stalwart Per Laursen for the first time since the event began in 2010.

Former finalists Australia kick off their latest pursuit of glory with a tie against darting minnows Italy.

Following the recent passing of Kyle Anderson, it is likely to be an emotional occasion for Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta – who faced each other in the Hungarian Darts Trophy last weekend.

Danilo Vigato and Michele Turetta are both making their television debuts and will be out to pull off a huge upset to etch their names into World Cup of Darts folk law.

Gary Anderson’s withdrawal from the event means John Henderson joins World Matchplay champion Peter Wright for 2019 winners Scotland.

Henderson made his debut alongside Robert Thornton last year and returns to partner the world number two as they start out against China’s Jianfeng Lu and Wenqing Liu.

Top 16 star Krzysztof Ratajski and fellow Tour Card holder Krzysztof Kciuk form a dangerous Poland duo who are looking to overcome an equally strong Czech Republic pair of Karel Sedlacek and Adam Gawlas – who reached the Quarter-Finals of the recent Hungarian Trophy.

Another closely-matched tie on paper sees Danny Lauby Jr. and Chuck Puleo of the USA take on Sweden’s Daniel Larsson and Johan Engström – who will both feature in next week’s Nordic Masters.

Gibaraltar aim to record their first World Cup victory since 2015 as young prospects Justin Hewitt and Sean Negrette take on the vastly experienced Darius Labanauskas and former Challenge Tour player Mindaugas Barauskas.

The action gets under way from 6pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of nine legs in pairs format.

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World Cup of Darts 2021 Day One Schedule

All times BST

Thursday September 9

First Round

6.15pm Hungary v Lithuania
6.45pm Czech Republic v Poland
7.15pm Gibraltar v Singapore
7.45pm USA v Sweden
8.15pm Scotland (6) v China
8.45pm Netherlands (3) v Denmark
9.15pm Wales (2) v Finland
9.45pm Australia (7) v Italy

World Cup of Darts 2021 Live Scores and Schedule of Play

The World Cup of Darts returns in 2021 for its eleventh staging, and you can follow the latest results and match schedules here.

The annual 32-nation event will see two-player teams competing from September 9-12 in Jena, Germany – featuring both Singles and Doubles matches over the four days.

The top eight countries are seeded based on the lowest combined PDC Order of Merit ranking of the two representatives.

The PDC World Cup has featured four different winning nations since 2010, with England and Netherlands tied on four titles apiece and Scotland and Wales having won the two most recent editions.

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton head to Jena aiming to successfully retain the crown for Wales and are the number two seeds.

James Wade returns to the England line-up for the first time since 2010 and partners Dave Chisnall as the top seeds.

Michael van Gerwen is partnered for the first time by World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode for Netherlands, while Gary Anderson’s withdrawal means John Henderson joins Peter Wright for 2019 winners Scotland.

Former finalists Belgium are represented by Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts, while Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta make up a strong Australia side.

Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan return for Northern Ireland, while hosts Germany are represented by Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp.

First Round matches are doubles ties, to be contested over the best of nine legs, while Second Round, 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.

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World Cup of Darts 2021 Schedule of Play

All times BST

Thursday September 9

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

First Round

Hungary 3-5 Lithuania
Czech Republic 2-5 Poland
Gibraltar 4-5 Singapore
USA 5-1 Sweden
Scotland 5-0 China
Netherlands 5-1 Denmark
Wales 5-2 Finland
Australia 5-0 Italy

Friday September 10

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

First Round

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

Saturday September 11

Second Round

Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)

Northern Ireland 2-0 Portugal
Brendan Dolan 4-0 Jose Marques
Daryl Gurney 4-0 Jose De Sousa

England 2-0 South Africa
James Wade 4-1 Carl Gabriel
Dave Chisnall 4-2 Devon Petersen

Australia 2-0 USA
Simon Whitlock 4-3 Danny Lauby
Damon Heta 4-2 Chuck Puleo

Belgium 0-2 Austria
Kim Huybrechts 1-4 Mensur Suljovic
Dimitri van den Bergh 2-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Evening Session (7pm-10pm)

Scotland 2-0 Poland
Peter Wright 4-3 Krzysztof Kciuk
John Henderson 4-2 Krzysztof Ratajski

Germany 2-1 Japan
Gabriel Clemens 4-2 Jun Matsuda
Max Hopp 0-4 Yoshihisa Baba
Clemens/Hopp 4-2 Matsuda/Baba

Netherlands 2-0 Singapore
Michael van Gerwen 4-0 Paul Lim
Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-3 Harith Lim

Wales 2-1 Lithuania
Gerwyn Price 4-2 Mindaugas Barauskas
Jonny Clayton 2-4 Darius Labanauskas
Price/Clayton 4-3 Labanauskas/Barauskas

Sunday September 12

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

Quarter-Finals

Austria 2-1 Northern Ireland
Mensur Suljovic 3-4 Brendan Dolan
Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-2 Daryl Gurney
Suljovic/Rodriguez 4-3 Gurney/Dolan

England 2-0 Germany
James Wade 4-1 Gabriel Clemens
Dave Chisnall 4-0 Max Hopp

Wales 2-0 Australia
Gerwyn Price 4-1 Simon Whitlock
Jonny Clayton 4-3 Damon Heta

Netherlands 1-2 Scotland
Michael van Gerwen 4-1 John Henderson
Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-4 Peter Wright
Van Gerwen/Van Duijvenbode 3-4 Wright/Henderson

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Semi-Finals

England 0-2 Austria
James Wade 1-4 Mensur Suljovic
Dave Chisnall 1-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez

Wales 1-2 Scotland
Gerwyn Price 2-4 John Henderson
Jonny Clayton 4-2 Peter Wright
Price/Clayton 3-4 Wright/Henderson

Final

Austria 1-3 Scotland

Mensur Suljovic 4-1 John Henderson
Rowby-John Rodriguez 1-4 Peter Wright
Doubles – Suljovic/Rodriguez 3-4 Wright/Henderson
Mensur Suljovic 3-4 Peter Wright

Prize Fund
Winners: £70,000
Runners-up: £40,000
Semi-Final losers: £24,000
Quarter-Final losers: £16,000
Last 16 losers: £8,000
First Round losers: £4,000

World Cup of Darts 2021 Teams

(1) England – James Wade & Dave Chisnall
(2) Wales – Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
(3) Netherlands – Michael van Gerwen & Dirk van Duijvenbode
(4) Belgium – Dimitri Van den Bergh & Kim Huybrechts
(5) Northern Ireland – Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
(6) Scotland – Peter Wright & John Henderson
(7) Australia – Simon Whitlock & Damon Heta
(8) Germany – Gabriel Clemens & Max Hopp
Austria – Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez
Brazil – Diogo Portela & Artur Valle
Canada – Jeff Smith & Matt Campbell
China – Jianfeng Lu & Wenqing Liu
Czech Republic – Karel Sedlacek & Adam Gawlas
Denmark – Andreas Toft Jørgensen & Niels Heinsøe
Finland – Marko Kantele & Veijo Viinikka
Gibraltar – Sean Negrette & Justin Hewitt
Greece – John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
Hong Kong – Kai Fan Leung & Man Lok Leung
Hungary – János Végső & Patrik Kovács
Italy – Danilo Vigato & Michele Turetta
Japan – Matsuda Jun & Yoshihisa Baba
Lithuania – Darius Labanauskas & Mindaugas Barauskas
Philippines – Lourence Ilagan & Christian Perez
Poland – Krzysztof Ratajski & Krzysztof Kciuk
Portugal – Jose de Sousa & Jose Marques
Republic of Ireland – William O’Connor & Steve Lennon
Russia – Boris Koltsov & Evgenii Izotov
Singapore – Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa – Devon Petersen & Carl Gabriel
Spain – Jesus Noguera & Jose Justicia
Sweden – Daniel Larsson & Johan Engström
USA – Danny Lauby & Chuck Puleo

World Cup of Darts Betting Tips and Accumulator Predictions

The World Cup of Darts heads to Jena in 2021 and we’ve picked out our best betting tips for each day.

The annual 32-nation event will see two-player teams competing for £350,000 in prize money, featuring both Singles and Doubles matches over the four days.

The tournament has featured four different winning nations since 2010, with England and Netherlands tied on four titles apiece and Scotland and Wales having won the two most recent editions.

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton head to Jena aiming to successfully retain the crown for Wales and are the number two seeds.

James Wade returns to the England line-up for the first time since 2010 and partners Dave Chisnall as the top seeds.

Michael van Gerwen is partnered for the first time by World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode for Netherlands, while Gary Anderson’s withdrawal means John Henderson joins Peter Wright for 2019 winners Scotland.

Former finalists Belgium are represented by Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts, while Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta make up a strong Australia side.

Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan return for Northern Ireland, while hosts Germany are represented by Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp.

The 2021 World Cup of Darts runs from September 9-12 and we’ve picked out our top betting tips for each night’s action.

World Cup of Darts Betting Tips

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World Cup of Darts live stream | How to watch live online

The World Cup of Darts returns in 2021 for its eleventh staging, and a live stream is available for all matches.

The annual 32-nation event will see two-player teams competing from September 9-12 in Jena, Germany – featuring both Singles and Doubles matches over the four days.

The top eight countries are seeded based on the lowest combined PDC Order of Merit ranking of the two representatives.

The tournament has featured four different winning nations since 2010, with England and Netherlands tied on four titles apiece and Scotland and Wales having won the two most recent editions.

Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton head to Jena aiming to successfully retain the crown for Wales and are the number two seeds.

James Wade returns to the England line-up for the first time since 2010 and partners Dave Chisnall as the top seeds.

Michael van Gerwen is partnered for the first time by World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode for Netherlands, while Gary Anderson’s withdrawal means John Henderson joins Peter Wright for 2019 winners Scotland.

Former finalists Belgium are represented by Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts, while Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta make up a strong Australia side.

Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan return for Northern Ireland, while hosts Germany are represented by Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp.

All matches are also available to watch live on laptop, mobile or tablet devices in various regions worldwide.

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