It was a day for the favourites in Frankfurt as all the top seeds progressed after Singapore shook the darting world yesterday evening. Josh Green gives his account on proceedings of day two at the World Cup of Darts.
The hosts made it through to the round of 16 in front of a raucous Frankfurt crowd at the World Cup of Darts. The match was in the balance for almost half an hour, as it came down to a nail-biting final leg.
Daryl Gurney had given Northern Ireland the advantage earlier in the match with a 124 checkout on the back of two maximums from partner Brendan Dolan and Germany’s Max Hopp.
The German pair with a combined age of just 40 years of age responded with a 123 from Hopp, before Martin Schindler held his nerve to keep their dreams alive.
Despite a worrying foot injury for Michael van Gerwen it was a smooth showing for the Dutch in their World Cup of Darts opener.
The tournament favourites averaged 109 in their 5-1 demolition of the Czech Republic, with van Gerwen looking as silky as ever. They will definitely be a force to be reckoned with as they continue their international campaign.
Second seeds England joined their arch rivals in round two, making light work of Gibraltar. Dave Chisnall pulled on the red and white for the first time, and carried the pair to a simple victory.
Adrian Lewis, seemingly rattled by the antics of Dyson Parody, scattered his darts all over the board, leaving Chizzy to sweep up. Despite improving in the latter stages, it was clear the Stoke native was not on top form and will need to improve in the next round.
Alternatively, Chisnall looked at home on the Frankfurt stage. Confident doubling and the usually heavy scoring all coming together for the world number five. With Michael van Gerwen suffering from a foot injury and Scotland already on their way home it could be yet another World Cup of Darts title for England.
In the first match of the evening the experienced pairing of Larry Butler and Darin Young destroyed the relatively youthful Italian pair.
Despite a wobbly start with some inconsistent scoring in the early stages, the USA would pick up their game to proceed with a deserved 5-1 victory.
Butler, who has represented his home country on five occasions, put the win beyond Italy with a sensational 121 checkout on the bull.
The well oiled team of John Norman Jnr and former World Champion John Part shoved the Hungarian’s aside in their pursuit of World Cup glory in Frankfurt.
While the exuberant Norman produced the steady scoring, Part was there to pick up the pieces. Canada had taken a commanding 3-0 lead before Hungary got their first leg on the board.
Following one more Darth Maple checkout, an excellent 83 from Zoltan Mester. The 5-2 victory would be rounded off by the ever green Part, his double 8, taking them into round two.
The fusion of youth an experience proved too much for team China as the Austrian’s performed a demolition job on their opponents.
The result of the contest was never in doubt as Mensur Suljovic showed with some excellent finishing. The fresh faced Rowby-John Rodriguez should also not be underestimated.
His power scoring has been a key factor in previous years, and with top seeds Scotland falling yesterday evening, there could be an opening to be exploited for some of the lesser fancied nations.
South Africa put their name in the hat for round two as ‘Dancing’ Devon Peterson took control to carry a sloppy Deon Oliver through a slow paced encounter.
The formentioned Oliver had split double three with a chance to close out the contest, only for Daniel Larsson to swoop on 110.
Seasoned campaigner Magnus Caris nerly took the match to a deciding leg, narrowly missing a 160 checkout. Peterson would then swoop in and take out a huge 81 on double 12.
World Cup of Darts debutants Brazil moved into round two after a dramatic 5-4 win over fellow first-timmers Switzerland.
Diogo Portela, winner of Sky Darts gameshow One Hundred and Eighty, was the marquee name on the Frankfurt stage, although it was Alexandre Sattin who would hit the crucial double.
There were tears at the final whistle as Sattin landed double top on a 72 combination as Brazil progressed to the round of 16.
USA 5-1 Italy
Canada 5-2 Hungary
Austria 5-0 China
South Africa 5-3 Sweden
Brazil 5-4 Switzerland
Germany 5-4 Northern Ireland
England 5-2 Gibraltar
Netherlands 5-1 Czech Republic