The Netherlands were crowned PDC World Cup of Darts Champions in Frankfurt as Raymond van Barneveld hit the crucial blow to tie to stave off the Welsh in a thrilling final encounter.
The Welsh progressed to their first World Cup of Darts final in five years following a convincing 2-0 over the Huybrechts brothers.
UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price stepped into the international spotlight first, taking on Belgium talisman Kim Huybrechts. In a game that had the Hurricane as slight favourite, Price pulled out a spectacular display.
He clinically put away 105 before extending his lead on tops. Huybrechts immediately broke back with another tonne plus check-out. But it would soon be curtains as Kim couldn’t replicate his quarter final performance and his nation fell into an early deficit.
Mark Webster put on a lesson in double ten hitting to confirm the win. The Spider has been going through a tough phase on the PDC circuit recently, but regained the ruthlessness that took him to the Lakeside title back in 2008. A 4-2 victory sending the Belgian’s packing.
The Netherlands ensured they would join them, dumping out reigning champions England in straight sets. The run consecutive finals was ended for The Three Lions as Michael van Gerwen took Adrian Lewis to a last leg decider before hitting the crucial double.
It was a brave effort from Lewis who was ultimately pipped at the post. Dave Chisnall couldn’t resurrect England’s chances against the Doyenne of Dutch darts. It took until leg five before Barney missed a dart at double, Chizzy not living with the Big man’s ruthlessness. A 4-2 victory confirming a Netherlands versus Wales final in Frankfurt.
The Dutch and Michael van Gerwen drew first blood. The Green machine reeling off four consecutive legs to take the early advantage.
A rejuvenated Mark Webster took to the stage to level proceedings. The Spider showing great composure to take out 70 and 94, subduing Barney to a 4-1 defeat.
With the scores all tied up, the best of five match would go into a doubles affair, with the Dutch again coming out on top. The Welsh pairing struggled to find their rhythm and after missing double 20 in the opening leg, the Netherlands would cruise into a 3-0.
A spectacular tops-tops 100 checkout from Price would redeem some pride, but it was too little too late as van Gerwen hit double 16 to make it 2-1.
The trophy would be delivered to deluxe Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld as the fatherfigure of Dutch darts tied the knot on a huge win for him and partner Michael van Gerwen.
Him and Gerwyn Price has exchanged the first four legs on throw, but a pivotal double five would turn the tides as Raymond van Barneveld picked apart Price in the final leg of the match. He would stroke the final blow on double four as the Netherlands were crowned 2017 World Cup of Darts champions.