England and Netherlands meet again
Reigning champions England marched on into the semis, after edging out Austria, and have set up a clash with the Netherlands in a rematch of last year’s final. Meanwhile, other seeded nations Belgium and Wales came through their respective duels to face off in the top half of the draw later in the evening.
The afternoon session saw plenty of thrilling action, and included a 170 checkout and the second-highest ever televised average!
Read on below for Sam Barnard‘s 2017 World Cup of Darts quarter-finals report in further depth…
Singapore v Belgium
After seeing his older brother Ronny Huybrechts throw the highest ever TV average by a Belgian (115.62), recorded on Saturday afternoon, Kim was determined to not only topple Singapore’s Paul Lim in the first singles match but his sibling’s record too!
In the end, he did both, beating 63-year-old Lim – who played his part in a thrilling opening clash of the session by averaging over 100 – and being just one dart on double 18 away from breaking Michael van Gerwen’s world record of 123.40.
Kim’s effort of 121.97 is still the second-highest televised average, and he certainly gave his nation a great confidence-boosting start after winning 4-1.
However, a below-par Ronny couldn’t capitalise as Harith Lim (not related to Paul) claimed a crucial 4-2 victory, with two ton-plus checkouts along the way, to set up a doubles decider.
Ronny certainly turned up in this battle, and was the better of the four players this time around to help inspire Belgium to a 4-2 win and a place in the semi-finals.
Russia v Wales
Up next were Russia and Wales, and Gerwyn Price certainly didn’t enjoy his 4-1 win over Aleksandr Oreshkin, whose slow and unorthodox style seemed to frustrate the Iceman at times.
But his victory gave Wales a 1-0 lead in the quarter-final and took some of the pressure off teammate Mark Webster, who hadn’t had the best of tournaments prior to this match.
However, The Spider made light work of Boris Koltsov to whitewash him 4-0, and thus avoid having to face a doubles decider.
Wales now take on fellow seeds Belgium in the semis later in the day, with both aiming to reach the final for the second time.
England v Austria
Mensur Suljovic wowed the crowd by firing in the first 170 checkout of the 2017 World Cup of Darts to break Adrian Lewis early and go 2-0 up in their singles fixture.
The super Serbian-born arrowsmith soon finished the job to defeat Jackpot 4-0.
That meant that debutant Dave Chisnall, who also led the way for England against Gibraltar in the first round, had to keep them in it again.
Chizzy showed his ability and calmness in his 4-1 victory over Rowby-John Rodriguez, and took advantage of poor counting by the young Austrian.
But like Ronny Huybrechts for Belgium, Lewis put his poor singles performance behind him to help England to a crucial break in the third leg which put them 2-1 up with a fine 129 finish on bullseye.
Jackpot was unable to hit the same target in the following leg, however, which allowed Suljovic to break back and put Austria back on the front foot.
Lewis was able to finish the next two legs, though, and guide his nation into yet another semi-final.
Germany v Netherlands
Young Martin Schindler started off in the best possible fashion, hitting a 180 on his first throw and eventually winning the leg to immediately break Michael van Gerwen.
He took the next leg too, but Mighty Mike went up a level and took the next four legs in a row to win 4-2.
That meant that Raymond van Barneveld had the chance to wrap up the tie against Max Hopp.
It certainly didn’t go the darting giant’s way at first either, as Hopp went 2-0 up, but Barney was able to take the next three legs and go just a leg from putting the Netherlands through to the semis.
However, after missing two darts on double to win, Hopp took advantage and took out a crucial 105 checkout to level the scores to 3-3.
Maximiser then held his nerve to set up a doubles decider in thrilling fashion.
The Netherlands were briefly troubled in the middle of the doubles encounter, but in the end ran out 4-1 winners to set up a crunch clash with England in the semis.
Singapore 1-2 Belgium
Paul Lim 1-4 Kim Huybrechts
Harith Lim 4-2 Ronny Huybrechts
Russia 0-2 Wales
Aleksandr Oreshkin 1-4 Gerwyn Price
Boris Koltsov 0-4 Mark Webster
England 2-1 Austria
Adrian Lewis 0-4 Mensur Suljovic
Dave Chisnall 4-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Germany 1-2 Netherlands
Martin Schindler 2-4 Michael van Gerwen
Max Hopp 4-3 Raymond van Barneveld