World Cup of Darts 2020: England, Netherlands, Wales and Belgium through to quarter-finals | Darts News

first_imgAfternoonCanada 2-0 New Zealand Whitlock and Heta were over the moon with their win against Poland Simon Whitlock averaged a neat 95.82 as ‘The Wizard’ won a high-quality contest against Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajsk 4-3, which included a timely 117 checkout. Australian teammate Damon Heta – making his World Cup debut after replacing Kyle Anderson – then eased past Krzysztof Kciuk 4-1 with a three-dart average of a cool ton. Simon Whitlock hit this stunning 117 checkout against Krzysztof Ratajski The pair recorded the first and third highest averages of the day as they moved into the quarter-finals. Wales vs Australia Watch the thrilling conclusion to the World Cup of Darts on Sunday as England, Netherlands and Wales chase the title. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Arena at midday with all four quarter-finals followed by the evening session of semi-finals and final. Which team will be crowned champions? Last Updated: 07/11/20 9:51pm Sunday’s Quarter-Finals – Order of Play Saturday’s Second Round results 0:50 Jeff Smith showed promise as Canada beat New Zealand to reach the quarter-finals 0:18 John Henderson fired in this show-stopping 121 checkout against Gerwyn Price but it wasn’t enough in the end 1:14 Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens have lost just one leg in two matches as they progressed to the quarter-finals Michael van Gerwen nailed this 112 checkout in the opening leg of the tie against Spain Debutant Jesus Noguera was next up for Spain against Noppert, and the Dutchman found himself 2-1 and 3-2 down, but last year’s World Series Finals runner-up stayed calm to send the rubber into a final leg decider.Noguera then missed six match darts to allow Noppert in to steal a cliffhanger of a match. Top seeds England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts Van Gerwen is happy with his current form and he and Danny Noppert sent the Dutch through to a showdown against Germany Four-time winners Netherlands also made it through with Michael van Gerwen and debutant Danny Noppert sending Spain home.Big-hitter Van Gerwen demonstrated his powerful scoring and eagle eye finishing to defeat Toni Alcinas 4-0. He wasted no time in getting a leg on the board with a 112 finish before breaking in the next. He quickly wrapped things up to complete a whitewash win. 2:55 Huybrechts (right) felt Belgium would have lost had they played a better team – Advertisement – England, Netherlands, Belgium and pre-tournament favourites Wales all made it through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts in Salzburg on Saturday.The team of Michael Smith and Rob Cross proved too good for Lithuania as England made it through to a showdown against hosts Austria.- Advertisement – Wales or Australia vs Netherlands or Germany Rob Cross felt he put too much pressure on himself after Michael Smith won the first rubber with ease Smith and Cross made further progress as a pair as they eased past Lithuania 2-0.Smith averaged a cool 91.09 in a calm and composed display to dismantle Darius Labanauskas 4-0, and then Rob Cross landed a stunning 10-dart leg to break the resistance of Mindaugas Barauskas before sealing a 4-2 victory for the four-time winners.“If anyone was going to be the muppet between us it would be me,” Cross gave an honest assessment of his performance, despite a relatively comfortable afternoon at the office. John Henderson fired in this show-stopping 121 checkout against Gerwyn Price but it wasn’t enough in the end ‘The Iceman’ moved 3-0 up in no time before a fine 121 from John Henderson started the fightback. However, Price landed D8 to seal a 4-2 win along with a superb 104 average.Clayton and opponent Robert Thornton both endured doubles woe in their clash. But it was the three-time major winner from Scotland who pinned D18 for a 4-2 victory and send the content all the way into pairs action for the first time in the second round. Austria are next for England after the eighth seeds of Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez defeated debutants Portugal.Rising star Jose De Sousa, who won a European Tour title last month, went down to a spirited 4-2 loss to Suljovic while Jose Marques, who competed in the 2020 Qualifying School, was unable to trouble Rodriguez, losing 4-1. Jonny Clayton praised Gerwyn Price for picking him up after his loss to Robert Thornton as Wales went on to defeat Scotland 4-0 in the deciding pairs Wales dodged some bullets, but Price’s barrage of treble hitting and some clinical finishing from Clayton ensured they made it through to the last eight with a fine 4-0 triumph, averaging 101.90. 0:17 Simon Whitlock hit this stunning 117 checkout against Krzysztof Ratajski Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens have lost just one leg in two matches as they progressed to the quarter-finals Gabriel Clemens and former World Youth Champion Max Hopp defeated John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis 4-1 and 4-0, respectively. A brilliant 130 checkout from Clemens sealed victory for Wayne Mardle’s favourites Germany. 2:32 Whitlock and Heta were over the moon with their win against Poland Host nation Austria to face England – Advertisement – Austria (8) 2-0 Portugal Wales continued their outstanding start to their challenge to claim a first World Cup triumph with the team of Price and Jonny Clayton doing enough in the deciding doubles rubber to send defending champions Scotland out of the tournament. 1:57 Jonny Clayton praised Gerwyn Price for picking him up after his loss to Robert Thornton as Wales went on to defeat Scotland 4-0 in the deciding pairs EveningAustralia 2-0 Poland 0:16 Michael van Gerwen nailed this 112 checkout in the opening leg of the tie against Spain Netherlands vs Germany Top seeds England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts
Top seeds England are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts

Fly on track for more records

first_img Press Association Hurricane Fly, who also won the Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle in 2009, could be joined by his unbeaten stablemate Un De Sceaux. “Hurricane Fly will run in the Racing Post Champion Hurdle and he is in good shape,” said Mullins. “I’m not certain where we will go next with Un De Sceaux – if he goes to Punchestown, he will run in the Champion Hurdle as well.” Another superstar aiming for a Punchestown five-timer is Quevega, in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle on May 1 after she lifted the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham for the sixth year running. “Although Quevega is in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders’ Fund Mares Champion Hurdle on the Festival’s final day, she normally goes for the stayers’ race, the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle, and we would love to win it again with her for a fifth consecutive time this year,” said Mullins. The County Carlow trainer’s powerful team at the five-day feast includes a possible three-pronged attack with On His Own, Boston Bob and Prince De Beauchene, on the Bibby Financial Services Ireland Punchestown Gold Cup on April 30, a race he won last year with Sir Des Champs and in 2002 with Florida Pearl. “Boston Bob has come out of his Melling Chase win in good shape and he will more than likely run in the Punchestown Gold Cup where he could take on his stablemates Prince De Beauchene and On His Own,” said Mullins. “We are hopeful that On His Own can gain compensation in the race for his short-head second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He ran a cracker there, is in excellent shape and we are really looking forward to running him at Punchestown.” The remarkable 10-year-old, who boasts a record 19 Grade One victories, is on course for the Racing Post Champion Hurdle, which he has won for the last four seasons, on May 2. Opposition is likely to include Jezki, who had him back in fourth place when lifting the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Hurricane Fly is on target to try for a sixth successive win at the Punchestown Festival. The mare Annie Power, whose only defeat came when second in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham, has a number of different entries and Mullins is biding his time before deciding her Punchestown target. “Annie Power is entered in the Racing Post Champion Hurdle, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle and the Ladbroke World Series Hurdle and we will have a look at the entries closer to the time. She came out of Cheltenham well and is in good form again going into Punchestown,” he said. Glens Melody, runner-up to Quevega at Cheltenham, is to bid to win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle on May 3 while Champagne Fever, second in the Arkle Trophy is to step up in trip for the Growise Champion Novice Chase on April 29. “Champagne Fever ran his heart out in Cheltenham only to go down by a head on the line. He has emerged from the Arkle in good shape and he is in all the novice races at Punchestown,” said Mullins. “It is possible he might run in one of the longer races so the Growise Champion Novice Chase is looking a likely target at this stage. We’ll probably have a good crew in that race and it’s possible that Djakadam, who like Champagne Fever is also owned by the Riccis, will take him on.” Mullins could also dominate the novice events with Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner Vautour heading for Herald Champion Novice Hurdle on April 29, Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle victor Faugheen going for the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle on May 2 and Don Poli, winner of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle, targeting the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle on April 30. “Vautour came out of Cheltenham in great shape and we are looking forward to running him back at Punchestown, where he won a Grade Two earlier in the season,” said Mullins. “Don Poli is entered in both the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle and the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle but the chances are that he will run in the latter race over three miles on the Wednesday. He is very, very well in himself right now. “Faugheen is another horse who has come back from Cheltenham in good shape and he also holds entries in the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle and the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle but at the moment, I would say the former race would look a good target for him on the Friday over two and a half miles.” last_img read more