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England survive scare to set up Scotland clash at World Cup of Darts

England’s Michael Smith and James Wade will take on defending champions Peter Wright and John Henderson, while Wales set up a meeting with host nation Germany; watch the climax of the World Cup of Darts live on Sky Sports Action from midday on Sunday

Last Updated: 18/06/22 10:52pm


    Michael Smith was in red-hot form as England set up a quarter-final meeting with Scotland at the World Cup of Darts. Here's the best of the action from the evening session in Germany...

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    Michael Smith was in red-hot form as England set up a quarter-final meeting with Scotland at the World Cup of Darts. Here’s the best of the action from the evening session in Germany…

    Michael Smith was in red-hot form as England set up a quarter-final meeting with Scotland at the World Cup of Darts. Here’s the best of the action from the evening session in Germany…

    England set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash against the Auld Enemy Scotland at the World Cup of Darts while Wales survived an epic encounter against Austria in Frankfurt on Saturday.

    Michael Smith and James Wade were pushed to a doubles decider by Latvia’s Madars Razma and Nauris Gleglu but they eventually came through unscathed to set up a meeting with Scotland.

    Reigning champions Peter Wright and John Henderson defeated Jose De Sousa and Vitor Jeronimo of Portugal, but the match will be remembered for a moment of madness from ‘The Special One’ who bust a score of 181 by hitting a maximum in the opening leg of their deciding pairs match.

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    “I’m speechless” – ‘The Special One’ Jose De Sousa remarkably busts 181!

    “I’m speechless” – ‘The Special One’ Jose De Sousa remarkably busts 181!

    World Cup of Darts – Saturday’s Second Round Results

    Afternoon SessionNorthern Ireland2-0New Zealand
    Netherlands2-0Republic of Ireland
    Wales2-1Austria
    Germany2-0Denmark
    Evening SessionAustralia2-1Sweden
    Belgium2-0Poland
    England2-1Latvia
    Scotland2-1Portugal

    Belgium’s Dimitri van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts eased past Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski and Sebastian Bialecki.

    Australian stars Simon Whitlock and Damon Heta, who came agonisingly close to landing the first doubles nine-darter in World Cup history during their first round win over Lithuania, defeated Swedish duo Daniel Larsson and Johan Engstrom.

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    Gerwyn Price imitated Rowby-John Rodriguez's 180 visit during their clash

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    Gerwyn Price imitated Rowby-John Rodriguez’s 180 visit during their clash

    Gerwyn Price imitated Rowby-John Rodriguez’s 180 visit during their clash

    In the afternoon session, Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton survived a major scare before edging out Austria’s Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez in a dramatic doubles decider.

    Price converted magnificent 156, 149 and 142 finishes to sink Suljovic in a seven-leg thriller, but Rodriguez levelled the tie with an assured 4-2 win over Clayton.

    Following six straight holds, Clayton followed up successive two-treble visits by pinning double six to dump out last year’s runners-up.

    Price hit three huge checkouts in a sensational turnaround for Wales against Austria

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    Price hit three huge checkouts in a sensational turnaround for Wales against Austria

    Price hit three huge checkouts in a sensational turnaround for Wales against Austria

    “At the end of the day it’s about winning,” reflected Price.

    “We all want to perform for the crowd but sometimes it’s about grinding out the result. We were under a lot of pressure and didn’t play our best game but we showed a lot of character.”

    Watch all five of Danny Noppert's 180s in his 4-1 win for the Netherlands

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    Watch all five of Danny Noppert’s 180s in his 4-1 win for the Netherlands

    Watch all five of Danny Noppert’s 180s in his 4-1 win for the Netherlands

    Dutch duo Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode sent out a statement to their title rivals with an imperious display in their second round win over 2019 finalists Republic of Ireland.

    “I think we’re a good pair,” said Van Duijvenbode, a World Grand Prix finalist in 2020. “We’re here to play well and you have to play well to beat us.

    “We won’t say we’ll win it, but we’ll look at it game-by-game. If we play well every game, hopefully we can lift that title.”

    A look back at the best of the action from the afternoon session on Saturday

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    A look back at the best of the action from the afternoon session on Saturday

    A look back at the best of the action from the afternoon session on Saturday

    World Cup of Darts – Sunday’s Quarter-Finals

    Afternoon SessionWalesvsGermany
    NetherlandsvsNorthern Ireland
    AustraliavsBelgium
    EnglandvsScotland

    Host nation Germany will play Wales in Sunday afternoon’s quarter-finals, after seventh seeds Gabriel Clemens and Martin Schindler relinquished just two legs in their last 16 tie against Denmark.

    Elsewhere, Northern Ireland will play Netherlands in the last eight, after Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan sealed a spot in their second consecutive World Cup quarter-final with a convincing win over New Zealand.

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