1985 WDF World Cup V - Dames

Published at 04/05/2020

The new World Darts Federation president, Australian Peter McMenamin, hosted top darts players from 17 countries in his country from October 17 to 19, 1985. The Crest Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland is the venue.


Malaysia is the only country that has not previously competed in a WDF World Cup. They only come with their men's team, Norway on the other hand only bring their ladies to Australia.

Ladies Pairs tournament
In the ladies pairs, Linda Batten & Sharon Kemp win 4-2 in the semi-finals against the New Zealand duo Lottie Chalcroft & Bubs Sylva. In the other semi-final, another British duo, Connie McDonald & Lynn McKay from Scotland win with the same numbers against Pauline Munday & Julie Thomas from Australia.

In the final, the English ladies are slowly out off the starting blocks. Linda Batten & Sharon Kemp get 2-0 behind but manage to turn things around. The Scottish duo Connie McDonald & Lynn McKay lose four of the last five legs and so England wins the ladies pairs for the second consecutive time.

Ladies Singles tournament
In the quarterfinals of the ladies singles both English ladies and both ladies from Wales are still in. England’s Linda Batten shows that her first place in the world rankings is no coincidence. She beats defending champion Sandy Reitan in the last 16 round and is way too strong for Jaime Koh from Singapore in the quarterfinals. Both games finish 4-0. Her English teammate Sharon Kemp loses in the last eight against Linda Rogers from Wales. Wales also remains with one player in the semi-finals. Sandra Lee loses to Connie McDonald from Scotland. The last four are completed by New Zealand's Lottie Chalcroft who is the boss over Japan’s Yoko Koyama.

In the semi-finals, Duffy then beats McDonald, Chalcroft beats Linda Rogers in a seventh and decisive leg. In the final, a seventh and decisive leg is also involved. Linda Duffy defeats Lottie Chalcroft from New Zealand to take her second and third (overall) gold at this WDF World Cup.

Ladies Overall classification
The overall title goes to the favourite English ladies for the second time in a row. Linda Batten & Sharon Kemp collect 103 points. The silver goes to Connie McDonald & Lynn MacKay from Scotland with 46 points, just ahead of Lottie Chalcroft & Tauranai Sylva from New Zealand with 43 points. Wales finishes fourth with 30 points and Australia completes the top five.

Overall ranking
1 - 103 points England
2 - 46 points Scotland
3 - 43 points New Zealand
4 - 30 points Wales
5 - 21 points Australia
6 - 15 points Norway/ Singapore