WDF World Cup Men Singles 1977

Eighteen countries participated in the first World Cup Darts held in London from 2 to 4 December at the Wembley Conference Centre, often with the Olympic spirit to win the WORLD CUP DARTS. The organization was in the hands of the British Darts Organisation (BDO) under the supervision of the World Darts Federation (WDF), formed in 1976 and consisting of 15 countries.

With England and Wales each winning one event the decision on would win the World Cup had to come in the singles. Countries quickly lost one player at the expense of the Australians, Barrie Delbridge defeated Tony Brown and Barry Atkinson defeated Phil Obbard. The Welshmen Alan Evans and Leighton Rees managed to qualify for the semi-finals. Alan Reid for Scotland and England’s Cliff Lazarenko also reached the last four. In those semi-finals the two Welshmen were up against each other. Rees beat his teammate 4-0. In the other semi-final Lazarenko managed to beat Alan Reid. Encouraged by numerous Scottish supporters Reid hit a maximum at his first throw and also won the first leg. He also hit a 180 in the second leg, but was brushed aside 4-2 by a strong playing Cliff Lazarenko.

With the score 74 points for Wales and 63 for England the final was to decide the outcome of the first World Cup. Leighton won the first leg, which he started himself. Lazarenko quickly equalized. Rees took the third leg with a 115 (19, 60, D18) finish. In the fourth leg Lazarenko threw a 180 and he took that leg again. The match continued to be very evenly matched. Rees hit a 116 (60, 48, D8) finish and Cliff took the next leg that he himself started. It looked like Lazarenko would win the deciding leg after strong scores of 100, 100, 125 and 136 left him on tops. Leighton Rees missed the 121-finish that was left for him, but Lazarenko missed three darts at double 20. Rees let this second chance not unused and hit tops with his second dart.

Venue: England Wembley Conference Centre, London From: Friday 02 December 1977 Till: Sunday 04 December 1977


Leighton Rees
Photographer: WDF World Cup Program
1977 WDF World Cup