PDC World Cup 2018
The eighth edition of the World Cup of Darts was held from 31 may until 4 June 2018 in Frankfurt. Two players from 32 countries played as a pair for this title. The Netherlands was the title defender and defended their title successfully. Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld were far too good for the other teams. Until the quarterfinal the ‘Orange Machine’ did not drop a leg.
In the final the Netherlands met number one seed Scotland. Michael van Gerwen was too good for Peter Wright, but because a well playing Gary Anderson defeated Raymond van Barneveld the score was equal after two matches. During the pairs match the Netherlands were unstoppable. The Dutch team averaged 100+ and left the Scottish team without a chance. Van Gerwen forced the decision in the final. ‘MvG’ averaged 111 in his match against Gary Anderson and defeated ‘The Flying Scotsman’ with 4-1. With this win The Netherlands have won the PDC World Cup of Darts for the fourth time.
During the semi-finals The Netherlands were too strong for Belgian outsiders Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri van den Bergh. The match between veteran Van Barneveld and youngster Van den Bergh was one of the highest level. The Dutch master, averaging 113,68, his highest average ever in front of the cameras, beat Van den Bergh 4-2 in an epic encounter. ‘Barney’ landed four maximums, eight 140’s and converted 44% of his attempts on the double. Especially his 161-checkout in the second leg raised the roof of the Eissporthalle. Van den Bergh also showed his class. The Belgium ace left the stage in Frankfurt with an average of 107,54.
The Scottish team booked their place in the semi-final by beating Australia. Because Peter Wright and Kyle Anderson won their matches, a pairs match was needed to get a winner. Both teams stayed close to each other and at 3 all a deciding leg was required. During this last leg decider the scoring power of Australia was way under par, therefore it was the Scottish team who managed to qualify for the final.
World champion Rob Cross made his world cup debut this year. Rob Cross formed a team with Dave Chisnall. The English team did not manage to survive the quarterfinals against a strong Belgium squad. Because Cross and Van den Bergh won their singles, a pairs match had to bring the decision. During the pairs match the Belgium players showed that they were the better team. Huybrechts and Van Den Bergh raised each other’s game and defeated England 4-0.
With this victory the Dutch pair Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld won the title for a second year running, their third in total. For The Netherlands it’s the fourth title in history, equalling England.
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