WDF World Cup Men Pairs 1991

WDF World Cup VIII was held from 2 till 5 October 1991 in the Dutch seaside town of Zandvoort. Not in a hotel or resort as is usually the case, but in the Gran Dorado bungalow holiday park. No less than 32 countries were present at the oche in the men’s event, which was a record. Five countries leave their ladies at home, but with 27 the upward trend is also maintained for the ladies. Among those 32 countries were five debuting countries; Russia, Luxembourg, Greece, Austria and the African Uganda.

The England men squad had plenty of choice in players and could even leave home this fabulous foursome: World Champion Dennis Priestley, number two in the world Mike Gregory, former world champion Bob Anderson and the 1989 Winmau World Masters Peter Evison. Of course, the big question was which country could prevent the English team of claiming their seventh consecutive overall title.

In the pairs tournament no English pair reaches the semi-finals, something that had never happened before at a WDF World Cup. The duo Alan Warriner and Phil Taylor lost 4-0 in the first round to the Finns Kexi Heinaharju and Aulis Nissinen. The ‘royal’ pairing of John Lowe and Eric Bristow, who had dominated the pairs event since 1977 (sevenfold finalists and six times WDF World Cup champions pairs), lost 4-1 in the quarter finals to the Australians Keith Sullivan and Wayne Weening. 

Both England beating duos proceeded to the semi-finals. The Aussies faced the Welsh pair Eric Burden and Martin Phillips, with a 4-0 win they qualified easily for the final. The Finnish duo lost a thrilling semi-final Belgian pair Frans Devooght and Jean-Marie Dejonghe. Belgium was 3-2 up when Devooght was given the opportunity to finish from 40. However, the tension was so high that Frans made a mistake. He finished 97, the previous score of Jean Marie. The Finns made good use of this and levelled at 3-3. Fortunately, Devooght and Dejonghe were not off balance too much by this and still won the last leg thus reaching the final. 

In the final the Australians took a 1-0 lead in 17 darts. The Belgian pair responded with two 14 dart legs to take the lead at 2-1. The Aussies still went on to win the match by taking the next three legs in 17, 21 and 15 darts. Thus, Keith Sullivan and Wayne Weening became the first non-English WDF World Cup Pairs Champions.

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Venue: Netherlands Gran Dorado, Zandvoort From: Thursday 03 October 1991 Till: Saturday 05 October 1991

Champion

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1991 WDF World Cup
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List of finals

Year Winner Result Runner-Up
2019
Canada Canada
6
6 - 2
England England
2
2017
Russia Russia
6
6 - 3
Canada Canada
3
2015
Netherlands Netherlands
6
6 - 3
England England
3
2013
England England
6
6 - 0
South Africa South Africa
0
2011
England England
6
6 - 4
Sweden Sweden
4
2009
Australia Australia
6
6 - 4
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
4
2007
Netherlands Netherlands
4
4 - 2
Finland Finland
2
2005
Netherlands Netherlands
4
4 - 1
Denmark Denmark
1
2003
England England
4
4 - 1
England England
1
2001
England England
4
4 - 2
Finland Finland
2
1999
Wales Wales
4
4 - 1
England England
1
1997
Wales Wales
4
4 - 3
England England
3
1995
England England
4
4 - 1
England England
1
1993
Canada Canada
4
4 - 1
1
1991
Australia Australia
4
4 - 2
Belgium Belgium
2
1989
England England
4
4 - 2
Belgium Belgium
2
1987
England England
4
4 - 1
United States United States
1
1985
England England
4
4 - 0
Australia Australia
0
1983
England England
4
4 - 2
Scotland Scotland
2
1981
England England
4
4 - 0
England England
0
1979
England England
4
4 - 1
England England
1
1977
England England
4
4 - 2
Wales Wales
2