World Cup of Darts 2016: England beat Dutch in final

Adrian Lewis beat Michael van Gerwen in the deciding match as he and Phil Taylor claimed a 3-2 victory over the Netherlands to retain the World Cup of Darts for England.

It's the fourth time Lewis and Taylor have teamed up to lift the trophy out of the six times the event has been run since the inaugural edition in 2010.  

Taylor and Lewis were 2-1 down but bounced back by both winning their reverse singles matches to secure the title. 

The final got underway with a classic tussle between Taylor and Van Gerwen, and the former produced a fine display to prevail 4-3.

Neither player was able to break throw in the match but Taylor averaged 102.94, took out 149 in the third leg, and kept his cool in the decider, hitting double-16 at the first attempt to win it.

However, Van Barneveld then beat Lewis 4-3 in another fine match, holding his nerve as Lewis came back from 2-0 down to level and coming up with an 11-darter to win the deciding leg.

And Van Barneveld's good darts continued in the doubles match as he and Van Gerwen averaged 95.08 to win it 4-2, Van Barneveld hitting a maximum and then double-16 to take the decisive leg.

But Van Barneveld was no match for Taylor in his second singles match of the final, the Englishman romping to a 4-1 victory in a battle between two old rivals and setting up a decider.

Lewis and Van Gerwen therefore settled down to decide the World Cup and Van Gerwen lost his way in the second leg, missing several doubles and allowing Lewis to surge into a 2-0 advantage.

Van Gerwen hit back to take leg three but, with his opponent sitting on 22, Lewis calmly took out 76 to claim leg four and then started leg five with a maximum.

Another 180 followed two visits later and, after a few nervy misses, the dual world champion hit double-eight to win the match 4-1 and secure another World Cup victory.

Earlier in the day, the Netherlands had survived a tense doubles shoot-out against Australia in the quarter-finals to reach the last four.

The two-time World Cup winners were pushed all the way by Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson in a match of the highest quality.

World No 1 Van Gerwen defeated Whitlock 4-1 in their singles clash before Anderson edged out van Barneveld 4-3.

The doubles decider ebbed and flowed before going to a final leg at 3-3, but the Dutch pair then each opened with 180s and, although they missed out on a perfect leg, an 11-darter took them through to the last four.

It was far more straightforward for the Netherlands in the semi-finals, as they cruised to a 2-0 defeat of Belgium, Van Gerwen beating Ronny Huybrechts 4-1 before Van Barneveld secured a 4-2 win over Kim Huybrechts.

The Belgians had earlier beaten Scotland in another thrilling quarter-final, Kim Huybrechts defeating world champion Gary Anderson 4-2 before Robert Thornton's 4-1 win over Ronny Huybrechts took the tie all the way.

However, Kim Huybrechts then hit the winning double for Belgium in all four legs, as they took the pairs game 4-2 for victory.

England cruised into the semi-finals with a 2-0 defeat of Austria, Taylor whitewashing Mensur Suljovic 4-0 with a 100 average before Lewis saw off Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-1, averaging 103 and hitting finishes of 117 and 110.

And it was a similar story for England in the semis, where they beat Northern Ireland 2-0, Taylor beating Brendan Dolan 4-0 before Lewis defeated Daryl Gurney 4-1. 

World Cup of Darts 2016: Full Results

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Thursday June 2
First Round
(Best-of-nine leg doubles match)
Hungary 5-3 Thailand
USA 3-5 Philippines
Norway 5-2 Gibraltar
Denmark 5-2 Sweden
Belgium 5-1 Poland
Scotland 5-3 New Zealand
Netherlands 5-3 Russia
Australia 5-3 Germany

Friday June 3
First Round
(Best-of-nine leg doubles match)
Czech Republic 3-5 China
Greece 2-5 Canada
Republic of Ireland 5-4 Hong Kong
South Africa 1-5 Singapore
Northern Ireland 5-2 Japan
Wales 5-1 Finland
England 5-4 Spain
Austria 5-0 Italy

Saturday June 4
Afternoon Session
Second Round
(2 singles matches & doubles if required)
Belgium 2-0 Hungary
Northern Ireland 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Wales 1-2 Canada
Austria 2-0 Singapore

Evening Session
Second Round
(2 singles matches & doubles if required)
Scotland 2-0 Norway
Australia 2-1 Denmark
England 2-0 China
Netherlands 2-0 Philippines

Sunday June 5
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
(2 singles matches & doubles if required)
Canada 1-2 Northern Ireland
England 2-0 Austria
Scotland 1-2 Belgium
Australia 1-2 Netherlands

Evening Session
Semi-Finals
(2 singles matches & doubles if required)
England 2-0 Northern Ireland
Netherlands 2-0 Belgium

Final
(2 singles, 1 doubles & reverse singles)
England 3-2 Netherlands

World Cup Team Line-Ups

Seeded Nations

1 - England - Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis
2 - Scotland - Gary Anderson & Robert Thornton
3 - Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld
4 - Northern Ireland - Brendan Dolan & Daryl Gurney
5 - Wales - Mark Webster & Gerwyn Price
6 - Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
7 - Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Ronny Huybrechts
8 - Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Rowby-John Rodriguez

Unseeded Nations

Canada - John Part & Ken MacNeil
China - Yuanjun Liu & Wenge Xie
Czech Republic - Michal Kocik & Pavel Drtil
Denmark - Per Laursen & Daniel Jensen
Finland - Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele
Germany - Max Hopp & Jyhan Artut
Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Manuel Vilerio
Greece - John Michael & Ioannis Selachoglou
Hong Kong - Ting Chi Royden Lam & Scott MacKenzie
Hungary - Nandor Bezzeg & Patrik Kovaks
Italy - Daniele Petri & Michel Furlanis
Japan - Keita Ono & Haruki Muramatsu
New Zealand - Warren Parry & Cody Harris
Norway - Robert Wagner & Cor Dekker
Philippines - Gilbert Ulang & Alex Tagarao
Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Mariusz Paul
Republic of Ireland - William O'Connor & Mick McGowan
Russia - Aleksandr Oreshkin & Boris Koltsov
Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa - Devon Petersen & Graham Filby
Spain - Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas
Sweden - Magnus Caris & Daniel Larsson
Thailand - Thanawat Gaweenuntawong & Attapol Eupakaree
USA - Darin Young & Larry Butler

World Cup of Darts: Tournament Format

The £250,000 tournament features 32 nations represented by two players as they compete across four days at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, Germany in a mixture of doubles and singles matches.

The first round will commence on Thursday June 2 with eight matches while the other eight games will take place on Friday, when England take on Spain.

The second round will be held across two sessions on Saturday June 4, with the quarter-finals taking place in the afternoon session of Sunday June 5 before the tournament concludes in the evening session with the semi-finals and final.The first round will consist of a best-of-nine legs doubles match.

The second round, quarter-finals & semi-finals will be played as two best-of-seven leg 501 singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play. In the event of both nations winning one singles match apiece, a best-of-seven leg 501 doubles match will be played to decide the tie.

The final will be played as two best-of-seven leg 501 singles matches, with both nations nominating the order in which their players play the first two matches, followed by a best-of-seven leg 501 doubles match and then reverse singles matches. The first team to win three games is declared the winner.

Prize Fund

Winning Team: £25,000 per player
Runners-Up: £13,000 per player
Semi-Finalists: £7,500 per player
Quarter-Finalists: £5,000 per player
Round Two Losers: £3,500 per player
Round One Losers: £1,500 per player
Total Prize Fund: £250,000

World Cup of Darts: Tournament History

Only two nations have ever won the World Cup since the inaugural edition back in 2010 and it will come as little surprise to learn those sides are three-time champions England and the Netherlands, who have lifted the trophy twice.

Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis have teamed up for all three of England's triumphs in 2012, 2013 and 2015 while Raymond van Barneveld partnered Co Stompe to glory in 2010 and then Michael van Gerwen in 2014.Barney and MVG thumped Taylor and Lewis 3-0 on that occasion - the only time these sides have met in the final - but a repeat could well be on the cards this Sunday in Frankfurt.

The other sides to reach the final have been Wales, Australia, Belgium and Scotland.

Past Finals2010 - Netherlands (Stompe & van Barneveld) 4-2 Wales (Webster & Bates)
2012 - England (Taylor & Lewis) 4-3 Australia (Whitlock & Nicholson)
2013 - England (Taylor & Lewis) 3-1 Belgium (Huybrechts & Huybrechts)
2014 - Netherlands (van Gerwen & van Barneveld) 3-0 England (Taylor & Lewis)
2015 - England (Taylor & Lewis) 3-2 Scotland (Anderson & Wright) 

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