World Cup of Darts results: Scotland's Gary Anderson and Peter Wright win the title for the first time

Peter Wright and Gary Anderson won the World Cup of Darts for Scotland (Picture: Stefan Strassenberg/PDC Europe)
Peter Wright and Gary Anderson won the World Cup of Darts for Scotland (Picture: Stefan Strassenberg/PDC Europe)

Scotland won the World Cup of Darts for the first time in their history after ending the heroic run of Republic of Ireland with a 3-1 victory in the final.

The dream team duo of Gary Anderson and Peter Wright had lost their two previous finals against England in 2015 and Netherlands 12 months ago but this year they deservedly got their hands on the trophy after a largely dominant weekend in Hamburg.

Their triumph also broke the duopoly that England and Netherlands had on this event throughout its previous eight stagings, although it was Republic of Ireland's Steve Lennon and William O'Connor that ended their respective hopes of winning it for a fifth time.

On Saturday the impressive Irish pair, who were 66/1 at the start of the tournament on Thursday, took out the highly fancied English pairing of Rob Cross and Michael Smith before upsetting Mensur Suljovic's Austria in Sunday's quarter-finals and then the defending champions of Michael van Gerwen and his debutant partner Jermaine Wattimena.

Lennon threatened another shock as he averaged 99 and produced a high checkout of 110 in a 4-2 win over Anderson in the opening singles match but Wright's mark of 96.73 was enough to level matters as he saw off O'Connor by the same scoreline.

The Scots then moved into a 2-1 lead overall after crushing the Irish 4-0 in the doubles as they averaged almost 97 compared to their opponents' 83.47 and hit four of their seven attempts at doubles.

Snakebite then defeated Lennon 4-1 in a reverse singles, with an average of almost 99 and missing just two darts at doubles, which saw them take an unassailable 3-1 lead and collect the top prize of ยฃ70,000.

Wright, who celebrates his first title of 2019, told www.pdc.tv: "I'm over the moon. To play with Gary, the best player on the planet, is an honour, and it's about time we did it. We're both quality players and we should have won it ages ago, but it's happened now, we've got that monkey off our backs.

"We clicked this year and that's why we won. We've got to the final before and run out of steam in the past. Instead of those silver medals, we've got gold ones! We didn't want to go into the pairs 2-0 down because we've done it in the past and it's not very nice."

Anderson, who'd earlier helped Wright see off both Belgium and Japan 2-0, showed he's back to somewhere near his best in just his sixth event of the year following his back problem

"I came here not knowing what to expect and it's been good, a confidence lifter," said Anderson. "Ireland in the semi-finals were fantastic, and they've been good.

"I'm quite happy. My throw's still not 100 percent but we got there. We played the right games at the right times. It's special. We've been beaten by the best in the world and it's taken them to beat us, but we got there at last."

Ireland were 66/1 before a dart was thrown on Sunday but can be proud of their efforts after a dream run to their first final.

Lennon said: "Obviously we're gutted. We've done so well to get here but we will try and take the positives from it. I think we played brilliant as a team. Getting to the final was immense, we couldn't have dreamed of it.

"[Scotland] were brilliant, it's why they're two of the best players in the world but we showed what we can do and we'll hopefully be back here next year."

O'Connor added: "I'll look back on the whole tournament positively. Myself and Steve are in the final of the World Cup, it's a dream come true.

"I knew we could do it and it's a pity we couldn't go that one step further. I'm proud to represent Ireland.

"Scotland threw some unreal darts in the final, and the fans were absolutely fantastic all weekend."

Semi-final round up

Scotland's Peter Wright brought the house down with a score of nine during one visit but this didn't stop Snakebite and Gary Anderson reaching the World Cup of Darts final, where they'll face the Republic of Ireland.

Snakebite was leading Japan's Haruki Muramatsu 2-1 in their singles match when he pinned three treble ones although he went on to take the leg and then the next to complete a 4-1 victory which sealed Scotland's semi-final triumph.

Gary Anderson had earlier beaten an impressive Seigo Asada 4-2 - with both players averaging 100 - which meant last year's runners-up progressed to the title match without the need of a deciding doubles clash.

Anderson and Wright are now bidding to lift the trophy for their first time having twice lost in the final against England's Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis back in 2015 and the Dutch duo of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 12 months ago.

They will play first-time finalists Republic of Ireland as Steve Lennon and William O'Connor stunned MVG and his new partner Jermaine Wattimena 2-1 to end the Netherlands' hopes of a fifth World Cup.

Van Gerwen had set the Dutch on the path to victory with a 4-3 win over Lennon in the opening singles tie but O'Connor's superb 4-1 triumph against Wattimena set up a doubles decider, which the Irish pairing clinched 4-0.

The tone had been set in the opening leg, when O'Connor's 174 sett up Lennon for a brilliant 131 checkout while a similarly impressive 128 from the latter put them 3-0 up.

Quarter-final round-up

Netherlands overcame a scare against Canada to continue their World Cup of Darts defence, and they were joined in the semi-finals by Scotland, Japan and the Republic of Ireland.

Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena needed a doubles decider to see off Canada's Dawson Murschell and Jim Long 2-1 in their quarter-final tie in Hamburg.

Van Gerwen suffered his first Singles defeat in the World Cup since 2016 as he went down 4-2 to Dawson Murschell, who capitalised on the World Champion's 20 missed doubles to give Canada the advantage.

Van Gerwen opened the game with a 180 but survived ten misses to claim the opening leg, and landed double ten to move two legs up.

However, Murschell finished 72 to get off the mark and tops in the next two to move 3-2 up, before being given a reprieve for his own misses to return on double five to take a memorable win.

Jermaine Wattimena overcame a scare to send the tie into a Doubles decider, taking a 4-2 win over Jim Long in their Singles contest.

Like Van Gerwen, Wattimena opened up a 2-0 lead - finishing duble 16 and then 100 - only to see missed doubles give his rival a way back into the game.

Long finished tops in leg three and, after Wattimena took the fourth, the Canadian finished 96 with single 20, double 18 and tops to close the gap to 3-2.

Long then missed tops to complete another double-double combination in leg six, and two further misses allowed Wattimena back on double 16 to take the win and set up a decisive Doubles match.

The first two legs of the doubles game were tied, but Van Gerwen finshed 64 to win a nervy third leg and posted double 16 to move his side 3-1 up before Wattimena posted double 12 to book a semi-final place for his country.

The Netherlands now face the Republic of Ireland in Sunday evening's semi-finals, with the Irish continuing their best-ever World Cup campaign with a 2-1 success against Austria.

Steve Lennon gave Ireland the advantage by defeating Zoran Lerchbacher 4-1 in the opening Singles tie.

The pair shared the opening two legs before Lennon finished 106 in the third to edge back in front and then capitalised on some scrappy finishing from Lerchbacher in the next two to take the win.

Mensur Suljovic then sent the quarter-final into a Doubles decider by whitewashing William O'Connor.

The pair had produced the stand-out individual performances in Saturday's second round, and this time it was Suljovic who was dominant as he restricted O'Connor to just one dart at a double.

The Austrian edged the opener on double one, but then took out 96 to break in leg two, posted a 14-darter and then capitalised on O'Connor's missed double 18 to secure the win with a 13-dart leg.

O'Connor, though, stepped up in style to hit the winning double in all four legs of the Doubles decider as they whitewashed the Austrian pair to claim a semi-final place.

He began by capitalising on a miss at tops from Lerchbacher to take out 62 in the opener, before adding double nine, double ten and double two to move himself and Lennon into the last four.

Japan also won through to their first World Cup semi-final as Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu secured a 2-0 win over New Zealand.

Asada secured the opening Singles tie for Japan by defeating Cody Harris 4-1.

Asada landed a 180 as he broke in the first leg, tops for the second and the scored 140, 140 and 180 as he took the third with a 12-darter.

Harris landed a 174 in reply as he took the fourth following three missed match darts from his rival, but the New Zealander paid for two wired darts at double 18 as Asada sealed victory on double four.

Muramatsu then took a 4-3 win over Haupai Puha to secure his nation's place in the last four - with the Japanese ace having been a quarter-finalist in 2013 and 2018.

Muramatsu came from a leg down to lead 2-1 before Puha punished three misses at tops from his rival to level.

Tops moved Muramatsu 3-2 up, with Puha taking out 76 in two darts to force a decider only to see the Japanese ace be first to a finish as he again landed double top to seal the win.

Two-time finalists Scotland remain on course to challenge for another spot in the final after booking their last four place against Japan with a 2-0 defeat of Belgium.

Gary Anderson secured the opening Singles tie with a 4-2 defeat of Kim Huybrechts.

The Belgian took the opening leg against the throw with a 14-darter, but missed three darts at doubles across the next two legs as Anderson clinically capitalised to move 2-1 up.

Huybrechts levelled again with a 14-darter, but Anderson continued a superb performance with legs of 12 and 13 darts to move Scotland ahead in the tie.

Wright ensured Scotland's passage to the semi-finals by matching that scoreline against Dimitri Van den Bergh.

The pair shared the opening four legs, with Wright firing in an 11-darter in the four to level before breaking with a 76 finish to move 3-2 up.

Van den Bergh fired in five perfect darts to open leg six, but he was unable to stop Wright finishing double 12 to complete victory for Scotland.

Sunday Results and Schedule

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Sunday June 9
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals (Best of 3 points)
(2x best-of-7-leg singles matches & one best-of-7-leg doubles decider if required)

  • Japan 2-0 New Zealand
    Singles One: Seigo Asada 4-1 Cody Harris
    Singles Two: Haruki Muramatsu 4-3 Haupai Puha
    Doubles: (Not Needed)
  • Scotland 2-0 Belgium
    Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-2 Kim Huybrechts
    Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
    Doubles: (Not Needed)
  • Republic of Ireland 2-1 Austria
    Singles One: Steve Lennon 4-1 Zoran Lerchbacher
    Singles Two: William O'Connor 0-4 Mensur Suljovic
    Doubles: Republic of Ireland 4-0 Austria
  • Netherlands 2-1 Canada
    Singles One: Michael van Gerwen 2-4 Dawson Murschell
    Singles Two: Jermaine Wattimena 4-2 Jim Long
    Doubles: Netherlands 4-1 Canada

Evening Session (7pm local time, 6pm BST)
Semi-Finals (Best of 3 points)
(2x best-of-7-leg singles matches & one best-of-7-leg doubles decider if required)

  • Scotland 2-0 Japan
    Singles One: Gary Anderson 4-2 Seigo Asada
    Singles Two: Peter Wright 4-1 Haruki Muramatsu
    Doubles: (Not Needed)
  • Republic of Ireland 2-1 Netherlands
    Singles One: Steve Lennon 3-4 Michael van Gerwen
    Singles Two: William O'Connor 4-1 Jermaine Wattimena
    Doubles: Repubic of Ireland 4-0 Netherlands

Final (Best of 5 points)
(2x best-of-7-leg singles matches, one best-of-7-leg doubles, then reverse singles)

  • Republic of Ireland 1-3 Scotland
    Singles One: Steve Lennon 4-2 Gary Anderson
    Singles Two: William O'Connor 2-4 Peter Wright
    Doubles: Republic of Ireland 0-4 Scotland
    Singles Three: Steve Lennon 1-4 Peter Wright
    Singles Four: Not needed

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