Scotland top seeds for Betway World Cup of Darts as line-up confirmed

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Dutch duo MVG and Raymond van Barneveld
Dutch duo MVG and Raymond van Barneveld

Scotland will be the number one seeds for the 2018 Betway World Cup of Darts following the confirmation of 32 teams for the event, with Rob Cross to make his debut for England.

The 32-nation World Cup of Darts is set to be held from May 31-June 3 at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Reigning champions Netherlands - three-time winners since the event's introduction in 2010 - will be represented once again by Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld as they bid to retain the title.

However, with seedings based on the cumulative PDC Order of Merit ranking of players, Scotland's Peter Wright and Gary Anderson - ranked second and fourth in the world - will be top seeds as they bid to erase the memory of a first-round exit to Singapore in 2017.

England, four-times winners, will have a new-look side as Dave Chisnall is joined by debutant Cross, whose World Championship win lifted him up to third in the world.

Former finalists Australia will be seeded fourth as Simon Whitlock teams up again with Kyle Anderson, while two-time runners-up Wales will see Gerwyn Price joined by another debutant, Jonny Clayton.

World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney partners Brendan Dolan for number six seeds Northern Ireland, who were semi-finalists in both 2014 and 2016.

Seventh seeds Belgium will see former finalist Kim Huybrechts partnered by reigning PDC Unicorn World Youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, who makes his debut in the event.

Austria's Mensur Suljovic and debutant Zoran Lerchbacher complete the eight seeds, with the remaining 24 nations being drawn at random in the first round.

The two surprise packages of the 2017 event, following runs to the quarter-finals, will retain the same pairings as Singapore once again see Paul Lim and Harith Lim in action and Russia are represented by Boris Koltsov and Aleksandr Oreshkin.

Host nation Germany, also quarter-finalists in 2017, will again be represented by youngster Max Hopp and Martin Schindler, while recent Development Tour event winner Dawson Murschell makes his debut alongside three-time world champion and Sporting Life columnist John Part for Canada.

Chinese youngster Xiaochen Zong is partnered by Momo Zhou, who becomes the second female competitor to take part in the event after qualifying recently.

Justin Broton edged out Dylan Duo to earn the right to partner Dyson Parody for Gibraltar, with new faces Alexander Fehlmann and Andreas Bless set to team up for Switzerland.

The draw for the Betway World Cup of Darts will be made on Thursday May 17.

2018 Betway World Cup of Darts teams

1 Scotland - Peter Wright & Gary Anderson

2 England - Rob Cross & Dave Chisnall

3 Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld

4 Australia - Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson

5 Wales - Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton

6 Northern Ireland - Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan

7 Belgium - Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh

8 Austria - Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher

Unseeded:

Brazil - Diogo Portela & Bruno Rangel

Canada - John Part & Dawson Murschell

China - Momo Zhou & Xiaochen Zong

Czech Republic - Roman Benecky & Karel Sedlacek

Denmark - Per Laursen & Henrik Primdal

Finland - Kim Viljanen & Marko Kantele

Germany - Max Hopp & Martin Schindler

Gibraltar - Dyson Parody & Justin Broton

Greece - John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis

Hong Kong - Royden Lam & Ho Yin Shek

Hungary - Tamas Alexits & Nandor Bezzeg

Italy - Michel Furlani & Alessio Medaina

Japan - Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu

New Zealand - Cody Harris & Warren Parry

Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik

Republic of Ireland - Steve Lennon & William O'Connor

Russia - Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin

Singapore - Paul Lim & Harith Lim

South Africa - Devon Petersen & Liam O'Brien

Spain - Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas

Sweden - Daniel Larsson & Dennis Nilsson

Switzerland – Alexander Fehlmann & Andreas Bless

Thailand - Thanawat Gaweenuntavong & Attapol Eupakaree

United States of America - Larry Butler & Darin Young

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