World Cup of Darts quarters: Part rolls back years to lead Canada to latter rounds
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | June 4, 2016
2016 World Cup of Darts
- Sunday, June 5th
- Quarters session: 13:00-17:00 BST
- Semis and final session: 19:00-23:00 BST
- Eissporthalle, Frankfurt am Main
- Live on Sky Sports 1
Wales the only fallen seed ahead of quarters
The 2016 World Cup of Darts has now reached the latter rounds and the final day, as seven out of the eight seeds have made it to the quarter-finals, with just Wales falling earlier than expected.
While there are no individual singles odds available yet, you can still get prices on each tie and the title, or wait to bet on the in-play match markets.
So, read on to view Coral’s preview of the last eight battles, that feature the likes of England, Scotland and the Netherlands, before the semis and final later in the evening…
England v Austria
Peter Lim and Mensur Suljovic played out one of the most thrilling World Cup matches you’d wish to see, taking out ton-plus finishes and scoring high.
In the end it was the Austrian who came through, and his teammate Rowby-John Rodriguez soon followed with a more straightforward victory to meet England in the quarters.
Austria (3/1) certainly looked better than the defending champions, who simply got the job done against China in a low-scoring and lacklustre affair, but multiple world champs and three-time World Cup winners Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis are the 1/4 odds-on favourites.
Canada v Northern Ireland
John Part continued to roll back the years by leading Canada into the quarter-finals for the first time in World Cup of Darts history, after a fine performance in his singles win over fellow former world champion Mark Webster and then the doubles delight against a much-fancied Welsh pairing.
Now the Canadians (7/4 match shouts) have been handed a tie against fourth seeds Northern Ireland (4/9 favourites), who advanced at the expense of south neighbours Republic of Ireland with the need of a decider.
The green army tend to do well at World Cups, having now reached this stage in four of the last five finals, and are now tempting title outsiders at 18/1.
Scotland v Belgium
Gary Anderson showed just why he’s the world champion and one of the best players in the world, after he took out a phenomenal 160 checkout to beat Cor Dekker 4-3 in Scotland’s opening singles clash, with the Norwegian waiting on a two-dart finish.
Robert Thornton confirmed the Scots’ progression, but Belgium looked in more imperious form after smashing Hungary to get to this stage, and the Huybrechts brothers certainly seem up for the occasion.
This really could go either way between two former runner-ups, as Scotland (1/3 match favourites) boast an overall higher ranking but Belgium (9/4) boast a unique combination.
Australia v Netherlands
Australia (9/2) rode their luck against Denmark, needing a doubles decider to determine the tie after Kyle Anderson lost his singles clash, and will certainly need to up their game considerably when they come up against the Netherlands (1/7) next.
However, Michael van Gerwen looked far from his best in his singles face-off with the Philippines’ Gilbert Ulang, so is an upset on the cards here?
In what is perhaps one of the most open World Cups in its six editions, the Netherlands are still the title favourites at 5/4.