South Africa scrape though as England cruise
On another night of seeds taking on the outsiders, the match of the night saw Devon Petersen and Carl Gabriel come from a seemingly unassailably position in the final leg to wrap up the win as Carl found tops with his last dart in hand.
The first match of the night saw Japan upset the potential bogeymen of Boris Koltsov and Evgenii Isotov, before Portugal showed their potential as they defeated the Irish pair of Willie O’Connor and Steve Lennon.
Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan dispatched the Hong Kong pair. Before the Germans edged past Jeff Smith and Matt Campbell of Canada.
The near shock looked like it may affect the English duo of James Wade and Dave Chisnall, very briefly, until they took control of their matchup, going ahead 3-2 with a clinical 2 dart 64 and closing it out from there.
The final matchup of the day saw everyone’s closest couple from last year, see Dimi van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts put on the show and fun for the fans they craved last year.
Despite a slow scoring start, they found their finishing, and kicked on to close out what looked a more comfortable win that in probably was live, as Dimi and Kim routed their talented Greek opponents 5-2. The levels became apparent in the latter stages despite the spirited attempts of all the qualifiers!
2021 Cazoo World Cup of Darts Results
Friday September 10
8x First Round
Japan 5-1 Russia
South Africa 5-4 Spain
Portugal 5-4 Republic of Ireland
Austria 5-1 Philippines
Northern Ireland 5-4 Hong Kong
Germany 5-3 Canada
England 5-3 Brazil
Belgium 5-2 Greece
Saturday September 11
Afternoon Session (1400 local time, 1300 BST)
4x Second Round
Northern Ireland v Portugal
England v South Africa
Australia v USA
Belgium v Austria
Evening Session (2000 local time, 1900 BST)
4x Second Round
Scotland v Poland
Germany v Japan
Netherlands v Singapore
Wales v Lithuania
The Second Round 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