Favourites Wales storm to victory - World Cup of Darts review

Published on 19 June 2023 at 13:00

Alistair Gordon

(SportingLife, 2023)

After a dramatic final day of the 2023 MyDieselClaim.com World Cup of Darts, it was the Welsh team who came out on top as Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton took the trophy back to The Valleys for a second time. Here's a little look at how it unfolded...

Yesterday's results:

Quarter Finals:

Wales 8 - 5 Sweden

Belgium 8 - 7 Australia

Germany 8 - 3 England

Scotland 8 - 0 France



Semi Finals:

Wales 8 - 7 Belgium

Scotland 8 - 5 Germany



Wales 10 - 2 Scotland



So there you have it, as I predicted Price and Clayton were just too strong in the end for the rest of the field, however I also said the Scots would be going for an early exit so I wasn't entirely accurate. In the end it was in fact England who went for an early bath after a humiliating defeat to Germany. This has put the inclusion of Rob Cross under scrutiny as there will be plenty of players (Humphries, Aspinall, Cullen) who will be chomping at the bit to take his place. Furthermore, I'm not sure the doubles format suits the fast paced style of World Champion, Michael Smith.

In terms of surprise packages, not many would have foreseen the French reaching the quarter final. Neither Jacques Labre and Thibault Tricole are in the top 100 of the world rankings, so for them to get to the last eight is an incredible achievement. The Polish team also surprised everyone when breaking the world record for the highest average in a doubles match in the tournament. Krzysztof Ratajski and Krzysztof Kciuk's astonishing 118.10 average in a group stage match against Lithuania was my highlight of the World Cup.

Whenever the PDC tamper with the format of events, it doesn't always pay off. Despite this, the scrapping of single matches has worked a treat in this year's World Cup. On the darting calendar, we see players against each other every week so there's no real need to have it in the World Cup too. Playing not only for yourself, but for your teammate and your country is what makes this tournament so entertaining and unique.

Speaking of the darting calendar, its back to normality for the arrow-smiths, as up next is the 2023 Poland Darts Masters before they make a little trip to Blackpool.


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