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England regain Darts World Cup
14 Jun 2015 23:11
England's Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis claimed a third bwin World Cup of Darts title in four years with a thrilling victory over Scotland's Gary Anderson and Peter Wright in Frankfurt.
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Earlier wins over Belgium and Holland respectively had set up the all-British finale.
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Taylor kicked off the final with an amazing 113.43 average - an individual record for the World Cup of Darts - in a 4-0 whitewash of Wright, only to see Anderson see off Lewis 4-1. The Doubles clash then went the way of England as Taylor took out 101 to win the deciding leg for a 4-3 triumph - only to then see himself beaten by a sublime Singles display by Anderson, who averaged 108 and took out finishes of 150 and 110 in a 4-1 win. That sent the final to a decisive Singles tie between Lewis and Wright, and it was the two-time world champion who rose to the occasion. Lewis recorded checkouts of 87, 70 and 74 to take a 3-0 lead, and though Wright responded with an 11-darter, the Englishman took the next in 14 darts to give England the title
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Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan and Mickey Mansell lost out in the quarter-final stages to the powerhouse Dutch duo of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, having beaten Thailand and New Zealand along the way.
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The Republic of Ireland team of Willie O’Connor and Connie Finnan recorded a first-round win over Poland but were narrowly beaten in round two by Hong Kong in one of the games of the tournament.
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