The Republic of Ireland reached the World Cup of Darts for the first time but fell to a 3-1 defeat to Scotland in Hamburg after a remarkable tournament.
Ireland had never won past the Last 16 in the previous eight World Cup tournaments, but the Irish pair of Steve Lennon and William O'Connor followed up a round two demolition of England by defeating Austria and the Netherlands on Sunday to defy the odds and reach the final.
Their semi-final triumph over the Netherlands was particularly memorable, as they whitewashed World No 1 Michael van Gerwen and Jermaine Wattimena 4-0 in the doubles decider with the aid of finishes of 131 and 128 from Lennon.
Ireland had begun Sunday's action with a 2-1 quarter-final defeat of Austria, demolishing their opponents 4-0 in the doubles decider.
They then secured the biggest win of their careers in a superb semi-final to end the Netherlands' title defence.
Lennon had lost 4-3 to World Champion Van Gerwen in their Singles tie, but Limerick man O'Connor swept aside Wattimena 4-1 before they limited the Dutch to just one dart at a double in the decisive doubles contest.
Republic of Ireland have qualified for the World Cup of Darts final after beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the semi-final.— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) June 9, 2019
The Irish team will play Scotland in tonight's decider, looking to complete a huge upset. pic.twitter.com/HNsborYDfV
This teed up a final meeting with the much vaunted pair of Peter Wright and two-time world champion Gary Anderson.
Lennon, from Carlow, opened the final with a 4-2 win over Gary Anderson, but Wright's 4-2 win over O'Connor saw them level before an outstanding Doubles whitewash moved them 2-1 up overall.
Wright then sealed glory for Scotland for the first time as he defeated Lennon 4-1 in their Singles tie to secure the £70,000 top prize and become only the third nation to win the event.
"I'm over the moon," said Wright. "To play with Gary, the best player on the planet, is an honour, and it's about time we did it.
"We didn't want to go into the pairs 2-0 down because we've done it in the past and it's not very nice.
"We've got to the final before and run out of steam in the past. Instead of those silver medals, we've got gold ones!"
The Scots had earlier raced past both Belgium and Japan with 2-0 wins to secure their place in the final, marking a hugely successful return to action for Anderson following his treatment for a back problem.
"I came here not knowing what to expect and it's been good, a confidence lifter," said Anderson. "Ireland in the semi-finals were fantastic, and they've been good."
New Zealand's run to a first World Cup quarter-final saw the challenge of Cody Harris and Haupai Puha ended with a 2-0 loss to Japan's Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu.
Canada's Dawson Murschell claimed a memorable 4-2 Singles win over Van Gerwen in their quarter-final, only to see Wattimena overcome Jim Long 4-2 before the Dutch took the Doubles contest 4-1.
Belgium's Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh were unable to match last year's semi-final appearance as they lost out 2-0 to Belgium in the last eight, where Austria also exited the event.