Reigning champions Wales began the defence of their Cazoo World Cup of Darts title by progressing to the last 16 with victory over Finland.

Welsh pair Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton won 5-2 against Marko Kantele and Veijo Viinikka at Sparkassen Arena in Jena, Germany.

Lithuanian duo Darius Labanauskas and Mindaugas Barauskas await the second seeds in the next round following their 5-3 win over Hungary.

Scotland eased through their opener, with Peter Wright and John Henderson whitewashing China 5-0 to set up a meeting with Poland, who defeated Czech Republic 5-2.

Three-time PDC world champion Michael van Gerwen and his partner Dirk Van Duijvenbode secured comfortable progression for the Netherlands, winning 5-1 against Denmark.

Singapore are up next for the Dutch third seeds following their 5-4 success against Gibraltar, while elsewhere on the opening night of the 32-team knockout competition United States beat Sweden 5-1 and Australia overcame Italy 5-0.

First-round matches in the top half of the draw take place on Friday, including a Republic of Ireland team featuring William O'Connor and Steve Lennon, who take on Portugal.