Live Darts on Sunday June 3: World Cup of Darts 2018 Day Four preview and order of play

Gary Anderson and Peter Wright of Scotland (credit:Kelly Deckers/PDC)

The 2018 World Cup of Darts draws to a close over two sessions on Sunday as the remaining eight nations battle it out for the title in Frankfurt.

Only two nations have ever managed to get their hands on this prestigious trophy - England and Netherlands - and both remain in the running to continue their dominance.

Netherlands are the reigning and three-time champions and are looking to retain this title for the first time and equal England's record haul of four.

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, undoubtedly the strongest pairing in the field, are yet to drop a yet between them in reaching the Quarter-Finals.

The deadly Dutch duo whitewashed Gibraltar 5-0 in Round One before recording back-to-back 4-0 wins in the singles ties against South Africa on Saturday.

Their next test comes in the shape of hosts Germany in a repeat of last year's Quarter-Final which saw Netherlands prevail in a pairs decider.

Max Hopp and Martin Schindler thrilled the Frankfurt faithful by knocking out sixth seeds Northern Ireland for the second year running and now aim to cause a huge upset on home soil.

Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis have guided England to all four of their World Cup crowns, now the new-looking pairing of Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall aim to follow suit.

Cross and Chisnall, however, have been far from convincing so far, battling past Czech Republic 5-3 before recovering from a point down to stave off an upset against Singapore.

England now take on Belgium in a repeat of the 2013 final as World Cup stalwart Kim Huybrechts and young debutant Dimitri van den Bergh look to stake a claim for their first title.

The Belgians edged out Republic of Ireland in a thrilling opener before brushing aside Finland with successive singles wins and will be quietly confident of ending England's hopes for the first time.

The afternoon's opening Quarter-Final sees number one seeds Scotland take on surprise package Japan.

Scotland, the 2015 runners-up, have dropped just two legs in seeing off USA and Brazil, and Gary Anderson and Peter Wright start out as huge favourites to send home the Japanese duo.

Japan kick-started their run with a 5-4 scalp of eighth seeds Austria before defeating Canada with successive singles victories to reach the Quarter-Finals for only the second time.

Seigo Asada has been their stand-out performer so far, hitting five 180s in the First Round and coming from 3-1 down to defeat John Part on Saturday, while Haruki Muramatsu has utilised his vast experience on this stage.

Two former World Cup finalists go head-to-head in perhaps the most closely-matched Last Eight tie as Wales face Australia.

Gerwyn Price, who partnered Mark Webster to the final last year, is paired with debutant Jonny Clayton this time around, and the duo have been made to work hard for their place in the latter stages.

They began with a 5-3 win over Thailand before surviving a scare against Switzerland to come through a pairs decider after Price had lost his singles tie.

Australia, meanwhile, thrashed Hong Kong 5-1 in their opener and also came from behind to see off Spain in the pairs shoot-out.

Simon Whitlock was a finalist alongside Paul Nicholson in 2012 and is now relying on Auckland Masters champion Kyle Anderson to step up to the mark and book their place in the Semi-Finals for the first time since 2014.

The action gets underway from 12pm BST, with all matches to be contested over two best of seven legs singles matches. If the scores are tied, a best of seven legs doubles decider will be played.

The final will be played as two best of seven leg singles matches, followed by a best of seven-leg doubles match and then reverse singles matches. The first team to win three games is declared the winner.

World Cup of Darts 2018 Schedule


All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Sunday June 3

Afternoon Session (12pm-4pm)

Quarter-Finals

Scotland v Japan
Wales v Australia
England v Belgium
Netherlands v Germany

Evening Session (6pm-10pm)

Semi-Finals
Scotland/Japan v Wales/Australia
England/Belgium v Germany/Netherlands

Final


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