Live Darts on Friday June 1: World Cup of Darts 2018 Day Two preview and order of play

England's Dave Chisnall celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The First Round action continues at the World Cup of Darts on Friday as multiple champions Netherlands and England look to overcome minnow opposition.

Eighth seeds Austria became the first major casualties as they crashed out to Japan on opening night, while Scotland, Wales and Australia all safely progressed.

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld are bidding to retain the title for the Netherlands for the first time and equal England's record tally of four victories.

The deadly Dutch duo have been handed what would appear a routine tie with Gibraltar, but will be wary of the need to remain focused over the short pairs format.

Gibraltar are again represented by Dyson Parody - who took MVG to a last-leg decider in the 2016 Gibraltar Trophy - and Justin Broton - as they look to pull off what would be the biggest upset in the tournament's history.

A new-look England, who are without either Phil Taylor or Adrian Lewis for the first time, begin their campaign against Czech Republic.

Dave Chisnall makes his second appearance in the competition and is joined by reigning World Champion Rob Cross - who will be keen to make an instant impact on his debut.

The little-known Czech duo of Roman Benecky and Karel Sedlacek are facing the biggest night of their respective careers as they look to catch the box office duo cold.

Hosts Germany aim to raise the roof in Frankfurt by coming through a tough test against Sweden in the penultimate match of the evening.

Max Hopp, the reigning German Open champion, and emerging star Martin Schindler defeated Northern Ireland in Round One last year before bowing out to eventual champions Netherlands in the Quarter-Finals.

The young pair, who have a combined age of just 42, are flying the flag for German darts during its golden era and will be desperate to embark on a run on home soil this weekend.

They face a pair not short of big stage experience, with Nilsson having competed in both PDC and BDO World Championships and Larsson having twice taken to the Lakeside stage.

Belgium, runners-up in 2013, have been drawn to face Republic of Ireland in one of the stand-out ties of the First Round.

Kim Huybrechts enjoyed consistent success alongside his brother Ronny between 2012 and 2017 but is partnered for the first time by reigning World Youth Champion Dimitri van den Bergh.

Huybrechts has shown signs of a return to form in recent months, reaching a European Tout Semi-Final, while Van den Bergh warmed up for this event in dream fashion by reaching the final of last week's German Masters - defeating Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson in front of 20,000 fans.

Steve Lennon, a finalist on the European Tour this year, is an exciting addition to the Ireland side as he links up with World Cup ever-present William O'Connor.

Ireland lost in Round One in 2014 and have fallen at the Last 16 hurdle in six of their previous seven World Cup of Darts campaigns.

Northern Ireland, led by World Grand Prix winner Daryl Gurney, look to avert a potential banana skin at the hands of Poland.

Gurney is again paired with 2011 Grand Prix runner-up Brendan Dolan as they look to better their impressive run to the Semi-Finals here two years ago.

On paper, however, Poland appear one of the most dangerous unseeded nations, with World Masters champion Krzysztof Ratajski teaming up with Tytus Kanik - who earned a Tour Card at European Qualifying School in January.

Elsewhere, last year's giant-killers Singapore take on New Zealand in what appears a closely-matched contest.

The legendary Paul Lim, who stole the show in December's World Championship, is again partnered by namesake Harith Lim - with whom he reached the Quarter-Finals 12 months ago, defeating Scotland and Spain en route.

The Kiwi duo of Cody Harris and Warren Parry both have experience of playing on the World Championship and World Series stage and will fancy their chances of reaching Round Two.

Dancing Devon Petersen aims to inspire South Africa to victory alongside newcomer Liam O'Brien as they come up against Tamas Alexits and Nandor Bezzeg of Hungary.

John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis make up the Greece side to take on the capable Finland duo of Kim Viljanen and Marko Kantele, both of whom have competed at Alexandra Palace.

The action gets underway from 6pm BST, with First Round matches to be contested over the best of nine legs (pairs).

World Cup of Darts 2018 Schedule

All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Friday June 1

First Round

New Zealand v Singapore
Greece v Finland
Northern Ireland v Poland
Hungary v South Africa
Belgium v Republic of Ireland
England v Czech Republic
Sweden v Germany
Netherlands v Gibraltar

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