Japan oust Austria in Round One of the World Cup of Darts

Haruki Muramatsu of Japan in action (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Japan pulled off an upset on the opening night of the 2018 PDC World Cup as they knocked out eighth seeds Austria, while Scotland, Wales and Australia all safely prevailed in Frankfurt.

The 32-nation pairs tournament got off to a captivating start at the Eissporthalle on Thursday with a clutch of minnow sides advancing to the Last 16.

The Japanese duo of Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu produced a superb display to edge out Mensur Suljovic and Zoran Lerchbacher in a last-leg decider.

Asada and Muramatsu landed a combined four 180s and a 92.74 average as they punished ten missed darts at doubles from the well-fancied Austrians to cause a significant scalp.

There was to be no such misfortune for Scotland, however, as they atoned for last year's shock early exit to Singapore by thrashing USA 5-1.

Peter Wright and Gary Anderson, who reached the final in 2015, averaged 94.66 between them as they safely dispatched the veteran pairing of Darin Young and Larry Butler.

Wales, last year's beaten finalists, staved off a potential banana skin as they overcame rank outsiders Thailand 5-3.

Premier League star Gerwyn Price led by example for Wales as he landed a crucial 108 checkout and was aided by Austrian Open champion Jonny Clayton on his World Cup debut as they fended off a spirited effort from  Thanawat Gaweenuntavong and Attapol Eupakaree.

Australia, runners-up in 2012, coasted into Saturday's Second Round after a 5-1 rout of Hong Kong.

Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson recorded a solid 93.88 average, three 180s and 50 per cent on the doubles on the way to a routine win over Royden Lam and Ho-Yin Shek.

Switzerland moved through to the Second Round for the first time after a 5-2 victory over China.

Momo Zhou became only the second female to feature in the prestigious tournament as she partnered Xiaochen Zong, but the pair were left to rue 21 missed darts at doubles as Alexander Fehlmann and Andreas Bless took the spoils.

Brazil reached Round Two for the second successive year as Diogo Portela and Bruno Rangel dispatched Per Laursen and Henrik Primdal of Denmark by five legs to one with high finishes of 92 and 80.

Antonio Alcinas produced a sensational 136 checkout in the deciding leg to wrap up victory for Spain over Russia in a dramatic contest.

Alcinas had earlier landed a 141 checkout despite struggling in the scoring department alongside Cristo Reyes and the Spanish stars overturned deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to deny Boris Koltsov and Aleksandr Oreshkin.

Three-time World Champion John Part inspired Canada to a commanding 5-1 win over Italy alongside young debutant Dawson Murschell - who landed the winning double.

Italy were ultimately made to pay for 12 missed darts at doubles as the Canadian duo moved through to face Japan on Saturday afternoon.

World Cup of Darts 2018 Results


Thursday May 31

First Round

Italy 1-5 Canada
Russia 4-5 Spain
Switzerland 5-2 China
Denmark 1-5 Brazil
Wales 5-3 Thailand
Australia 5-1 Hong Kong
Scotland 5-1 United States of America
Austria 4-5 Japan



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