World Cup of Darts 2018 Day Three: Afternoon Session preview and order of play

John Part and Dawson Murschell of Canada (credit:Kelly Deckers)

The Second Round of the 2018 World Cup of Darts gets underway on Saturday afternoon as the seeded nations aim to stamp their authority over the singles format.

Austria were the only seeded side to fall at the first hurdle in Frankfurt, though a number of potential dark horses remain in the running.

Focus now switches from pairs to singles in the latter stages, however pairs will come back into play if the teams cannot be split after the two singles ties.

Scotland, the number one seeds and 2015 runners-up, look to end the hopes of Samba darters Brazil - who are appearing in only their second World Cup of Darts.

Peter Wright and Gary Anderson swept aside USA's Larry Butler and Darin Young 5-1 with a 94.66 average and the Premier League pair start out as huge favourites to see off Diogo Portela and Bruno Rangel.

Brazil thrashed Denmark 5-1 to reach Round Two here for the second year running, though Portela and Alexandre Sattin managed just one leg between them in last year's singles defeat to Germany.

Wales, last year's beaten finalists, aim to power past minnows Switzerland in the opening tie of the afternoon session.

Gerwyn Price and debutant Jonny Clayton did not have things all their own way against Thailand but will look to utilise their vast experience over the conventional format.

Switzerland's win over China on Thursday was their first ever in this competition, but Alexander Fehlmann and Andreas Bless now face a huge task against this year's Austrian Open finalists.

Australia, runners-up six years ago, face a tricky tie against Spain in arguably the stand-out tie of the session.

Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson brushed aside Hong Kong for the loss of just one leg and are bidding to atone for last year's shock Second Round exit at the hands of Russia.

Spain, meanwhile, needed a moment of brilliance from Antonio Alcinas to see off the Russians, with a 136 checkout in the deciding leg sealing the deal to follow on from his earlier 141 finish.

Alcinas, alongside Cristo Reyes, also suffered a shock Second Round defeat 12 months ago - going down to Singapore - but go into this match as underdogs as they aim to oust the number four seeds.

Japan pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament so far when they knocked out eighth seeds Austria on opening night, now Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu aim to repeat those heroics when they take on Canada.

Asada was the stand-out performer for Japan as he landed five 180s in their last-leg triumph and he will hope to pick up from where he left off when he goes solo. 

Three-time World Champion John Part inspired Canada to a 5-1 rout of Italy in Round One, and the 51-year-old aims to roll back the years once again.

His rookie team-mate Dawson Murschell, 22, took time to settle in to their opening contest but the Development Tour ace may feel more at home over the singles format.

The action gets underway from 12.30pm 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.

World Cup of Darts 2018 Schedule


All times BST (Local time one hour ahead)

Saturday June 2

Second Round - Singles order of play TBC

Afternoon Session (12.30pm-4.30pm)
Wales v Switzerland
Australia v Spain
Japan v Canada
Scotland v Brazil


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