Germany do the double over Northern Ireland at the World Cup of Darts

Schindler celebrates victory for Germany (credit:Kelly Deckers/PDC)

Hosts Germany knocked out Northern Ireland for the second successive year at the World Cup of Darts as they moved through to the Quarter-Finals, while Netherlands, England and Scotland all safely progressed.

Max Hopp and Martin Schindler had claimed a deciding-leg victory over Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan in last year's First Round and held their nerve in the pairs format once again to delight the Frankfurt faithful.

Gurney got Northern Ireland off to a perfect start by whitewashing Schindler 4-0 before Hopp edged out Dolan 4-3 to force a pairs shoot-out.

The 21-year-old duo underlined their unrivalled team chemistry by pulling off a 4-2 victory over Grand Prix finalists to reach the Last Eight for the second year running.

"The crowd supported us all the way through and we are absolutely delighted to get the win," said Hopp.

"It was a relief to survive the match darts against Brendan but once we got through to the doubles I told Martin we beat them last year so we can do it again.

"I was very glad to take out the 100 to get us through to the quarter-finals and now we will rest up for tomorrow and go again.

"It would be a dream come true to lift the World Cup trophy in front of our home crowd and that is what we will try to do."

Four-time champions England, represented this year by Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall, survived a scare as they came from behind to edge out Singapore.

Paul Lim, 64, had recorded a magnificent 4-2 victory over Cross with a 102.3 average to the World Champion's 103.5 to hand Singapore the first point.

Chisnall then overcame Harith Lim 4-2 with the aid of three 180s, and the English duo punished 12 missed darts at doubles from their opponents in the pairs match en route to a decisive 4-1 triumph.

"I'm relieved to be through and I think we'll get better as we go on tomorrow," said Cross.

"I didn't play badly in my Singles game but Paul was great. He hit everything and it put us in a situation but Dave dug us out of a hole with his Singles win and then in the Doubles we were good.

"I've got a lot of faith in Dave and when he gets his scoring right, there's nobody in the world who can score like him and it's a pleasure to play with him."

England will now face Belgium in Sunday's Quarter-Finals after they brushed aside Finland by two points to nil.

Kim Huybrechts began with a 4-0 whitewash of Marko Kantele before World Youth Champion Dimitri van den Bergh dispatched Kim Viljanen 4-1 with a 100 average.

Defending champions Netherlands are yet to lose a leg after they powered past South Africa with two singles whitewashes.

Michael van Gerwen thrashed debutant Liam O'Brien 4-0 before Raymond van Barneveld repeated the dose on a struggling Devon Petersen.

Wales, last year's beaten finalists, needed a pairs decider to avert an upset against Switzerland after Gerwyn Price lost 4-3 to Alexander Fehlmann in the opening singles tie after missing four match darts.

Jonny Clayton steadied the ship by whitewashing Andreas Bless, and the Welsh duo averted the danger by prevailing 4-1 in the pairs decider.

Japan booked their place in the Quarter-Finals for only the second time after a 2-0 victory over Canada.

Seigo Asada, who hit five 180s in their First Round scalp of Austria, came from 3-1 down to deny three-time World Champion John Part in the first singles tie.

Soft-tip star Haruki Muramatsu then put the gloss on a fine victory by whitewashing young debutant Dawson Murschell.

The Japanese duo will now face Scotland on Sunday after the number one seeds brushed aside Brazil for the loss of just one leg.

Peter Wright firstly punished six missed darts from Diogo Portela on the way to a 4-1 win, before Gary Anderson thrashed newcomer Bruno Rangel 4-0.

Australia, beaten finalists in 2012, came from behind to edge out Spain in a pairs decider.

Cristo Reyes put the first point on the board for Spain with a high checkout of 106 and 66 per cent on the doubles in a 4-2 defeat of Simon Whitlock.

Kyle Anderson levelled the scoreline as he sealed a 4-1 victory over Antonio Alcinas with a sensational 170 checkout.

The match went down to the final leg of the doubles decider before Whitlock finished 70 to ensure Australia advanced to the latter stages.

"It was a real battle and there were a few nerves on that stage at the end," said Anderson.

"We came good at the end which is the main thing, but we know there is more to come from us.

"We’re feeling confident, ready and up for the Wales match and I think if we play our best game we can go even further this year."

World Cup of Darts 2018 Results

Saturday June 2

Second Round

Afternoon Session

Wales 2-1 Switzerland
Gerwyn Price 3-4 Alexander Fehlmann
Jonny Clayton 4-0 Andreas Bless
Price/Clayton 4-1 Fehlmann/Bless

Australia 2-1 Spain
Simon Whitlock 2-4 Cristo Reyes
Kyle Anderson 4-1 Toni Alcinas
Whitlock/Anderson 4-3 Reyes/Alcinas

Japan 2-0 Canada
Seigo Asada 4-3 John Part
Haruki Muramatsu 4-0 Dawson Murschell

Scotland 2-0 Brazil
Peter Wright 4-1 Diogo Portela
Gary Anderson 4-0 Bruno Rangel

Evening Session

Belgium 2-0 Finland
Kim Huybrechts 4-0 Marko Kantele
Dimitri van den Bergh 4-1 Kim Viljanen

England 2-1 Singapore
Rob Cross 2-4 Paul Lim
Dave Chisnall 4-2 Harith Lim
Cross/Chisnall 4-1 Lim/Lim

Northern Ireland 1-2 Germany
Daryl Gurney 4-0 Martin Schindler
Brendan Dolan 3-4 Max Hopp
Gurney/Dolan 2-4 Schindler/Hopp

Netherlands 2-0 South Africa
Michael van Gerwen 4-0 Liam O'Brien
Raymond van Barneveld 4-0 Devon Petersen

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