Betfair World Cup of Darts Semi-Finals
REIGNING champions England will play Belgium in the Betfair World Cup of Darts final, after the nations enjoyed narrow semi-final wins over Wales and Finland in Hamburg.
Belgium's Kim Huybrechts missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish during his 4-1 Singles win over Jani Haavisto before Jarkko Komula replied for Finland with a 4-3 defeat of Ronny Huybrechts in their Singles game.
The Belgian brothers - spurred on by playing in memory of father Ludo, who passed away in December - then produced the highest Doubles average in the three-event history of the PDC World Cup of Darts with a 105.47 average in their whitewash of the Finland pair as they emotionally moved into the final.
They were joined by reigning champions England, who also went to a decisive Doubles contest before Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis edged a deciding leg to move into the final.
Taylor overcame Mark Webster 4-1 in their Singles game before Richie Burnett took a 4-3 win over Lewis - but although Webster finished 104 and 124 in the Doubles game as Wales took a 3-1 lead, the Welsh pair failed to kill off the game as England rallied.
Betfair World Cup of Darts
Finland 1-2 Belgium
England 2-1 Wales
Finland v Belgium
Jani Haavisto & Jarkko Komula v Kim & Ronny Huybrechts
|Singles 1||Jani Haavisto||1-4||Kim Huybrechts|
|Singles 2||Jarkko Komula||4-3||Ronny Huybrechts|
Belgium won the bull and will throw first in the opening Singles game and, if needed, the Doubles game. Finland will throw first in the second Singles game.
Jani Haavisto v Kim Huybrechts
0-1 - Huybrechts takes out 106 to win the opening leg.
0-2 - Huybrechts doubles his lead with a fine 120 checkout.
0-3 - Huybrechts' flying start continues as he opens with a 180 and fires in double 18 for a 13-darter.
1-3 - Haavisto opens with a 180, and Huybrechts replies with two maximums to set up a possible nine-darter, then hitting treble 20, treble 19 and missing double 12 for a perfect leg! He then misses five further match darts and Haavisto keeps his hopes alive with double ten.
1-4 - Huybrechts is this time able to land double 12 as he seals victory for Belgium in the opening Singles game.
Jarkko Komula v Ronny Huybrechts
1-0 - Komula lands double eight to win the opening leg.
1-1 - Huybrechts posts double 16 to level.
1-2 - Huybrechts opens with a ton and then hits back-to-back 180s before landing double eight.
2-2 - Double top sees Komula level.
3-2 - Komula puts himself ahead and within a leg of forcing a Doubles decider.
3-3 - Huybrechts opens with a 180, and when Komula misses two match darts he posts double eight to force a deciding leg.
4-3 - Huybrechts struggles to pressure Komula, who is first to a finish and has enough cushion to miss four more match darts before returning to pin double three.
Finland v Belgium
0-1 - Belgium hit a 180 in the opening leg before Ronny Huybrechts lands double 16.
0-2 - Kim Huybrechts opens the second leg with a maximum, and older brother Ronny finishes 76 in two darts to double their lead.
0-3 - Haavisto lands a 180, but Ronny Huybrechts hits the winning double once again, this time on double 12.
0-4 - Belgium complete a brilliant with a 105.47 average - a record for a Doubles game in the World Cup - as Kim Huybrechts finishes 60 on tops for a 14-darter. The pair emotionally embrace on stage as they dedicate the win to their late father Ludo.
"It's a very emotional moment," admitted Kim Huybrechts after the pair shared a tearful embrace on stage. "We dreamed of reaching the final and although we never expected to do this, it's happening for us. We both said that we're doing this for our dad as well as for Belgium, and he would be so proud. We feel like he's looking down on us and we're do happy to be in the final - but we have to focus now because we want to win the final."
England v Wales
Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis v Mark Webster & Richie Burnett
|Singles 1||Phil Taylor||4-1||Mark Webster|
|Singles 2||Adrian Lewis||3-4||Richie Burnett|
England won the bull and will throw first in the opening Singles game and, if needed, the Doubles game. Wales will throw first in the second Singles game.
Phil Taylor v Mark Webster
1-0 - Taylor wins the opening leg on double 16.
1-1 - Webster misses double ten to level, but when Taylor is unable to finish double 12 for a 93 finish, he returns to post a tricky double two to square the game.
2-1 - Webster hits a 180, but Taylor responds with a maximum of his own before landing double 16 to move back ahead.
3-1 - Taylor finishes a superb third-dart double top, with his other two darts hanging over the bed, to move a leg away from the win.
4-1 - Taylor hits a 177 and lands double 16 to give England the opening Singles point.
Adrian Lewis v Richie Burnett
0-1 - Burnett lands a 180 and hits double one to win the opening leg.
1-1 - Burnett opens with another maximum, with Lewis replying with a maximum before punishing three missed doubles from the Welshman by posting double ten to level.
1-2 - Burnett hits double four to win the third leg, again missing doubles before this time returning to edge ahead.
2-2 - Lewis posts a maximum and then finishes double ten to square the contest.
2-3 - Burnett continues to score well, and although he misses further doubles the former Lakeside Champion hits double four with his third dart to move a leg away from the win.
3-3 - Lewis pins double top to send the game into a deciding leg - which Wales must win to stay in the tournament and force a Doubles decider.
3-4 - Burnett kicks off the leg with a 180 and leaves 32 after 12 darts, finishing double eight for a 14-darter to send the game into a Doubles clash.
England v Wales
1-0 - Taylor finishes 96 on double eight as England open the Doubles contest with a 15-darter.
1-1 - Webster takes out 104 on double 12 to level.
1-2 - Taylor opens the leg with a 177, but misses double top, ten and five to win the leg and Webster finishes 124 on the bull to break throw.
1-3 - Burnett leaves 40 after 12 darts, and Webster posts double ten with his third dart to put Wales a leg away from the final.
2-3 - Lewis produces a timely 140, and Taylor takes out 95 on the bull to keep England in the game.
3-3 - England are first to a finish, with Taylor missing two darts to check out 86. Burnett, though, misses double ten for a 140 finish for the match, and Lewis takes out double four to send the tie into a deciding leg!
4-3 - England leave 103 after 12 darts and complete the comeback, with Taylor initially missing double 16 before Lewis hits the bed to take victory.