2022 Cazoo World Cup of Darts preview

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2022 Cazoo World Cup of Darts draw

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The 32 two-player pairings for the 2022 Cazoo World Cup of Darts have been confirmed ahead of June's tournament in Germany.

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May 23 2022

The 32 competing nations in the 2022 Cazoo World Cup of Darts have been confirmed ahead of June's tournament in Frankfurt.

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Portuguese players will get the chance to win a spot alongside Jose de Sousa in June's 2022 Cazoo World Cup of Darts.

The 2022 Cazoo World Cup of Darts took place from June 16-19 at the Eissporthalle, Frankfurt.

The tournament saw 32 nations in action, each represented by two players.

Australia won the title for the first time, as Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock defeated Wales' Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton in the final.

2022 Cazoo World Cup of Darts
Schedule of Play
Thursday June 16 (1900 local time)

First Round x8
Denmark 5-2 Singapore
New Zealand 5-3 Switzerland
Republic of Ireland 5-2 Canada
Austria 5-3 Finland
Northern Ireland 5-3 Gibraltar
Wales 5-2 Philippines
Germany 5-4 Spain
Netherlands 5-0 Brazil

Friday June 17 (1900 local time)
First Round x8
Latvia 5-1 Hungary
Poland 5-4 USA
Sweden 5-2 South Africa
Portugal 5-3 Italy
Australia 5-2 Lithuania
England 5-1 Czech Republic
Scotland 5-1 Hong Kong
Belgium 5-2 Japan

Saturday June 18
Afternoon Session
Second Round
Northern Ireland 2-0 New Zealand
Singles One: 
Daryl Gurney 4-2 Ben Robb
Singles Two: Brendan Dolan 4-2 Warren Parry
Doubles (not required): 

Netherlands 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Singles One:
Danny Noppert 4-1 William O'Connor
Singles Two: Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-1 Steve Lennon
Doubles (not required): 

Wales 2-1 Austria
Singles One:
Gerwyn Price 4-3 Mensur Suljovic
Singles Two: Rowby-John Rodriguez 4-2 Jonny Clayton
Doubles: Wales 4-3 Austria

Germany 2-0 Denmark
Singles One:
Martin Schindler 4-1 Vladimir Andersen
Singles Two: Gabriel Clemens 4-1 Andreas Toft Jorgensen
Doubles (not required): 

Evening Session
Australia 2-1 Sweden

Singles One: Simon Whitlock 4-3 Johan Engstrom
Singles Two: Damon Heta 3-4 Daniel Larsson
Doubles: Australia 4-1 Sweden

Belgium 2-0 Poland
Singles One:
Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
Singles Two: Kim Huybrechts 4-2 Sebastian Bialecki
Doubles (not required): 

England 2-1 Latvia
Singles One:
Michael Smith 4-0 Nauris Gleglu
Singles Two: James Wade 3-4 Madars Razma
Doubles: England 4-2 Latvia

Scotland 2-1 Portugal
Singles One:
John Henderson 4-0 Vítor Jerónimo
Singles Two: Peter Wright 3-4 Jose De Sousa
Doubles: Scotland 4-0 Portugal

Sunday June 19
Afternoon Session (1300 local time)
Quarter-Finals

Netherlands 2-0 Northern Ireland
Singles One:
 Danny Noppert 4-2 Daryl Gurney
Singles Two: Dirk van Duijvenbode 4-3 Brendan Dolan
Doubles (Not required): Netherlands v Northern Ireland

Wales 2-0 Germany
Singles One: 
Gerwyn Price 4-0 Martin Schindler
Singles Two: Jonny Clayton 4-2 Gabriel Clemens
Doubles (Not required): Wales v Germany

Belgium 1-2 Australia
Singles One: Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-2 Damon Heta
Singles Two: Kim Huybrechts 3-4 Simon Whitlock
Doubles: Belgium 0-4 Australia

England 2-0 Scotland
Singles One: 
Michael Smith 4-0 John Henderson
Singles Two: James Wade 4-1 Peter Wright
Doubles (Not required): England v Scotland

Evening Session (1900 local time)
Semi-Finals

Wales 2-0 Netherlands
Single One:
Gerwyn Price 4-1 Danny Noppert
Singles Two: Jonny Clayton 4-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Doubles (Not required): Wales v Netherlands

England 0-2 Australia
Singles One: 
Michael Smith 3-4 Damon Heta
Singles Two: James Wade 1-4 Simon Whitlock
Doubles (Not required): England v Australia

Final
Australia 3-1 Wales
Singles One: Damon Heta 4-0 Gerwyn Price
Singles Two: Simon Whitlock 4-2 Jonny Clayton
Doubles: Australia 3-4 Wales
Singles Four: Damon Heta 4-2 Jonny Clayton
Singles Five (Not required): Simon Whitlock v Gerwyn Price

Draw Bracket
(1) England v Czech Republic
Latvia v Hungary
(8) Scotland v Hong Kong
Portugal v Italy
(4) Belgium v Japan
Poland v USA
(5) Australia v Lithuania
Sweden v South Africa
(2) Wales v Philippines
Austria v Finland
(7) Germany v Spain
Denmark v Singapore
(3) Netherlands v Brazil
Republic of Ireland v Canada
(6) Northern Ireland v Gibraltar
New Zealand v Switzerland

Australia claimed their maiden Cazoo World Cup of Darts title on a historic night in Frankfurt, as Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock defeated Welsh duo Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton 3-1 in Sunday’s final.

Ten years on from suffering World Cup heartbreak in an extraordinary 2012 finale against England, Whitlock fulfilled his darting destiny alongside Australian number one Heta to scoop the £70,000 top prize at the Eissporthalle.

Australia had already dumped out five-time semi-finalists Belgium and top seeds England on Finals Day, and they became the fifth nation to lift the coveted title with a convincing win over the 2020 World Cup winners.

“It is life-changing. I have dreamt about this moment my entire life and I’ve finally got there,” said an emotional Whitlock, one of four World Cup ever-presents.

“It feels amazing. I had a great partner. Damon has been amazing. He’s a great friend, and he’s the best player on the planet right now. He is going to be the next world champion.”

Heta gave Australia the early impetus in the final with a stunning whitewash win over a below-par Price, before Whitlock put the fifth seeds on the brink of history after battling past Clayton 4-2.

Whitlock struck the decisive blow with a sublime 120 finish to break throw in leg five, and despite missing six match darts at tops, the 53-year-old eventually closed it out at the seventh attempt to double their lead.

The 2012 runners-up had the momentum and continued their charge by opening up a two-leg buffer in the Doubles contest, but Price and Clayton produced a stirring fightback to prolong the drama.

The Welsh pair responded with legs of 15, 14 and 13 darts to force a final leg, only for Whitlock to miss a dart at double 18 for the title, and Clayton capitalised via double eight to clinch the Pairs match and reduce the arrears to 2-1.

Clayton then had the opportunity to set up a grandstand finale between Whitlock and Price, but Heta had other ideas, producing a nerveless display in the biggest game of his life.

The 34-year-old averaged 99 and crashed in two 180s to fend off the former Premier League champion, pinning his favourite double 16 to spark jubilant celebrations from the Australian duo.

“Simon dragged me through the beginning,” admitted Heta, who defeated three of the world’s top eight on Sunday evening.

“I’m stoked for Simon and stoked for Australia with all the support we’ve had back home. 

“Everything we are sacrificing being here and we’ve got the title in the bag. It’s an amazing feeling.”

Australia began Sunday’s action with a 2-1 victory over fourth seeds Belgium, producing a sensational Pairs performance to whitewash Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts.

After Heta was beaten by his Belgian housemate Van den Bergh in the opening rubber, Whitlock preserved their hopes with a 4-3 win over Huybrechts, averaging 101 in the process.

The Aussies then underlined their credentials in the Doubles decider, averaging 109 and rattling in legs of 11 and 12 darts midway through the contest to progress.

In the semi-finals, Heta recovered from 3-1 adrift to stun England’s Michael Smith, after the St Helen’s star burst 72 for a 4-1 success, while a rampant Whitlock whitewashed James Wade with a 103 average to complete the job.

Price and Clayton fell short in their pursuit of a second World Cup triumph, despite denying hosts Germany and four-time winners Netherlands to seal their spot in Sunday’s showpiece.

Price set the tone for the 2020 World Champions earlier in the day, posting the second highest individual average in World Cup history during his four-leg blitz of Martin Schindler.

The 37-year-old averaged 117.88, landed a ten-dart leg and converted a stunning 170 checkout to whitewash Schindler, before Clayton eased past German number one Gabriel Clemens 4-2 to seal the deal.

The second seeds then dispatched Dutch duo Danny Noppert and Dirk van Duijvenbode in the semi-finals, with Price closing out a 4-1 win over UK Open champion Noppert in the opening tie.

Clayton later came out on top in a high-quality affair against Van Duijvenbode, defying four 180s and legs of 11 and 12 darts from the Dutchman to complete successive Singles victories.

The Premier League duo were bidding to become the first side in World Cup history to recover from 2-0 down in the final to scoop the title, but they were unable to create another slice of history at the Eissporthalle.

“We weren’t at our best in the final but Simon and Damon played fantastic,” said Price, featuring in his second final in three years.

“I said at the beginning of the tournament we’d play Australia in the final, but I predicted that we would win, so I was wrong there!

“We didn’t fire tonight, but we’ll be back and we will be stronger next year.”

Elsewhere, England’s Smith and Wade suffered semi-final heartbreak, despite dispatching reigning champions Scotland in the quarter-finals, relinquishing just one leg in dumping out Peter Wright and John Henderson.

Netherlands’ new-look pairing of Noppert and Van Duijvenbode recorded successive Singles wins over Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney and Brendan Dolan to reach their first World Cup semi-final since 2019, only for Wales to curtail their title tilt.

Drawboard