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Dutch Delight At World Cup Of Darts

Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld won the World Cup for The Netherlands

Michael van Gerwen wins the World Cup of Darts, Lawrence Lustig/PDC

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN teamed up with Raymond van Barneveld to win the World Cup of Darts for The Netherlands.

The Dutch duo defeated Wales in the final to clinch the title for their country’s third time.

Van Gerwen, who had almost missed the tournament in Frankfurt with a foot injury, enjoyed his second triumph in the pairs event – having previously won it with Van Barneveld in 2014.

They eased past the Czech Republic and then saw off the United States of America and Germany in Doubles deciders at the Eissporthalle.

Their title bid continued with a 2-0 semi-final win over reigning champions England – avenging last year’s defeat in the final – before they overcame Wales in a repeat of the 2010 final.

Van Gerwen opened the final with a 4-0 whitewash of UK Open finalist Price, before Webster clinically saw off Van Barneveld 4-1 to level matters.

The Dutch raced into a 3-0 lead in the Doubles tie, before Price responded to Van Gerwen’s 107 checkout by taking out 100 with the aid of two double tops as Wales hit back, but double 16 sealed a 4-1 result.

Van Barneveld then came from a leg down to defeat Price 4-2 in the final’s third Singles tie, hitting a 136 checkout in the process of sealing his World Cup hat-trick and a share of the £60,000 top prize.

“This is fantastic,” said Van Gerwen. “Only once a year we can play as a team and we’re going to enjoy this.

“If you’re in the tournament you want to win it, On paper we were the strongest couple but you still have to do it and we played well, especially in the Pairs games we were absolutely fantastic.”