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Netherlands Retain World Cup of Darts

Michael Van Gerwen captained his country to glory in Frankfurt


DOMINANT DUTCH DUO Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld produced a string of superb performances to successfully defend the Betway World Cup of Darts title.

The Netherlands defeated number one seeds Scotland in Sunday’s final in Frankfurt to equal the record of four World Cup wins held by England.

Van Gerwen led his nation to wins against Gibraltar, South Africa and Germany before the pair defeated Belgium in the semi-finals to set up a decider with the Scots.

The world number one defeated world number two Peter Wright in the opener but Gary Anderson levelled the tie by beating van Barneveld, who had produced an incredible display in his last four success against Dimitri Van Den Bergh.

The Dutch pair then demolished Scotland in the doubles match, triumphing 4-1, before van Gerwen averaged 111.33 in a decisive win over Anderson.

“I think we played a phenomenal game through the whole tournament,” said two-time World Champion van Gerwen.

“Any tournament you compete in you want to win, but playing alongside Raymond for our country makes it extra special.

“We did the right things at the right moments and that’s what made us champions.”