February 2012

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Wales 1 – 5 England

Wales bowed out the World Cup in the semi-final stage at the hands of an England team containing the world’s top two players.

Mark Webster’s chances of reaching the final for a second consecutive year were ended when he and Richie Burnett fell at the final hurdle.

The pair played fantastic darts throughout the tournament but were unable to overcome the favourites in the last four.

Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Richie Burnett 4 – 1 Phil Taylor

Richie Burnett inflicted more misery on world number one Phil Taylor by condemning ‘The Power’ to defeat with a stunning performance. The Welshman averaged 108 in his win over the 15-time world champion.

Burnett started well by winning the first leg against the throw. He hit his first 180 in the following leg before taking out 60 to double his advantage. Taylor pulled a leg back before Burnett hit double top to move within a leg of victory.

‘The Prince of Wales’ took out 76 to complete a brilliant win, which gave Wales the first point of the match.

MARK WEBSTER 0 – 4 Adrian Lewis

Mark Webster suffered a defeat at the hands of world champion Adrian Lewis, who produced a brilliant display to beat the Welshman.

Webster hit a 180 in the opening leg but Lewis won all four legs with a strong performance. The reigning World Champion posted a 104 average and levelled up the match for England.

MARK WEBSTER 1 –  4 Phil Taylor

Mark Webster became the victim of a Phil Taylor backlash, when the world number one returned to form to win his first singles match of the tournament.

Taylor won the first leg before checking out 66 to double his lead. Webster stormed back by hitting double ten after setting it up from 170. ‘Spider’ just missed double top in the next leg though, and Taylor hit double three to restore his advantage.

‘The Power’ hit an eleven darter to put England a point in front in the match.

Richie Burnett 3 – 4 Adrian Lewis

Richie Burnett was beaten by Adrian Lewis in his second singles match of the semi-final despite another impressive performance.

It took an almighty effort from Lewis to win the first leg as he checked out 155 with Burnett waiting on his double. ‘The Prince of Wales’ hit double ten to restore parity. He followed that up with his second maximum before producing a sensational 93 finish of 25, 18, Bull to edge in front.

Burnett hit another 180 to kick off the fourth leg but ‘Jackpot’ drew level. Lewis then took the lead with a 111 checkout before Burnett forced a deciding leg.

The world champion hit double top to deny Burnett the victory, meaning that Wales would have to win the pairs to force a sudden death decider.

WEBSTER & Burnett 2 –  4 Taylor & Lewis

Mark Webster and Richie Burnett were denied a place in the World Cup final after suffering defeat at the hands of the two highest ranked players in the World.

Lewis hit double top to give England the lead. Burnett responded with the first 180 of the showdown before hitting double ten to draw level.

Taylor took out 111 to restore England’s, and Lewis doubled it by hitting double 16. Burnett hit another 180 as Wales attempted to fight back, before hitting double two to leave them in with a chance.

It wasn’t to be for Wales though, as Lewis took out 65 to send England through to the final.

By Chris Murphy

Wales 3 – 1 South Africa

Wales went through to the semi-finals of the World Cup after coming out on top in an exciting encounter with South Africa.

The result of the match was decided in a tense deciding leg after Wales had won one and lost one of the singles games, and were tied 3-3 in the pairs.

Mark Webster had cruised past Shawn Hogan with a stunning display before Richie Burnett was edged out by Devon Petersen.

The pair teamed up to come through the doubles and set up a potential semi-final tie with tournament favourites England.

MARK WEBSTER 4 – 0 Shawn Hogan

Mark Webster continued his remarkable run of form in the World Cup with a second consecutive whitewash. The Welshman wasted little time in grabbing the first point of the match for Wales by beating South Africa’s Shawn Hogan 4-0.

Webster produced some clinical checkouts. He took out 94 to win the first leg and 76 to take the second. ‘Spider’ raced into a 3-0 lead by hitting double ten. He posted his first maximum in the fourth and final leg, which he won with a brilliant eleven darter.

Richie Burnett 3 – 4 Devon Petersen

Richie Burnett suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of promising youngster Devon Petersen, meaning Wales’ fate would be decided in the pairs.

Burnett fell behind but responded with a maximum before drawing level. Petersen retook the lead and Burnett replied with another 180, before hitting double two to restore parity.

The young South African went back in front with a 105 checkout, but Burnett refused to be beaten and took out 41 to set up a deciding leg. The Prince of Wales hit 140, 180 and then 130 in the final leg but it wasn’t enough as Petersen took out 116 to win the game and draw the match level on points.

WEBSTER & Burnett 4 – 3 Hogan & Petersen

Wales secured their semi-final spot by winning an intense decider in the doubles. Mark Webster and Richie Burnett were made to work hard by the South African pairing of Shawn Hogan and Devon Petersen, but the Welshmen won the battle to progress.

Webster hit double top to give Wales the lead and Burnett hit double ten to double it. Hogan took out 100 to pull a leg back for South Africa and then 52 to draw level.

Burnett hit double eight to edge Wales back in front but Hogan took out 121 to set up a deciding leg. Webster just missed the bull for a 122 finish before Burnett hit double eight, making Petersen pay for a miscount.

Wales will play either England or USA in tomorrow’s semi-final.

By Chris Murphy

World Cup of Darts: Round 2: Wales 4 – 0 Croatia

MARK WEBSTER & Richie Burnett 5 – 1 Tonci Restovic & Boris Krcmar

Mark Webster put in another strong performance as Wales brushed off the challenge of Croatia in convincing fashion.

‘Spider’ continued his brilliant form in the competition that he won 14 months ago. Webster and his partner Richie Burnett had both won their singles games yesterday, and victory in the pairs means they advance to the quarter finals with a 4-0 points win.

Croatia took the lead when Boris Krcmar checked out 135 before Burnett levelled for Wales. The Prince of Wales hit double ten to put his country in front. Webster then stepped forward and turned on the style, hitting a 117 finish to double the advantage.

Burnett hit double four to make it 4-1 to the 2010 finalists. Webster then hammered home two 180’s before Burnett hit double sixteen to complete the rout.

Wales will face either Scotland or South Africa in this evening’s quarter-final.

By Chris Murphy

World Cup of Darts: Round 2: Wales v Croatia

MARK WEBSTER 4 – 0 Tonci Restovic

Mark Webster started the World Cup in style, completing a 4 – 0 whitewash over Tonci Restovic in double quick time.

He reached the final of the inaugural tournament in 2010 and looks set to continue that stunning form 14 months on, as he put in a polished second round performance.

Webster said: “I’m really happy with my performance, I felt quite relaxed up there and I got the job done. Now we have to finish it off tomorrow.”

Webster took the first two legs, hitting a 180 in the process. ‘Spider’ then hit two more maximums in leg three, before hitting double ten to race into a three leg lead.

The Welshman took out 80 to complete the rout in the blink of an eye.

Webster’s teammate Richie Burnett won his game 4-3 to give Wales a 2-0 lead going into the doubles matches on Saturday. Victory in the pairs will book their place in the quarter finals.

Webster added: “It’s a format that we are not used to but Richie and I are playing really well, we are in great form and it was a shame that we ran into each other at the World Championship. We  are expecting to do really well in the tournament but we have to make sure we see the job through in the pairs. We don’t want to be going to a sudden death leg if we can help it, tonight was comfortable and we need to make sure tomorrow afternoon is the same.”

By Chris Murphy