Wednesday 13 December 2017

Darts: Wales sneak final spot

A SUDDEN-death leg victory saw Wales break Australian hearts and qualify for the final of the World Cup of Darts yesterday.

The Welsh team of Mark Webster and Barrie Bates will face Holland's Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompe in tonight's final, where they will compete for the €47,000 first prize.

Australian pair Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson looked set to progress to the final of the event when they led 3-1 after the singles games in their semi-final. But Webster and Bates took a 6-5 win in their doubles contest, earning two points to level the tie and force a sudden-death leg.

Whitlock kicked off the decider with a 180, but Bates sealed a sensational 12-dart leg with a 116 finish to put his side into the final.

Van Barneveld and Stompe will hope to claim the inaugural title having beaten the Spanish pair of Carlos Rodriguez and Antonio AlcinasSpain in their semi-final.

The Spaniards lost all four singles games to go down 4-0. Alcinas came close to forcing a decisive doubles game when he led 5-4 in the fourth singles tie, but Stompe took the final two legs.

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