Singapore fairy-tale continues at World Cup of Darts 2017 – Day 3 Afternoon session report

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It was another unbelievable session at the World Cup of Darts as the romantic story continued for Singapore. They will meet Belgium in the quarter-finals after Ronny Huybrechts produced a record breaking performance. Josh Green runs through the afternoons action in Frankfurt.

The Singapore fairytale continued as the team of Paul and Harith Lim beat Spain to set up a quarter-final meeting with Belgium.

Paul Lim whitewashed Antonio Alcinas in his opening singles affair. A 112 in the first leg a highlight for the 62-year-old. Unfortunately, namesake Harith Lim could not tie up a history making victory for his country.

Harith picked up his performance for the doubles decider, producing some excellent darts to perform a 4-0 whitewash of the Spanish pairing. With results like this the darting world will continue to tremour, and they could be a force to be reckoned with in the final eight.

Russia produced another piece of darting history by dumping out the highly fancied Australia at the second round stage. It came down to a first pairs decider of the tournament, after Simon Whitlock has rescued his country from a 2-0 defeat.

Aleksandr Oreshkin had got the ball rolling when he dismissed Kyle Anderson. It was then down to an injured Simon Whitlock to resurrect the Aussie’s chances of World Cup glory.

The outlandish pairing of Oreshkin and Boris Koltsov edged closer to the last 8 with a sensational 138 finish from Koltsov. However, Whitlock would steam-roll through the 28-year-old, eventually securing a 4-1 victory and taking the match to a decider.

The incredible array of upsets continued at the World Cup of Darts as Oreshkin landed an 81 checkout to give Russia a three keg cushion. Before Koltsov hit the deciding double 8 to secure an amazing win over the fifth seeds.

Ronny Huybrechts recorded the highest average by a Belgian player on TV as him and brother Kim breezed past an out of sorts Greece side.

Ronny stamped his authority on the contest, recording a stunning 115.62 average in his 4-0 thrashing of John Michael. Ronny has often taken a back seat in the Belgian duo, but after a 180 and some magnificent finishing, he may take the lead role in the quarter-finals of the World Cup of Darts.

Earlier 2017 Premier League participant Kim Huybrechts had made heavy work of Iaonnis Selachoglou making a meal of doubles. But the hefty scoring would give him the room to manufacture a 4-2 victory.

Wales squeezed through to round two with a pair of last leg deciders in both singles clashes, Gerwyn Price surviving seven match darts to give Wales the 1-0 lead.

The UK Open semi-finalist had conceded the opening leg on his throw, but reversed the fortunes in leg two, immediately breaking back. Mick McGowan fluffed his lines in the pivotal leg giving Price the chance to steal the victory.

Former Lakeside champion Mark Webster then took to the stage knowing a win would take the Welsh into the quarter-finals. The spider looked shaky in the openign exchanges, but after going 3-2 behind, he would click into gear.

A 77 checkout to level the match, followed by a sensational deciding leg would see Wales progress with a confidence boosting win for Webster.

Belgium 2-0 Greece

Wales 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Russia 2-1 Australia

Singapore 2-1 Spain