Every month Darts World features a round-up of darts in Wales. John Williams’ November piece includes a section on the recent WDF World Cup and Wales efforts. We preview it here:
Wales Men’s Team narrowly missed out on their 4th Men’s WDF World Cup title when they finished second to the Netherlands, as they are crowned Men’s Team Champions with Nick Kenny securing a bronze in the Men’s Singles at the 22nd WDF World Cup held in Romania.
A 9 – 7 win, in the team final, saw the Welshmen finish with a total of 87 points overall, just three points behind the Netherland’s who scored a total of 90 points from the three events challenge. England finished third on 73 points.
The Welsh side of Nick Kenny (Gwent), Jim Williams (Montgomery & Radnor) and the Gwynedd duo of Darren Bingham and Arwyn Morris clinched the team title with a last leg win over a Hong Kong side with the famous Paul Lim in their line-up who had knocked out England in the Semi-finals with a 9 – 5 scoreline.
The Men’s final saw the opening four legs shared with the Welsh wins coming through Jim Williams and Arwyn Morris at this opening stage, before victories for Darren Bingham and Nick Kenny moved Wales 4 – 2 in front, however, the far East-side hit back to level at 4 – 4. The next two sets were shared with Wales win being hit by Nick Kenny then victories for Arwyn Morris and Darren Bingham saw Wales move into 7 – 5 lead, Hong Kong narrowed that lead by winning two of the next three sets, Nick Kenny was our winner here, before Darren Bingham secured the title for Wales in 16th and final leg.
Semi-final saw Wales defeat Netherlands 9 – 4 following on from a nail-biting 17th leg Nick Kenny play-off win for a 9 – 8 verdict over a strong New Zealand side in the quarter-finals after fighting back from 4 – 1 and 7 – 5 down in the match. Earlier Knock-Out stage wins came over Australia 9 – 4 and the Isle of Man 9 – 3 after finishing top of their group of round-robin matches after 9 – 0 wins over Pakistan and Trinidad & Tobago, and 9 – 1 result over Lithuania.
In the Men’s Singles, Nick Kenny collected the bronze medal after losing out to Australia’s Peter Machin in the semi-finals, after coming through six previous round of matches against Andreas Harrysson (Sweden) 5 – 3, Joe Chaney (USA) 4 – 1, Jozsef Rucska (Hungary) 4 – 1, Keith Geraghty (Ireland) 4 – 0, Dean Biskupic (Croatia) 4 – 1 and Ki Jung Kim (Korea) 4 – 0, while Jim Williams lost out in the deciding leg against Justin Thomson (Australia) in the 3rd Round with Darren Bingham and Arwyn Morris going out to Kevin Luke (USA) AND Daniel Jensen (Denmark) respectively in their second-round matches.
Men’s Pairs event saw England end both Wales challenges, Mitchell and Day defeating Williams and Morris 4 – 2 in the last 16 round while Bingham and Kenny went out in the opening round to Heydon & Atkins.
Wales Women line-up of Rhian O’Sullivan, Chris Savvery (both Glamorgan), Katie Bellerby (Montgomery & Radnor) and Ann-Marie Potts (Cleveland) ended in joint 7th position overall with Switzerland) in the WDF Women’s World Cup with a total of 33 points as the Women’s Gold Cup went to England with 132 points, Japan were second on 100 points and Australia third on 93 points.
In the team event Wales Women went out to England in the Quarter-Finals 9 – 2, after defeating South Africa 9 – 4 in the last 16 Round after fighting through their Group stage Round-Robin matches with a 100% record with victories over Spain 9 – 5, Brazil 9 – 1, Mongolia 9 – 1, Japan 9 – 6 and Austria 9 – 4.
Women’s Pairs – O’Sullivan and Bellerby went out in the second round to Leung and Lee from Hong Kong 4 – 2, while Potts and Savvery lost 4 – 3 in their first match against O’Neill and Dunn from Northern Ireland.
Women’s Singles – Chris Savvery just fell short of the medals when she lost to Sweden’s Vicky Pruim 5 – 4 in her last 8 match after earlier wins over – Djurdjina Miscervice (Serbia) 4 – 2, Zeltite Strade (Latvia) 4 – 0, Anne Willkomm (Germany) and Cali West (USA) 4 – 3.
Rhian O’Sullivan reached the last 32 before missing out in the deciding leg against England’s Deta Hedman 4 – 3 after successful rounds against Jargalsaikhan Purevdorj (Mongolia) 4 – 0, Nora Fekete (Hungary) 4 – 0, Marjolein Noijem (Netherlands) 4 – 1.
Katie Bellerby lost in her second match versus Lena Zollikofer of Germany 4 – 2 after a win over Loli Cascales (Catalonia) 4 – 2 in her first match, while Ann-Marie Potts lost her first encounter to Veronika Ihatz of Hungary 4 – 0
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