A VERY disappointing start last night, where a barrage of missed doubles helped the bookies cause! A couple of bets went on the wrong side of the counter but move on. How we did not actually put up our thoughts on Gibraltar not winning is our own fault!
How cool did that Russian guy look with his slick pony tail?
New Zealand's Warren Parry and Cody Harris impressed as they took a 3-1 lead, with the latter producing a superb 125 checkout in the opening leg as they threatened a major upset.
The Scots showed their class as Thornton took out 124 on the bull to win the fifth leg in 12 darts before Anderson finished 95 to level, and also hoovered up the following 2 legs to move into the second round.
Cody Harris was in excellent form for a on stage major and will be a name we may see again in the future. We hope so, as he was so composed with his near 100 personal average!
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The pick of this evening’s coverage has to turn to Hong Kong at a strong 13/10 price with Boylesports and Coral to knock off Irelands Mick McGowan and William O’ Connor. The Hong Kong duo of Ting Chi Royden Lam & Scott MacKenzie who face Ireland again!
In the 2015 World Cup, Lam and MacKenzie caused a couple of shocks. First they defeated Wales' Mark Webster and Jamie Lewis 5–3. Lam then beat Ireland's William O'Connor 4–1, but MacKenzie lost 4–3 to Connie Finnan meaning a doubles match was needed to settle the tie which Hong Kong won 4–3 to reach the quarter-finals and are well placed at 13/10 to repeat the feat.
England will have surely seen an advert from the Netherlands last night in getting the job done quickly as Netherlands found it difficult to get into a rhythm and this is where Lewis and Taylor have this closer bond, as when you see them out are like a father and son combination! As Lewis himself replied to a good luck message from myself he said they have a love/hate relationship in jest of course and wished the pair the very best of luck!
We also have a close encounter between the Czech Republic and China with the Chinese pairing of Yuanjun Liu & Wenge Xie looking to make progress on the steel tip circuit against Europeans Michal Kocik & Pavel Drtil and can see this game going some distance with Sportingbet 17/20 the game sees 8 or 9 legs in the game!