John Henderson and Peter Wright celebrate their World Cup of Darts triumph
The World Cup of Darts is a tournament that continues to grow in profile, and we were treated to another thrilling four days of action in Jena this year, as Peter Wright and John Henderson led Scotland to a second World Cup success.
The Scottish duo defeated four-time winners Netherlands and reigning champions Wales to advance to Sunday’s showpiece, before overcoming the unheralded Austrian duo of Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez to lift the coveted title.
The unique pairs format adds a different dynamic to the event, and there have been calls for the tournament to be centred solely on pairs matches, rather than featuring singles matches which predominantly favour the higher-ranked nations.
However, former world No 1 Colin Lloyd has urged the PDC to retain the current format, as he reflected on a thrilling weekend of darting drama at the Sparkassen Arena.
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‘I like the format the way it is’
“I actually like it the way it is, because I like the fact there’s a head-to-head,” Lloyd told the Darts Show podcast.
“You know that it’s more or less a straight knockout match; by that sense you’ve got to win, as you cannot rely on what your partner is doing.
“You want to go up and win, and if it comes down to it and he gets beaten: ‘OK, didn’t expect that to happen, but right, let’s get ourselves up for the pairs’.
“I think that all adds to the drama. I love it and it makes it into a bit of a frenzy, because someone has gone up 1-0, then it’s 1-1 and it’s like a pendulum swinging.
Scotland beat Austria to win the World Cup, with the emotions running high between John Henderson and Peter Wright. Scotland beat Austria to win the World Cup, with the emotions running high between John Henderson and Peter Wright.
“Who has got the advantage? Who is mentally tough enough to push on and get through this game now? I like the format the way it is. I don’t think anything should change.”
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World Cup of Darts: Roll of Honour
|2021||Scotland||Peter Wright & John Henderson|
|2020||Wales||Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton|
|2019||Scotland||Peter Wright & Gary Anderson|
|2018||Netherlands||Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld