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Dutch dethrone England

Netherlands collected their second World Cup of Darts title after whitewashing England 3-0 in Sunday’s final at the Sporthalle, Hamburg.

Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld were in blistering form all week and proved too hot for reigning champions Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis in the final.

MVG notched a 10-dart leg on his way to a 4-0 win over Taylor in the opening singles rubber and Premier League champion Van Barneveld then swept Lewis aside 4-0 to put the Dutch on the brink.

Two-time World Champion Lewis had been out-of-sorts for large parts of the campaign and he failed to keep England alive as Van Gerwen clinched the title for Holland with a 4-2 win.

Van Gerwen told Sky Sports afterwards: "To do this in the final against a country like England is fantastic. We were strong today and a real team. I'd never won this before so it's another major on the list!".

Taylor was magnanamous in defeat, adding: "We tried everything we could but we didn't click. We got beat by the better pair."

Fractious

Netherlands reached the final after defeating Belgium 2-1 and then Northern Ireland, the surprise package of the tournament, by the same scoreline.

The Northern Irish threatened an upset in the semi-finals when Brendan Dolan overcame Van Gerwen 4-3, however Barney levelled by whitewashing Michael Mansell and the Dutch duo were unstoppable in the doubles decider, averaging 117.88 to progress.

England also booked their place in the final via a sudden-death shootout at the expense of Australia after Taylor trounced Simon Whitlock 4-1 before Lewis slumped 4-2 to Paul Nicholson in a fractious rubber.

The English duo dovetailed well in the doubles, though, sweeping the Australian pair aside 4-0.

Earlier on Sunday, Northern Ireland's Dolan produced arguably the best individual performance of the quarter-finals as he defeated Peter wright 4-2 in their singles clash and then took out finishes of 156 and 136 in the doubles decider after Robert Thornton's 4-3 win over Mansell - in which the Scot averaged almost 108.

England enjoyed a 2-0 win over South Africa in their quarter, while Wales fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Australia.