England survive USA scare

England duo Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis survived a scare before booking their place in the quarter-finals of the bwin World Cup of Darts with a 2-1 win over USA.

Taylor powered past Larry Butler 4-1 but was then forced into a doubles decider after Lewis crashed to a surprise defeat at the hands of Darin Young by the same scoreline.

The two-time reigning champions, inspired by Taylor, cruised through the doubles 4-1 and will next face South Africa for a place in the last four.

Home nations Scotland and Northern Ireland will clash in the quarter-finals after both claimed resounding 2-0 wins.

Peter Wright and Robert Thornton proved too strong for Sweden's Magnus Caris and Peter Sajwani while Northern Ireland progressed without the need for a doubles decider as they overcame Japan, with Michael Mansell a 4-1 winner against Haruki Muramatsu before Brendan Dolan finished 104 and 106 in a 4-2 win over Morihiro Hashimoto.

Welsh duo Mark Webster and Richie Burnett continued their nations' success story in the World Cup of Darts, as the 2010 finalists and two-time semi-finalists maintained their ever-present status in the last eight of the event.

However, they were pushed all the way by Polish newcomers Krzysztof Chmielewski and Krzysztof Strozyk during an exciting second round tie.


Webster went down 4-3 to Chmielewski in their singles tie after spurning 11 match darts whilst 3-2 up, only for Burnett to come from 2-1 down against Strozyk to claim a 4-2 victory as the tie went into a Doubles decider.

Wales led 3-0 as they looked to wrap up the win, only for the plucky Poles, aided by two 180s from Strozyk, to send the game into a decider - but Webster opened the final leg with a maximum before taking out 112, with his opponents on 40, to snatch victory.

Next up for Wales will be Australia, who overcame Hong Kong 2-1 after Paul Nicholson lost his singles 4-1 to Scott Mackenzie.

South Africa's Devon Petersen and Graham Filby edged a dramatic contest against Singapore to book a date with top seeds Taylor and Lewis.

Petersen produced a brilliant performance in his singles game as he whitewashed Paul Lim 4-0, only for partner Filby to spurn a 3-1 lead in his contest as Harith Lim hit back to win 4-3.

South Africa then led 3-2 in the Doubles clash, only to miss seven match darts in the next leg as Singapore levelled, but Petersen held his nerve to take out 68 as he booked his country's place in the last eight for the second time in three years.

2010 champions Netherlands capped an entertaining day in Hamburg in style, Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen teaming up with devastating effect to thrash Spain 2-0.

Next up for Barney and MVG will be the Huybrechts brothers Kim and Ronnie after the Belgian duo eased past Austria.