Leader Smith was the first to play, facing Darius Labanauskas, the best-placed player on the Lithuanian side. “Bully Boy” played a solid game and was his 4-0 opponent.
Cross then faced the unknown Mindaugas Barauskas. “Voltage” had an extremely difficult opening phase, but eventually left the podium with a 4-2 victory. Tomorrow, the English will face Austria.
Belgium beats Latvia
Kim Huybrechts and Janis Mustafejevs were the first two players to appear in the Belgium-Latvia clash. ‘The Hurricane’ didn’t play a big game, but never ran into any problems against Mustafeevs, who averaged just 69.
In the second game we saw Dimitri van den Bergh in action against Madars Razma. However, the World Matchplay winner played an extremely difficult game. After the first three innings with the darts, despite a large number of missed doubles, the Belgian was snapped and Razma was still one leg away from winning. De Let was immediately given match darts in Game 5, but it wasn’t for him. Van den Bergh came down to 3-3 and managed to decide the game in his favor via a 103 finish. As a result, Belgium won the game and could play against Canada tomorrow.
Austria too strong for Portugal
Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez’s Austria can also be seen in the last eight. “The Gentle” took care of the first single and faced off against Jose de Sousa, who won the third tournament of the Euro Tour last month. Despite a lower average (86.5 to 93.5), Suljovic managed to win 4-2. The winning second set was pitched by Rodriguez, 26, who was 4-1 too strong for Jose Marques.
Canada via New Zealand in the quarter-finals
We also see Canada again on the last day of the World Cup. Jeff Smith and Matthew Campbell, who scored a nice over 96 average, both managed to beat their singles against Haupai Puha and Cody Harris without any problem.