New Zealand and Belgium impressed in easy victories over Lithuania and Hong Kong respectively to continue proceedings at the World Cup of Darts in Hamburg.

Cody Harris and Dimitri van den Bergh impressed in particular in the two clashes with both players leading from the front to claim 5-1 victories.
All four players in the opening leg settled into proceedings hitting some big scores but when Labanauskas missed his chance to go 1-0 up, Harris made no mistake to break the throw.
Barauskas despite hammering in big scores once again was given three at double 20 but faltered allowing ‘Code Star’ back to the board to hit a 110 checkout to go 2-0 up.
New Zealand continued to impress and extended the lead further with a double break at 3-0 up and the side were seemingly cruising towards an easy win.
Labanauskas missed a chance to break back with a Shanghai 120 checkout and despite being given another chance to go back to the board, Barauskas spurned a big opportunity. This allowed star man Harris to pin double 8 first time.
Lithuania only just stayed in the tie with ‘Lucky D’ hitting a 100 checkout to go 4-1 behind with Harris sat on 72 to win. ‘Code Star’ showed his class though by smashing in a 124 checkout to claim the victory.
Belgium started well taking the first leg but Royden Lam showed his quality with a 141 checkout to go 1-1. Kim and Dimitri went into the box seat in the tie though with Leung busting his score and the Dreammaker hitting a 71 checkout to the delight of his partner to go 3-1 up.
They afforded Hong Kong an opportunity to break back again but they missed two darts to potentially back into the tie and Kim made no mistake to make it 4-1,
Dimitri hit a 180 in the following leg to put themselves in the driving seat for a big victory to stake their claim in the early going in Hamburg. Leung hit a 120 to put the pressure on Van den Bergh but he hammered in a 136 checkout to win.
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Thursday session schedule (play starts 1800 BST)
Gibraltar (77.8) 4-5 (78.63) Japan
Northern Ireland (82.92) 4-5 (79.35) South Africa
New Zealand (87.15) 5-1 (79.12) Lithuania
Belgium (91.04) 5-1 (91.1) Hong Kong
Brazil v Sweden
Wales v Singapore
Hungary v Germany
Scotland v Denmark


Author: Samuel Gill