The first session of action at this year’s World Cup of Darts is complete with Germany and Scotland moving through with ease with impressive performances from both teams.

Max Hopp and Martin Schindler were facing off against the duo of Janos Vegso and Pal Szekely and ended up claiming a 5-1 win to thrill the home crowd.
Vegso claimed the first leg but it was one way traffic from there with Germany dominantly responding to go 1-1 and then they broke the throw. Schindler who was seen as the weak link in the side proved his worth with a 137 checkout to move them 3-1 ahead.
He broke throw again with a 61 checkout to go 4-1 up; from there they eased through to the next round.
Gary Anderson and Peter Wright had question marks about them; due to Anderson being in limited action and Wright not being in consistent form but they answered that by smashing Denmark 5-0 in the first whitewash of the tournament.
They took the advantage early against the Denmark duo of Per Laursen and Niels Heinsøe  claiming the break for a 2-0 lead and Wright played well to then checkout 100 to make it 3-0.
He was doing the finishing in the team and they moved to the brink with ‘Snakebite’ landing tops; they then completed the job to storm through to a tie with Sweden.
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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 (78.43) 1-5 (83.28) Sweden
Wales (83.22) 3-5 (92.51) Singapore
Hungary (73.92) 1-5 (87.09) Germany
Scotland (101.55) 5-0 (82.75) Denmark


Author: Samuel Gill