Japan are the next team through to the Quarter-Finals at the World Cup of Darts after completing a clean sweep in the singles matches to defeat Singapore.
The two strongest players it could be said from both teams kicked it off with Paul Lim facing Seigo Asada in a potentially thrilling clash. It lived up to this billing early on with Lim smashing in a 160 checkout to make it 2-2 in the early going.
From there, ‘The Singapore Slinger’ went one away from the victory and the first point on the board for Singapore but Asada hit a 14 darter on double 12 to show he wasn’t out of it and to force a decider.
It was ‘The Ninja’ who came through it to put the pressure on Harith against an experienced Haruki Muramatsu in the second tie.
Haruki went into the lead early on at 2-1 ahead and similar to Lim in the last tie he went one away from the victory.
Harith came back though to 3-2 down but couldn’t force a decider between the pair and it is Japan who move through as a result.
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Saturday afternoon schedule
South Africa 2-1 New Zealand
Single 1: Vernon Bouwers (73.18) 0-4 (84.68) Cody Harris
Single 2: Devon Petersen (101.9) 4-0 (97.11) Haupai Puha
Pairs: South Africa (80.8) 2-4 (86.28) New Zealand
Singapore 0-2 Japan
Single 1: Paul Lim (81.21) 3-4 (85.68) Seigo Asada
Single 2: Harith Lim (84.69) 2-4 (86.29) Haruki Muramatsu
Scotland v Sweden
Belgium v Germany
Tags: World Cup of Darts 2019
JAPAN ARE THROUGH!
Haruki Muramatsu seals Japan's entry into the quarter-finals with a 4-2 win over Harith Lim pic.twitter.com/gnLW5MZG6Y
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) June 8, 2019
Author: Samuel Gill