"See I didn't think England would go on and win the World Cup," Matthew Edgar says in conversation with Sky Sports' Abi Davies. "But I was surprised by the result to Germany. I thought that would be a game they could navigate and get through when we look at their individual forms."
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Sadlybfor Smith and Cross, it wasn't to be as an inspired Gabriel Clemens powered the Germans to the semi-finals. "What we've seen from the World Cup is individual form doesn't really matter. When we look at the form players have brought in, Ratajski and Kcuik didn't bring the best form and then broke the world record!" Edgar continues. "Gabriel Clemens though, what a player he's developing to be. So good for German darts, breaking viewing records in Germany and Clemens is the flagship of that."
Also interesting to note is Abi Davies's thoughts that Cross wasn't the ideal partner for Smith. "Rob Cross had a really nervy wait to find out if was the partner for Smith," she says. "I do think a Luke Humphries or Nathan Aspinall would suit Michael Smith better."
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GERMANY BEAT ENGLAND TO REACH THE LAST FOUR!!! 🇩🇪— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) June 18, 2023
Frankfurt is in frenzy as Germany's Gabriel Clemens and Martin Schindler beat top seeds England to reach the Semi-Finals!
What a win and what an atmosphere 👏 pic.twitter.com/sExBILWpde