The third semi-finalists are confirmed with Republic of Ireland through after coming through a doubles decider against Austria at the World Cup of Darts in Hamburg.
They will now face the winner of the final tie between Canada and the Netherlands. Steve Lennon saw off Zoran Lerchbacher first of all before William O’Connor who has been playing brilliantly was whitewashed by Mensur Suljovic.
It was Ireland though who took the win after a commanding whitewash win in the doubles decider to continue their excellent run.
Lennon began proceedings with a 4-1 win over Lerchbacher. The first two legs were finally poised at 1-1 but from there, the Carlow ace streaked away with a 106 checkout.
He then broke throw to go 3-1 up after Lerchbacher missed several darts to hold leaving Lennon a 31 checkout to go one away.
Suljovic though swept O’Connor aside in a real captain’s performance with him streaking to a 2-0 lead including a break and from there he held his throw on 38 and then finished it off to put pressure on Ireland.
Ireland lived up to that pressure though. O’Connor took out 62 with Suljovic waiting to finish to go 1-0 up and then they broke the throw to go 3-0 up with the recent ranking winner taking out double 10.
From there, Ireland surged through in a commanding win and look like potential outsiders to claim the title this weekend with both players stepping up when it has mattered.
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Sunday afternoon schedule
New Zealand 0-2 Japan
Single 1: Cody Harris (81.48) 1-4 (92.11) Seigo Asada
Single 2: Haupai Puha (79.26) 3-4 (84.81) Haruki Muramatsu
Scotland v Belgium
Single 1: Gary Anderson (100.41) 4-2 (99.99) Kim Huybrechts
Single 2: Peter Wright (110.29) 4-2 (103.54) Dimitri Van Den Bergh
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Austria
Single 1: Steve Lennon (82.26) 4 (7) 1 (81.71) Zoran Lerchbacher
Single 2: William O’Connor (84.8) 0 (7) 4 (96.97) Mensur Suljovic
Pairs: Lennon S / O’Connor W (87.13) 4-0 (78.77) Suljovic M / Lerchbacher Z
Canada v Netherlands
IRELAND ARE THROUGH!
A whitewash doubles decider over Austria secures William O'Connor and Steve Lennon a place in tonight's Semi-Final! pic.twitter.com/BfzuuyuYEx
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) June 9, 2019
Author: Samuel Gill