Northern Ireland made it into the quarter-finals of the Professional Darts Corporation World Cup of Darts in Jena, Germany for the first time in five years – but the host nation and reigning champions Wales didn’t find it that easy.

Brendan Dolan and Daryl Gurney left them Portuguese Jose Marques and Jose de Sousa behind without losing a leg.

World Champion Gerwyn Price defeated Darius Labanauskas 4-2 to get Wales on the way, but Mindaugas Barauskas enjoyed a 4-2 win over Jonny Clayton and forced a third game.

And that went up to a seventh, sudden death, thanks in part to a Clutch 116 checkout from Labanauskas.

Australia reached the quarterfinals for the eighth time in eleven world championships by overcame a spirited challenge from the United States and will play next against Wales.

Simon Whitlock took a 3-0 lead against Danny Lauby, but the American equalized before “The Wizard” denied Comeback attack finally stopped.

Chuck Puleo then won the first leg against Damon Heta, who hit back 3-1 before recovering from three missing match darts in the fifth leg to score a 4-2 win and secure the tie.

James Wade got off to a nervous start when Carl Gabriel won the first leg, but managed to regain his composure and seal a 4-1 win.

Dave Chisnall then co-sealed a 4-2 win over Devon Peterson took his country’s place in the next round.

🇩🇪 𝗪𝗜𝗡𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗜𝗡 𝗦𝗧𝗬𝗟𝗘! 🇩🇪The German duo Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp will meet England in the quarter-finals, which won 4-2 against Japan thanks to the double decision! 📺 𝙐𝙥 𝙣𝙚𝙭𝙩 👉Netherlands against Singapore

Austria denied Belgium a place in the tenth consecutive quarter-finals when Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez beat Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh in an excellent manner.

Scotland avoided an upset against Poland when Peter Wright and John Henderson missed Doubles of Krzysztof Kciuk and Krzysztof Ratajski were punished in a 2-0 victory.

The Germans Gabriel Clemens and Max Hopp survived a great horror of the Japanese Jun Matsuda and Yoshihisa Baba before they won the quarter-finals in doubles with 4-2.

And the Netherlands complete the last eight, with Michael van Gerwen and Dirk van Duijvenbode each winning their individual victories.

The Ductch will face Scotland in the quarter-finals, with this one being the winner Game against Wales or Australia advances.

Owen Lloyd is a junior reporter at who joined the team in 2021. Lloyd previously worked with Badminton England on the All England Open Badminton Championships, covered the 2019 general election and hosted a radio show on local Voice FM. He graduated from Solent University with a 2-1 in sports journalism in 2021, where his graduation project examined diversity in rowing.

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