World Cup of Darts: England power into last 16; South Africa next up for defending champions Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis

Last Updated: 02/02/13 11:26pm

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Robert Thornton's Scotland face Spain in the last 16

Robert Thornton's Scotland face Spain in the last 16

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Defending champions England will take on South Africa in the last 16 of the Betfair World Cup of Darts after securing top spot in Group A with a 5-2 success over Austria.

World champion Phil Taylor, partnering his fellow Stoke thrower Adrian Lewis for England, hit three 180s and averaged 113 on his throw during the best-of-nine doubles contest.

"We're trying to send a message to the other teams and this was a good performance," said Taylor.

"There's a lot of pressure on us because we're representing our country and we're the reigning champions but we're working well together so far.

"It's a great tournament, very different to the other events where it's only singles games, and it's exciting to play South Africa tonight."

The Netherlands, the 2010 champions, whitewashed Gibraltar in their second Group E game as they topped Group E to progress alongside Poland, with Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld missing 14 darts at doubles but still progressing with ease to set up a clash with Finland.

Finland advanced from Group F despite Friday night's loss to Germany, with the host nation enjoying a 5-3 win over the United States to move into the last 16 unbeaten in Hamburg.

Last 16 fixtures

Northern Ireland v Croatia
Republic of Ireland v Japan
Wales v Canada
Australia v Belgium
Scotland v Spain
England v South Africa
Netherlands v Finland
Germany v Poland

Last year's beaten finalists Australia were 5-2 winners in their trans-Tasman clash with New Zealand, with Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson sharing finishes of 121 and 106 as they topped Group G.

Australia now take on Belgium in the knockout stages, while Croatia joined them in progressing from Group G and will meet Northern Ireland, who defeated Hungary 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Wales whitewashed Italy 5-0 to top Group D as Mark Webster and Richie Burnett booked a showdown with Canada on Saturday night, with Spain - the 2010 semi-finalists - also progressing in second place.

Spain will now meet Scotland after Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton knocked out Sweden with a 5-2 success to top Group C ahead of Canada.

South Africa's Charl Pietersen and Shawn Hogan snatched a 5-4 victory over the Republic of Ireland in their final Group B game to mean that they both progress, with Denmark eliminated.

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