Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis win World Cup of Darts crown for second year running
Last Updated: 04/02/13 7:36am
World Cup Champions
England's Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis defended their Betfair World Cup of Darts title with a 3-1 defeat of surprise finalists Belgium in Hamburg.
Taylor was in particularly good form, beating Kim and Ronny Huybrechts in the final with Lewis beating Ronny after narrowly missing out on yet another nine-dart finish.
England had plenty of scares on Sunday with South Africa and Wales missing darts that would have knocked them out, and Japan pushed them all the way in the semi-finals.
The Huybrechts brothers beat Finland to give themselves a chance at the £40,000 title in an emotional tribute to their father Ludo, who died suddenly in December of last year.
Taylor surged through the first game with a whitewash of Ronny, but Kim brought the Huybrechts' back into the game with a similar demolition of Lewis, whose form was very much up and down throughout Sunday.
'Jackpot' struggled in the early legs of the following clash with Ronny, but from 2-1 down he won three straight legs to give Taylor the chance of sealing victory.
And the 14-time world champion made no mistake with a 4-1 defeat of Kim proving enough after a tough day that Taylor admitted could easily have been very different.
"It's been a tough weekend and we scraped through a couple of games, but the difference was that the people who had chances against us didn't take them and we did," Taylor said.
"The Belgians were great this weekend and Kim, in particular, was superb. To come through such a strong field is a great achievement, and when the seeds fell like flies on Saturday we were worried we'd be one of them.
"We've worked really hard and it's special for us to retain the title. We love representing England and hopefully we can make it three in a row next year."
Lewis added: "It was great to play so well in the final. I felt like maybe I'd let Phil down a little bit in some of the games earlier in the tournament, and it got worse for me the harder I tried.
"But in the final I was close to the nine-darter and hit a 105 average against Kim so it was nice, but winning the title was the main aim and we've managed to do that."