Scotland's Gary Anderson and Peter Wright beaten by Singapore at World Cup of Darts
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 06/06/17 10:50am
Scotland's Gary Anderson and Peter 'Snakebite' Wright were shockingly eliminated by Singapore on the opening night of the World Cup of Darts on Thursday.
The top seeds were shocked 5-2 in the first round by Paul Lim and Harith Lim to blow the competition wide open.
"When we drew Scotland we knew it would be tough, regardless," Lim said afterwards. "But I always say in any tournament, if you beat the No 1 seed, you become the No 1 seed. I always felt the pressure was on them."
The surprise result was secured by a nerveless 100 checkout from Lim, who struck a nine-darter at the World Darts Championship 27 years ago.
Singapore struck the first two 180s before Anderson and Wright, the world No 2 and 3 respectively, had got into their groove.
Lim hit double 20 for a 3-1 lead before missing the same shot twice in the next leg, allowing Anderson to reduce the deficit.
But Lim took advantage of Wright's profligacy to hit double eight to move within a leg of victory. When Anderson then landed in the wrong bed altogether, Lim took his chance to check out from 100.
"I told myself: give me the shot, and I've got to make use of it," Lim said. "When he gave me a chance I had to take it, and I was lucky."
Earlier in the night, Australia's Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson, the fifth seeds, withstood a promising performance from Denmark to eventually win 5-4.
Belgium, comprised of the Huybrechts brothers, beat New Zealand 5-2 to tee up a tie against Greece.
The World Cup of Darts' first-round continues on Friday with England playing Gibraltar and the Netherlands facing the Czech Republic.
Thursday's first-round results
Thailand 3-5 Greece
Hong Kong 3-5 Russia
Rep of Ireland 5-3 Poland
Japan 3-5 spain
Beglium 5-2 New Zealand
Australia 5-4 Denmark
Scotland 2-5 Singapore
Wales 5-4 Finland