O’Connor takes aim at World Cup of Darts

Limerick’s William O’Connor renews his partnership with Steve Lennon as the pair look for glory at the World Cup of Darts, which commences this Thursday.

The Republic of Ireland have drawn Canada, who face exciting duo Jeff Smith and Matt Campbell, with the winners likely to meet third seeds Netherlands, who clash with Brazil. This clash is set for a 7pm start.

It is set to be the largest field ever with 32 teams fighting it out over four days for the title, currently held by Scottish duo Peter Wright and John Henderson. Played over a mixture of singles and doubles clashes, the first round is a sprint to four legs, with both players at the oche hoping for instant chemistry.

The Cappamore is one of just four players to have featured at every World Cup since its inception in 2010, which sees the top two from each country on the PDC Order of Merit selected. Others ever present are Brendan Nolan (Northern Ireland), Mensur Suljovic (Austria) and Simon Whitlock (Australia) The Magpie, also boasts the third highest individual average, of 115.10 in his 4-1 demolition of Rob Cross in 2019.

Carlow’s Lennon has played with The Magpie for each of the last four events and the duo upset England and Netherlands in 2019, reaching the final before coming up short against Scotland. Since then, first round defeats to Australia and Portugal causing frustration.

The event takes place in Frankfurt, Germany and is available to watch on Sky Sports.

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Tom Clancy