Saturday, February 2, 2013

PDC World Cup of Darts NZ v Croatia

If you didn't know, SKY TV is showing the PDC World Cup of Darts from Hamburg Germany, some of it live. One of the live matches early this morning was NZ v Croatia. The first round stage is a group format with 3 teams in each group. The other team in the Kiwi's group is Australia. NZ are represented by Phil Hazel and Craig Caldwell


NZ 3 v Croatia 5 (Robert Marijanovic and Tonci Restovic) First to 5 Legs
Croatia shot to an early 2-0 leg lead, Marijanovic throwing three 140s. Phil had a slow start for NZ but Craig was throwing good high scoring darts on his World Cup debut. The Kiwis fought back to go 3-2 up as Phil found some form to go with Craig's. The sixth leg was crucial and Craig threw another 180 and then just missed double 15 for a 150 finish on his next visit to the board. Restovic hits double 18, it's 3-3. In the seventh leg Phil missed one dart at double 8 for the leg, Restovic hits tops, 3-4 Croatia. The Croatians also won the eighth leg  for an eventual 5-3 win after Craig missed one dart at the bull on an 84 finish.
Some nice darts were thrown by Craig and he impressed the Sky TV commentators, but the Kiwis now have to beat Australia convincingly in the final group game to qualify for the last 16 round which will be a tall order against Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson... but not impossible... Go Kiwis !
Match Stats
Croatia 5-3 New Zealand
8 100+ 7
4 140+ 6
0 170+ 0
1 180 3
76.32 Average 77.66
46 High Finish 40
3 Breaks of Throw 2
5/22 - 23% Finishing % 3/14 - 21%

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