O’Connor takes aim at World Cup of Darts

William O'Connor

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 have selected exciting duo Jeff Smith and Matt Campbell, with the winners likely to meet third seeds Netherlands, who clash with Brazil.

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

The Cappamore man 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).

O’Connor, who is known on the circuit as the Magpie, also boasts the third highest individual average, of 115.10 in his 4-1 demolition of Rob Cross in 2019.

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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 were their lot.

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

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