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Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld fired the Netherlands to victory in World Cup of Darts by defeating reigning champions England in the final on Sunday.

The Dutch pair cruised to a 3-0 success in the best of five final, which began with a stunning van Gerwen whitewash against Phil Taylor before ‘Barney’ repeated the feat against Adrian Lewis.

‘Mighty Mike’ then defeated Lewis 4-2, wrapping up the triumph without van Barneveld needing to take on Taylor.

Team Holland had produced some breath-taking darts throughout the final day, including an incredible 4-0 doubles win over Northern Ireland, in which they averaged a staggering 117.88.

“This is a very special moment for us,” said World Champion van Gerwen. “This is a fantastic title because I’ve never won this, and we worked very hard for this.

“I enjoyed every moment of the tournament and to win the final against England is amazing for us and I think we deserved the title because we worked so well as a team.

“We played really well today, especially against Belgium and Ireland in the Doubles games, and then we walked over England in the final with some awesome darts.

“I started off very well against Phil and to win 4-0 and for Raymond to beat Adrian 4-0 was very good for our confidence, and I knew I had to turn up against Adrian. I did that and we won the title, and we’ll enjoy this moment.”

van Barneveld, who won the Premier League Darts title last month, added: “We’re really happy and this win means a lot to us but also means a lot for darts in Holland. This is a fantastic event and we’re over the moon to win this title.

“We had tough battles against Belgium and Ireland but even when Michael lost a couple of Singles games we still believed in each other and in the Doubles games against Belgium and Ireland we were awesome.

“There’s no better player in the world to team up with and I enjoyed every single match in this tournament.”

Netherlands had kicked off their campaign with a 5-2 victory against Italy on Friday before seeing off Spain on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals.

There they faced Belgium, who they defeated 2-1 before beating Northern Ireland by the same margin, winning Doubles deciders 4-0 in both the quarter and semi-final.

Their run to victory, which was completed with the 3-0 final win against England, included a brilliant string of 17 consecutive legs won.

By Chris Murphy

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