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Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDCReigning champions The Netherlands comfortably progressed into the last 16 of the World Cup of Darts with victory against USA on Friday evening in Frankfurt.

The Dutch pair of Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld enjoyed a 5-1 triumph over the American duo of Larry Butler and Darin Young.van Gerwen exploded into action, taking out a stunning 150 finish in the first leg and van Barneveld followed it up with a 48 checkout.

‘Mighty Mike’ pegged double two to move his team three legs ahead but USA pulled one back after ‘Barney’ missed the bull for a 164.

World number on van Gerwen began the fifth leg by firing in a 177 and finished it off by bedding tops.

Butler rattled in a 180 and took out 100 to keep USA’s hopes alive but van Barneveld sealed victory for the holders in the following leg.

The Netherlands will take on South Africa on Saturday evening.