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Vincent van der Voort aiming for World Cup glory

Vincent van der Voort heads to the World Cup of Darts with every intention of clinching his first major title.

‘The Dutch Destroyer’ is representing defending champions The Netherlands with Raymond van Barneveld, and van der Voort says he will do his best to ensure that his homeland retains the title.

He said: “Raymond won the tournament with Co Stompe last time so maybe there is a little bit of pressure because we can only do worse than that. It’s a new tournament for me but I will do the best I can, and if we are both at our best I’m sure we can win it.

“Raymond is a fantastic player and the reason why darts is so big in Holland. He could easily be number two or three in the world again this time next year. He has so much quality and he is a great friend of mine, which is also important when playing as a pair.”

The closest that van der Voort has come to winning a major title so far was at the UK open in 2007, when he was runner up to ‘Barney’. The world number 14 believes he should have won a major by now and hopes to rectify that in Hamburg this weekend.

He said: “Winning a major is something I’m gunning for. I think I have been a little bit unlucky in televised tournaments at times. For example, I lost out very narrowly to Andy Hamilton at the World Championship and he went on to reach the final. It is definitely something that I’m aiming for this year, hopefully this weekend.”

The 36 year old is regarded as the fastest player in the world and has recently enjoyed a surge in popularity. The Dutchman is delighted with the way that crowds have taken to him.

He said: “It’s unbelievable, I changed my walk-on song and all of a sudden everyone is singing my name and cheering for me. It was actually quite hard to deal with at first because I wasn’t used to that level of support. Now I have gotten used to it, I find it a massive help. It is fantastic.”

Van der Voort hopes that potential success at the World Cup can act as a catalyst for him to fulfil his long term ambitions.

He said: “Every darts player wants to play in the Premier League and I am no different. It is the biggest, most entertaining show in darts and if there is a player that doesn’t want to play on that stage then there is something wrong. If I have a good year on television this year, hopefully I’ll get the chance to take part. That would be amazing but it will take a lot of hard work to make it happen. I have just moved house and got a great practice room so as long as I put the work in, this could be my year.”

By Chris Murphy

VINCENT VAN DER VOORT 3 – 2 Mark Hylton

Eleven maximum scores helped a rampant Vincent van der Voort progress to the second round of the Ladbrokes World Championship with a deserved victory over Mark Hylton.

The newly, and perhaps aptly, named ‘Dutch Destroyer’ scored more 180s than he did 140s as he won the five leg thriller at Alexandra Palace.

Van der Voort checked out 83 to take the opening leg but lost the second despite hitting his first 180 as the game got off to a high quality start. The Dutch Destroyer then hit a brilliant 134 finish to edge back in front before hitting double four to break the throw and win the first set.

The Dutchman went two legs behind in the second set despite playing well, but he won the next two to set up a deciding leg. Van der Voort hit his sixth maximum of the match but Hylton won the leg to make it a set a piece.

The fastest player in the world then rattled off the first two legs of set three, hitting double top on both occasions. Hylton won the next before van der Voort took out 75, again on double top to restore his one set advantage.

The Dutch Destroyer continued to increase his maximum count. He hit his ninth 180 in the first leg of set four. Mile High won that leg but van der Voort hit double top again to draw level. Hylton hit double ten to restore the advantage but the Dutchman set up a decider by hitting double top once more. He started the leg with another 180 against the throw but Hylton took out 72 to restore complete parity.

Van der Voort started the fifth and final set in style, hitting another maximum before checking out on 81. He then got the vital break of throw, hitting double eight to leave himself throwing for the match. The Dutchman completed the win in familiar fashion with another double twenty finish.

Van der Voort will face either Andy Hamilton or Antonio Alcinas on December 27th.

 

By Chris Murphy