The bwin PDC World Cup of Darts has just got underway in Frankfurt, Germany and the sponsors handed arrows fans the chance to grill one of the leading pairs.
England duo Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Adrian ‘Jackpot’ submitted themselves to trial by twitter, albeit within the reassuring presence of the bwin girls.
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The inquisition generated some interesting responses from the multiple world championship-winning axis, both on the tournament and darts in general.
Perhaps most intriguing was Taylor and Lewis’ clear respect for a nation the bookies and the wider darting public don’t seem to hold in anywhere near as high esteem.
The bwin PDC World Cup of Darts’ pairs format is known for throwing up its fair share of shocks and many of their interlocutors were keen to know which nations they thought most capable of pulling off an upset:
Phil: “Spain. Both really impressed by Spain yesterday.”
Jackpot was particularly sweet on the 12th seeds, also nominating them as both his dark horses for the competition and the side, other than England and fellow big dogs the Netherlands and Scotland, he fancied to do well.
Cristo Reyes & Antonio Alcinas are currently 50/1 to win the competition outright and they’ll need to pack every bit as much of a giant-killing punch as team England suspect they possess up against Belgium’s Kim and Ronny Huybrechts.
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Away from the action in Frankfurt, Twitter was keen to know just what made Taylor and Lewis’ hometown of Stoke-on-Trent such a hotbed for the sport of darts.
The Power lifted the lid:
“Because there’s nothing else to do there (kidding). It’s in the culture to go to the pub & play with friends.”
However, if that answer suggested that one of England’s greatest sportsmen currently in competition was in self-deprecating mood, the question of a nine-darter brought out his inner competitor.
Asked which nation was most likely to throw the fabled minimum checkout at the #bwinWCOD Taylor and his compatriot Lewis were unequivocal:
The pair are 6/1 to hit a nine-darter as individuals during the tournament and 10/1 to do so in team play.