Van Gerwen slams "amateur" dartboard suppliers after Netherlands heartbreak

Michael van Gerwen vented his anger at "amateur" dartboard suppliers after the Netherlands failed to win the World Cup of Darts.

The three-time world champion and partner Dirk van Duijvenbode were beaten at the quarter-final stage in Germany by the Scotland duo of John Henderson and Peter Wright.

Henderson and Wright went on to win the tournament, beating the unseeded Austrian team featuring Mensur Suljovic and Rowby-John Rodriguez in the final.

Van Gerwen had put his side 1-0 up in the last eight tie with a 4-1 win over Henderson but it was an incident in the following match, involving van Duijvenbode and Wright, that incensed him.

The Dutchman had taken the first leg against 'Snakebite' and had a shot at bullseye to make it 2-0 – only for his arrow to hit its target and bounce straight back out of the board.

Wright duly took advantage, winning the contest 4-1 to level matters, and in the decider it was Scots who won the doubles 4-3 to reach the final four.

They then beat defending champions Wales (Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton) before prevailing against Austria.

''That arrow was in," van Gerwen said afterwards. ''Then you just have to deal with amateurs who supply the dartboards. After that he got two more darts, but of course it gets into your head.''

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Van Duijvenbode, 29, was equally unimpressed.

''I am someone who throws 180s very easily, but the darts were hanging in the board," he said. "If you are dependent on your first arrow, then it is difficult. This way I could not throw those 180's. Then the arrow on the bullseye falls out and that frustrates you and then there is more pressure on the next turn and you miss it."

Van Gerwen won the World Cup of Darts with Raymond van Barneveld in 2014, 2017 and 2018, but was clearly frustrated at missing out on a fourth crown.

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He did, however, acknowledge that missed chances had cost his team in the decider.

''I think we were the better team. If you don't take your chances, like the three darts I had on double 10, then it's just not going to work out," he continued. ''These things are just part of it.

"Of course it is very annoying that you lose here, but deep down you know you were the better of the two."

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