Emotional Simon Whitlock ‘dreamt all his life’ about World Cup of Darts triumph

Simon Whitlock led Australia to their first World Cup of Darts triumph and claimed: “I've dreamed about this moment for my whole life.”

Partnered by Damon Heta, the Aussies beat Wales 3-1 in the final to end 10 years of heartbreak for the wizard of Oz. Back in 2012, Whitlock and Paul Nicholson both missed darts for the championship before Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis snatched the title for England in a doubles sudden-death leg.

But Whitlock – who has appeared in every edition of the World Cup since its inception in 2011 – made no mistake this time, helping to dump England out 2-0 in the semi-finals before starring against Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton in Frankfurt.

The 'Beard to be feared', a runner-up in four previous TV majors, could barely speak afterwards but said: “This is life-changing. I always thought this moment would come one day and I've finally got there.

“Damon has taken the responsibility. He’s amazing. I love this guy, he is the best player on the planet right now. This guy is amazing, he will be the next world champion – I guarantee that.”

Price and Clayton collapsed in the opening two singles matches, with The Iceman losing 4-0 to a dominant Heta and world No.8 Clayton losing 4-2 to Whitlock. Heta fumbled a crucial match dart and missed out on a chance to win the title in the doubles session as the 2020 champions fought back to clinch a 4-3 win.

But he remained composed in the fourth singles match, hitting a 180 in the sixth leg and finishing on a double 16.

Former world champion Price admitted: “We didn't fire, but we will be stronger and we will be back. The Premier League wasn't very good to me and my hand injury didn't help, but reaching a World Cup final is a platform to push on for the rest of the season.”

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