England, Pakistan, New Zealand and Korea lock in Germany
19 Apr 2006 17:40
It has taken eight days and 30 matches but finally we know at least four of the team's to qualify for the 2006 BDO World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.
England, Pakistan, New Zealand and Korea qualified in that order through the final day of round matches in Changzhou, while others will be sitting in their hotel rooms dreading how they missed out and how they will pick themselves up in time for the playoffs.
The day started out with a win for England over Belgium, a clear success for England at the fulltime whistle as players and coaches rushed onto the pitch to embrace in happiness.
Next it was Pakistan to secure their place. Some may say they unconvincingly secured their spot in drawing with Ireland, but the way Pakistan played the last 20 minutes was clear they knew what was required of them and were happy to consolidate for the draw.
The third team to qualify was New Zealand, but it is not so much what the Kiwi's achieved on the last day that was a feat, but more so the Japanese.
Japan pulled off a massive upset, beating France to deny their automatic spot, something most thought was academic coming into the final day, and allowing the Kiwi's to leap frog them on the table.
Lastly it was the Koreans, who came out and did the job required to knock over the Chinese. They weren't flash, they didn't beat their opponents into the ground, but they did win.
The French would be devastated, who dropped from first in their group to fourth, and now face the Belgians, who also won't believe their terrible luck at facing the, before today, inform French.
Japan, who after their win were hoping either New Zealand or Korea dropped points to ensure their place, would still have to be reasonably happy to draw Ireland, who have had an up and down tournament.
The interesting matches and ups and downs will continue, but one thing is for sure, the English, Pakistani's, New Zealander's and Korean's will have a good night's sleep tonight and a peaceful and care free rest day.
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