Gary Anderson was thanked for giving up the Scotland World Cup spot


John Henderson, the World Cup winner, is grateful that Gary Anderson gave him the chance to defend his World Cup of Darts title.

In a remarkable win, Henderson was paired with Peter Wright to take the title. He was called up last year as an emergency replacement for Anderson. World Cup spots are usually awarded to the highest-ranked players from their country. This would rule Henderson out.

Anderson, in an unorthodox move, has decided to step aside for the 2022 edition at Frankfurt next month. The Highlander is grateful for the opportunity and believes he would have done the same had he been in Anderson’s shoes.

“Fair play to them, it is good of Gary to do that,”Henderson reported Grampian Online. “He felt it was right and I think, if I was in the same position, I would maybe step aside. The good thing is that Gary has already won it so it maybe made his decision a bit easier but I still take my hat off to him for giving me the opportunity to go and play it.”

Henderson had hoped the biggest win of his career would pave the way for a spell of success, but it hasn’t panned out like that for the popular Scot, who says he needs a change of luck.

“Results haven’t been going my way just now but I’m playing well,”He concluded. “My average for the season is 93, that’s how good I’m playing, but I’m just not getting the luck.”

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Peter Wright and John Henderson secured Scotland's second World Cup of Darts success in three years
John Henderson and Peter Wright secured Scotland’s second World Cup of Darts victory in three years

While the England team will be based in Frankfurt, James Wade will be there with Michael Smith and Gerwyn price will fly the Welsh flag.

The Netherlands were forced to make a late change because Michael van Gerwen, a favourite, was unable to play due to a wrist injury. He will have surgery shortly before the tournament. The Green Machine’s place alongside Danny Noppert has gone to Dirk van Duijvenbode.

The tournament starts on June 16th and ends on July 19.