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REPORT | GURNEY SEALS LAST 16 PLACE
Daryl booked his place in the last 16 of the Happy Bet European Darts Open tomorrow after a last-leg deciding victory against Jerry Hendriks as he averaged 98.56 and hit a staggering EIGHT maximums on the road to victory.
MATCH REPORT | Daryl Gurney vs Jerry Hendriks
Gurney was in red-hot form leading up to the 48-man event in Leverkusen and that was clear to see as he fired in back-to-back 180's with the first six darts of the match, but unfortunately he missed three darts on D20 then more misfortune came Gurney's way as he busted his score whilst on 10 which allowed the Dutchman Hendriks the chance to steal the opening leg as he picked out D18. Daryl soon made amends and levelled up the match as he pinned D10 for a 16-darter. The momentum was with Gurney as he followed up with a 12-darter as he took out 86 to take the lead at 2-1. Daryl looked likely to extend his lead to 3-1 as he was sat on D16 after 15 darts only for Hendriks to fire in a 111 checkout to level things up at 2-2. But back came Gurney once more as he put in another terrific leg on his own throw, he left 76 after just three visits to the board. He busted his score on 76 the first time around for an 11-darter, but with Hendriks way back on 377, Gurney returned to take out 76 the second time for a 15-dart leg and a 3-2 lead. Hendriks once more came back at Daryl on his own throw with a 16-darter courtesy of D20 to level the contest up at 3-3. This was ultimately the turning point of the match as Daryl went on a rampage with two fantastic legs of darts as he moved into a 5-3 lead with a 15-darter closely followed by a 120 finish to break Hendriks' throw after he missed three darts to level up at 4-4. Hendriks continued to fightback though, he fired in a 15-darter to pull it back to 5-4 just after Gurney missed four match darts. The match was set to go the distance as the Dutchman held his throw firmly as he took out 90 with Daryl sat on D8. The deciding leg was ultimately the best leg of the contest and what composure from Daryl to produce a ten-dart leg to seal his place in round three, he started the leg with six perfect darts for the second time in the match followed by 105 to leave D18 which he pinned at the first time of asking with his opponent well back on 345. Hendriks very gracious in defeat as he praised Daryl on a superb performance and a great battle. Gurney currently shares the record of the most 180's hit in a European Tour event with nine, he hit eight in this one and scored like a man posessed. He faces either Michael Smith or Peter Jacques tomorrow afternoon in the last 16 of the Happy Bet European Darts Open.
REPORT | GURNEY EDGED OUT BY SMITH IN THE LAST 16
Daryl was edged out by Michael Smith in the last 16 of the European Darts Open in Leverkusen on Sunday afternoon, however, the scoreline did not reflect the performance by the Londonderry ace as he fired in a 96.63 average and to be fair he was quite impressive on the finishing as he hit 3/8 of his doubles attempted. He just ran into a player in red-hot form in Michael Smith who himself averaged over 102. Daryl was very gracious in defeat and had a lot of respect for his opponent.
MATCH REPORT | Daryl Gurney vs Michael Smith
Daryl faced Michael Smith in the last 16 of the Happy Bet European Darts Open. It was a high-quality affair with both players putting on a terrific tungsten battle infront if thousands of passionate German darts-crazed fans. Gurney got off to a delightful start as he fired in a 15-dart leg after pinning D20 to hold throw. Smith came straight back with a 12-darter as he took out 88 with nothing that Gurney could do apart from hitting a nine-dart leg. Leg three was very closely contested, Gurney missed a dart at D10 for a 2-1 lead but Smith punished the miss as he took out 25 for a break of throw as it could of proved to be pivotal in the contest. Smith extended his lead to 3-1 courtesy of a 13-darter with Daryl not on a finish. Regardless of being two legs down, Gurney wasn't giving up as he reduced the deficit to 3-2 as he took out 96 for another 15-darter. The comeback was complete as the Northern Irish star made it three 15-darters on the spin as he took out 90 as he fired in the bullseye to level things up at 3-3. Daryl was unfortnately broken again by Smith in leg seven as he missed four darts to move 4-3 ahead and he was punished again by the St Helens man as he took out D18 with his last dart in hand to move 4-3 ahead. Smith sealed the win as he took the last two legs with a 15-darter to move 5-3 ahead closely followed by a 12-dart leg as he took out 100 for the win without Daryl getting a shot despite leaving 68. Gurney will be very happy with the performance despite being on the losing side. It's now onto Barnsley next weekend for Players Championship events 15 & 16 at the Metrodome. It will be a huge chance for Daryl as the likes of Van Gerwen, Anderson, Price etc all missing as they are in Shanghai for the World Series event. Despite these players being missing Daryl has showed he can push the best players in the World on a consistent basis and the future is certainly very bright for the Northern Irish star.
Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney is becoming the star his darts talent demanded, and to celebrate his new nickname, his management team have designed a new superhero darts shirt for him.
You can buy them (signed by Daryl himself) via his Merchandise page – in Red and Blue versions, in Small to XXL sizes.