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GERMAN DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT

The continuing return to prominence of Daryl Gurney and the dazzling exploits of Karel Sedlacek were the undoubtable highlights for MDA at the 2022 German Darts Championship.

It’s been a while since the talented Northern Irishman was in the winners circle but signs are there that a return to that podium are not too far away for Gurney.

Hildesheim holds special memories for Superchin having claimed this very title in 2019. And for long periods of the weekend, it looked like it could well be a repeat of that triumph.

It took Daryl a while to get firing with the 35-year old far below his best in his Friday afternoon opening round match against German qualifier, Lukas Wenig. But a 6-3 win ensured he would go again later that night.

Facing a far tougher prospect with Luke Humphries in round two, Gurney knew an improvement would be needed if he wished to continue.

As expected, the match didn’t disappoint in terms of quality but it was the Tyrone man who got to the line first, registering a 6-4 victory and an average just shy of 96.

Against Joe Cullen in the last sixteen, Gurney once again produced a similarly strong display to his previous match, coming out on top against the reigning Masters champion.

Welsh big hitter, Jonny Clayton was next on Daryl’s radar. The Ferret hoovered up with titles galore last year but was denied glory in this one by yet another scintilating Superchin performance.

In a contest which had the German fans captivated, Gurney grabbed the last leg decider, slamming his third dart into the heart of the bullseye to win with a superb 124 checkout.

Unfortunately, that is where the journey ended as Rob Cross, a man who Gurney had defeated en route to his 2019 victory, came out on top 7-4 in their semi-final clash.