Mon. Jun 17th, 2019

Daryl Gurney nailed by Cross in Belfast

Daryl Gurney at the Premier League Belfast / Pic: PDC/Johnny Cree

Daryl Gurney at the Premier League Belfast / Pic: PDC/Johnny Cree

Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney was beaten 8-4 by England’s Rob Cross in the PDC Premier League in Belfast. A raucous crowd in Belfast couldn’t bring it home for Gurney. His first dart just wasn’t consistently in the treble twenty.

Pre-kick off the crowd was going wild – I had to get out into it – to enjoy the atmosphere. The walk-on’s were fantastic but Daryl Gurney will no doubt be disappointed with the result. But Rob Cross was just too consistent.

Daryl Gurney at the Premier League Belfast / Pic: PDC/Johnny Cree
Daryl Gurney at the Premier League Belfast, Pic: PDC/Johnny Cree

There were a lot of 177’s from Cross at crucial times and he was very consistent with his finishing.

A 112 checkout by Gurney was a high point in the game for the Northern Irishman at 4-3. But Cross went ahead 6-4 whilst trading legs with Gurney.

The 11th leg was crucial with Gurney on 128, Cross hit a 180 to leave 32 and pressured Gurney. DG tried the 128 checkout, missed it to leave tops. Cross returned to 32 and a guaranteed point in the game.

The last leg Cross left 124. He hit 20, treble and bull out. The dart nearly fell out but stayed there in the end. A Cross win of 8-4 to send the NI fans home dejected for want of a better word.

Managed to get a word with Daryl in the press room. Daryl was obviously devastated.

“A winning streak has to sometime to come to end. I thought the last few legs I was playing better. If I had played like that earlier it may have closer. Rob had a great 180 to leave his finish of 32 and that killed the game for me. Clinical from Rob.”

After his win at euro tour – was he tired? Daryl said “Darts doesn’t give you a chance to settle in – ask MVG two weeks after winning the worlds he was playing in a pro tour.”

I’ve got to keep practising, and don’t get lazy. I’ve put in a lot of hours. and it just hasn’t paid off this week. I’m still close to the top four and not going to give up on it.

I think its James next week. I’ll be ready for next week.

Revenge for Cross for his defeat by Gurney last week at the Euro Tour. Daryl cant really complain to be fair, the result didn’t go his way this time, but he has had a good run the last three weeks and all good things come to an end. Next week he has to step it up against James Wade.

Other results on the night:

Mensur Suljovic 8-6 James Wade
Michael Smith 7-7 Peter Wright
Van Gerwen 7-7 Price

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