Our congratulations goes out to Daryl Gurney from Northern Ireland. Daryl Gurney came through an excellent field of PDC players in Hildesheim and won the competition outright, beating England’s Ricky Evans 8-6 in a close final.
Daryl played great all weekend against some stiff competition It started off with a 6-1 demolish job of Andy Boulton. Following on from his opening win was a clash with England’s Rob Cross, whom he beat 6-2 to seal his spot in the quarter finals. Cross hit just 18% on the doubles and Gurney punished him.
Next up in the quarter finals was a last leg decider against ex BDO world champ Stephen Bunting. Bunting didn’t really get going in the decider and Daryl was clinical and held his bottle when needed.
That meant he would now face double world champion Adrian Jackpot Lewis in the semi final. Jackpot in fine form of late winning the previous weekend’s Pro Tour event looked good all day too and required 24 with the score’s at 6-5 to Gurney, Daryl stepped up and hit his double against some stiff competition to make the final. Gurney hit 6 x 180’s with a 100+ average in the semi final.
The theme for the first few legs was missed doubles from Evans as Gurney went 3-0 up and it looked to be a walkover for Gurney. However Evans finally got his first leg on the board but Gurney went halfway to victory at 4–1 up.
‘Rapid’ got back into it with a 128 checkout and he reeled off three legs. Gurney lead 6-4 but there was a further turn as Evans went level at 6-6.
This proved to be the end for Evans though as Gurney hit the boost again and went on to win 8-6. This has now put Daryl up to third in the overall Order of Merit PDC rankings and with the thirty grand onto his ranking, is actually ranked number 1 in the European Tour ranking ahead of Mr MVG – that wont please the green machine.