Daryl Gurney: If that bull didn’t go in I’d probably have got beaten

Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney provided the first shock of the tournament as he bested Gary Anderson in their opening game…


It’s no doubting where you can find the biggest upset from today’s opening round games at the Champions League of Darts.

Daryl Gurney stunned Gary Anderson in their opening contest in Group A to join Michael van Gerwen in the qualification places.

It looked like Anderson had recovered from an early blip as he took an 8-7 at one point, but Gurney rattled off three brilliant legs in-a-row to take the contest 10-8.

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Surprisingly, Superchin was in a reflective frame of mind rather than a celebratory mood following his great victory.

“In all honestly, I’m not playing my best at the minute, but I did well to come through that game”, said Gurney.

“I knew at one stage Anderson was going to go mad with scoring power and I just had to stick in there. In the 17th leg he hit a 180 and I backed it with a 171, then took out a 94.

“If that doesn’t go in I’ll probably get beaten. That was in my mind when I went for the bull, especially when I had to stand a foot and a half over on the oche, but I hit it anyway.”

Gurney now meets Michael van Gerwen later tonight in the evening session, but when asked about his beaten opponent Anderson, he felt it was all a case of hanging onto the Flying Scotsman by the fingertips.

“I’m very happy to get through that game, it doesn’t matter what the average was,” said a relieved Gurney.

Gary was out scoring me, but I still hung in there with my finishing.

“I always took out the crucial ones that really mattered. That’s what kept me in it to be honest.”

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