Daryl Gurney: I’m expecting a tight one against Keegan Brown

Can the Northern Irish arrower make it into the last eight?


Making it to the Premier League Darts semi-final is no easy feat these days, but Daryl Gurney is in the hunt for another major honour this weekend.

Sitting at four in the darts world rankings, a win in Blackpool could quite literally push Superchin into heights he’s never experienced before.

He’ll need to get over Keegan Brown in the last 16 first though, but the former World Matchplay semi-finalist was in confident mood ahead of Wednesday’s night’s clash.

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We grabbed Gurney for a chinwag on Tuesday to get his thoughts on Tuesday’s game and to see how he felt about his opening victory over Ricky Evans. It’s fair to say, he was honest as ever.

“My form has been there and thereabouts, not far off on the day and my scoring has been gradually coming back,” said Gurney.

I just need to really improve my finishing and setting up.

“But, we’re getting there. I don’t know I could have closed out the game a bit quicker against Ricky Evans.

“I didn’t get lazy or anything, but I missed a couple of crucial finishes near the end when and I made it tight. But, yes, I was happy to just get the win.”

Keegan Brown saw off Jonny Clayton 10-8 on Monday evening to seal his passage to this meeting with Superchin, and Gurney knows he’s in for a battle.

“Keegan played well on Monday night, I watched his game and before he went to play Jonny Clayton I was actually practising with him,” said the world number four.

“He was practising well and so was I. To be honest, the way he been throwing great of late and obviously, he’s beat Michael van Gerwen on the European Tour recent.

I thought Keegan was going to win before the game even started on Monday.

“Looking at our two games, I think my scoring was slightly better, but his finishing was better. I’ve got to improve on my doubling and he’s got to improve on his scoring. Whatever happens, hopefully, I still come out on top and get to win.”

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