Darts ace Daryl into top 32

Pic courtesy PDC Europe.
Pic courtesy PDC Europe.
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Northern Ireland darts ace Daryl Gurney has moved into the world’s top 32 for the first time, after he reached the final of the Dutch Darts Masters on Sunday.

Daryl lost 6-2 to hot favourite Michael van Gerwen, but his magnificent performances saw him reach his first ever PDC final and earn £10,000 for finishing runner-up in the decider in Venray.

Gurney smashed in an incredible nine 180s and averaged 106.84 as he beat Adrian Lewis 6-4 in a thrilling quarter-final clash.

He replied to Lewis’ 177 in the opening leg with a 180 as he took out a 13-darter, with Lewis levelling and sharing the next two legs before breaking with an 11-darter to move 3-2 up.

Gurney, though, replied with back-to-back 11 dart legs to move 4-3 ahead, with Lewis levelling by taking out 110.

The pair traded 180s in the next two legs, but Gurney crucially took both to cap a majestic display.

Daryl won through to his first PDC final with a 6-1 defeat of Mensur Suljovic.

He broke throw in leg one by finishing 75, with Suljovic firing in two 180s as he levelled with a 12-darter only to be punished for missed doubles in leg three as the Northern Irish ace edged ahead.

Gurney fired in a 180 in a 13-darter to move 3-1 up and took the next three without reply as he set up a decider against van Gerwen.

“I’m happy just to get to the final and I lost to the best player in the world,” said Gurney. “I take my hat off to him because he’s the best day-in, day-out.”

Earlier, Daryl also dumped out Peter Wright 6-4 in what proved to be a great weekend for the Northern Ireland man in Holland.