Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney bowed out of the William Hill World Darts Championships after losing to defending champion Gary Anderson on Boxing night at the Alexandra Palace in London.
However, the Derry man will be left to reflect on what might have been, having raced into a one set lead and had darts to make it 2-0 and pile the pressure on Anderson.
Daryl was 1-0 up in the second set thanks to a 139 check-out and needing only 68 to make it 2-0, but Anderson stepped up and finished on 170. At 2-2 Daryl missed four darts to take a 2-0 lead and Anderson made no mistake to level the match and eventually went on to win 4-1.
“It wasn’t as comfortable as the scoreline suggested,” admitted Anderson, who will take on Holland’s Vincent van der Voort or Australia’s Kyle Anderson in the third round.
“Daryl could have probably won that match but he missed a few doubles and I hit mine at the right times. I did feel a bit of pressure because it felt like the first round again but it’s just another game of darts to me.
“Whatever happens here, I’ll always be a World Champion. That can never be taken away from now but it would be nice to win another. To do that I just have to put the work in and concentrate on one game at a time.”
Saturday December 26
Ricky Evans 0-4 Jamie Caven
Dave Chisnall 4-1 Christian Kist
Gary Anderson 4-1 Daryl Gurney
Sunday December 27
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
Michael Smith v Steve Beaton
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Benito van de Pas
Vincent van der Voort v Kyle Anderson
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Raymond van Barneveld v Stephen Bunting
James Wade v Wes Newton
Michael van Gerwen v Darren Webster