DARTS: Missed chances cost Daryl Gurney

Daryl Gurney in action against Gary Anderson. Pic by Lawrence Lustig
Daryl Gurney in action against Gary Anderson. Pic by Lawrence Lustig

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.

Gurney can't believe another missed double.

Gurney can't believe another missed double.

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.”

Second Round

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