DARYL GURNEY’S Unibet Premier League hopes were left hanging by a thread despite a fighting display against World No 1 Michael van Gerwen.
Superchin came back in style against MVG to force a draw in their vital clash at the Manchester Arena last night.
But it’s still unlikely to be enough for the Derry ace to make the top four and Play-Offs at the O2 in London next month.
Gurney, 32, admitted: “It’s a good point tonight but probably too little too late. It’s a bit frustrating because on any other Premier League night a point against Michael would be a very good result.
“I’m pleased to have come back from 3-1 down to go ahead but I needed the win to keep up the pressure on the boys above me in the table.
“I’m now relying on them losing to stand any chance of making the top four. But I’ll still keep going until I’ve no chance.
“If I don’t make it to the O2 then fifth place is still pretty decent for my first year – and I want to make sure I finish finish with two more matches to play.”
Gurney took out three legs on the spin to make it 4-3 after MVG had taken the early running. Then it was nip and tuck with the Dutchman re-taking the lead at 5-4.
But a marvellous 156 kill from Gurney levelled it up and then took the lead again with double 16. However, MVG kept his nerve to hang onto to his throw and draw the match 6-6.