DARYL GURNEY ended his Unibet Premier League on a high with a huge win over World No.1 Michael van Gerwen.

But the World No.7 was far from happy with his own campaign as he never managed to mount a challenge for a play-off place.

However the Northern Irishman did show a great deal of fight to avoid elimination when the league resumed in Milton Keynes after lockdown.

He said: “It’s a long way from how I wanted the Premier League to go for me obviously. It’s very important to start strongly and sadly I didn’t.

“Once you get into the place where you need to win three successive matches to get up the table, it’s very hard with the quality you are up against every night.

“But I guess I am reasonably happy with how it went when it came back in Milton Keynes. I avoided elimination, that was target No.1 and I achieved it. I hoped I could kick on from there but I couldn’t find the consistency.

“I beat the World Champion and World No.1 in my last five matches but I couldn’t seem to find that sort of form enough.

“Every player strives for consistency, we all dip in and out of form. I just feel I need to find better performances far more often right now.”

Gurney has now had three Premier League campaigns, reaching the semi-finals a year ago. But the former World Grand Prix and Players Championship winner admits he needs to improve to stay involved in the PL.

He added: “I still enjoyed it. In all honesty, the last couple of weeks I have enjoyed sharing the practice room with the best darts players in the world. I am very fortunate that I was one of the people included in that and enjoyed every minute of it.

“This is my third one and if I don’t pull my socks up it might be my last Premier League. I want to be here next year but if not, I don’t deserve to be here.”

By Phil Lanning
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