DARYL GURNEY admits he “regrets his reaction” after the controversial stage bust-up with Gerwyn Price.

The Northern Irishman and Price had to be separated on stage by referee George Noble at the end of a heated Unibet Premier League clash.

Gurney has since apologised to the Welshman for his behaviour but now reveals “there was so much going on in the game” that provoked his reaction.

He said: Gurney said: “I regret my reaction at the end of the game but there was so much stuff going on in the game – I could write a book.

“In all honesty I made myself look the bad person. It was unprofessional of myself and like my manager says, I’m still the same person I was when I joined the PDC. But now I’m No.3 in the world and I have to start thinking like that.

“I’ve apologised now to Gerwyn. I held my cool for 14 legs and then I should have waited until I got off the stage and had a word with him.

“But it wasn’t to be, I can’t hold my tongue and I had to tell people how I feel there and then.

“It didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s down to experience. Previously when it started to happen you would have known because my face would have gone red.

“But with experience, I controlled it and keep myself in the game. I’ve listened to Gerwyn’s interview and I don’t want to see him get banned, that’s not a plan.

“He also thinks I thought I should have won the game. He was the far better player, he probably should have won. I did well to get a draw.

“A couple of years ago he would have beat me easily. But I held my cool and came away with a very important point which will hopefully get me towards the top four.”

Gurney is now part a huge last night fight for the last two O2 finals night places with Mensur Suljovic, James Wade and Price.

Superchin needs to beat Michael Smith in Leeds and hope other results go his way to make the top four.

He added: “For me Thursday night was the biggest game of this year. I’ve got pumped 7-0 by James Wade and 7-1 by Rob Cross and I haven’t reacted in that way. There’s no smoke without fire.

“I just didn’t bring that up out of nowhere. Obviously there’s a few things that go on in games. It’s just one of those things, you’ve got to see how you handle it.

“There’s obviously a bit of niggle here and there. I don’t think a Premier League has ever seen four players who can still qualify on the last week for the O2.

“The stakes are so high. The quality of darts is very good.”

 

JAMIE Hughes continued his brilliant start to 2019 with a run to the semi-finals of the European Darts Grand Prix in Germany.

Yozza defeated Ricardo Pietreczko, Mark McGeeney and UK Open winner Nathan Aspinall along the way before finally losing out to Peter Wright in the last four.

 

STEPHEN Burton won the PDC Challenge Tour 8 with a thrilling deciding leg 5-4 win in the final over Patrick van den Boogaard.

 

By Phil Lanning