DARYL GURNEY admits it won’t be “heartbreaking” if he misses out on Unibet Premier League despite a hat-trick of wins over Michael van Gerwen.
The Northern Irishman sits in fifth place in the league table going into the final two league nights, as he aims to cap his second Premier League campaign with a semi-final appearance.
He is just one point behind James Wade and Mensur Suljovic – who sit in third and fourth place – following Thursday’s superb 8-5 defeat of World Champion Michael van Gerwen in Manchester.
He is also the only player this year to have completed a league double over Van Gerwen and admitted: “I needed to get something out of that game to keep my hopes alive.
“If I’d lost that game it still wasn’t all over, but I’ve won that game now and if I go in with the same temperament I can win the next two games.
“To finish in the top four I’ll be a very happy man, but if I didn’t then as long as I matched or beat the points tally of last year I’d still be happy.
“If I didn’t make it, it wouldn’t be heartbreaking. I know I’ve given it a good shot but nobody’s taken a bigger beating than me with a 7-0 and 7-1.
“That probably would have destroyed a lot of other players but that’s just how I play darts, it’s just another week. One week I’m fantastic, the next minute I can’t hit the wall with a washing board!
“Hopefully next week if I can get some kind of result, I can still be at The O2. If I can turn up next week and pretend that Gerwyn Price is called Michael van Gerwen, I’ll be alright!”
Gurney has now won three successive televised games against Van Gerwen, having also taken victory in the Players Championship Finals last November.
He added: ”I do fear him, but I don’t panic any more – I probably tried too hard over the last couple of years. Whenever I play Michael, if you don’t play your A-game you’re going to get beaten.
“At the start I did that. It’s two on the bounce against Michael in the Premier League so I’m glad to get that result.”
SUPERCHIN couldn’t repeat his Premier League form losing out to MVG in the semi-finals of the Austrian Open at the weekend.
Gurney beat Mark Webster and Boris Koltsov before being defeated by the dynamic Dutchman in the last four.
Jamie Hughes went down to eventual finalist Ian White 6-5 while Jamie Bain lost out to Steve Lennon in the first round.
HARRY WARD delivered another outstanding run to the quarter-finals of Players Championship 14 in Barnsley.
The youngster produced a terrific 6-5 win over Peter Wright and also defeated Max Hopp and Jonny Clayton before finally missing out to Darius Labanauskas 6-3 in the last eight.
By Phil Lanning