DARYL GURNEY believes he is picking up “momentum” as it gets to the business end of the darting year.

The Northern Irishman missed out narrowly on making the final of the Unibet European Championship on Sunday evening.

Superchin went down 11-9 in a close encounter with eventual winner Rob Cross having disposed of Simon Whitlock and Dave Chisnall comfortably to reach the last four.

He said: “I’m consistently progressing in tournaments, I just need to take that next step but I feel like I’m gaining momentum all the time.

“It was frustrating not to get to the final. I got myself into a couple of strong positions against Rob but then let it slip. I just need to eliminate that from my game.

“But all in all it was a solid weekend and now I can look ahead to the World Series and try and win that.”

Gurney was particularly impressive against Whitlock, who did produce a fine fightback to push him all the way.

Superchin began the match in scintillating form taking the opening five legs, with an average of over 117.

The 2018 Players Champion continued his form after the break, racing in to a 9-2 lead and looking certain to progress to the quarter-finals.

Whitlock had other ideas though and began a fight back that threatened to derail Gurney’s quest for a third televised PDC title.

The Australian managed to win five consecutive legs to put the pressure on Gurney but an 11-dart hold of throw in leg 17 secured a 10-7 win for the 33-year-old.

Gurney added: “I was in the zone for the first five legs, I would’ve been 5-0 up against anybody in the world.

“In the break I told myself ‘don’t let your standard drop and don’t give him a chance’ but unfortunately that’s exactly what I did!

“Fair play to Simon, he’s a fantastic player and he had the crowd behind him, so I was mighty relieved to see that winning double go in.”

Gurney has been given a tough opening draw at the World Series in Amsterdam, taking on either Krzysztof Ratajski or Nathan Aspinall on Saturday night.

Jamie Hughes’ stay in the Euros was short-lived with a 6-1 defeat to Jermaine Wattimena in the first round.

By Phil Lanning.