DARYL GURNEY kept his Unibet Premier League Play-Off hopes alive with a 7-1 demolition of Simon Whitlock.

The Derry ace stayed in contention for a top four place by beating the Wizard of Oz at a sell-out 10,000 in Rotterdam last night.

Superchin, 32, had suffered his second successive defeat at the Ahoy Arena going down 7-3 to Gary Anderson 24 hours after losing to World Champ Rob Cross.

But he showed real mettle to beat Whitlock in his second match to stay in contention at three points adrift of fourth place Michael Smith.

Gurney said: “That was an important win for me. I knew I had to get something out of these three games and that was vital.

“It’s obviously not what I wanted when I arrived in Rotterdam but it’s better than nothing in the end.

“I’ve given myself a big task over the next three matches. But if I get results in all of them I’ll be close to making the top four.

“At the start of the league I would have probably taken this position to be in with three to go, so I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”

Just 24 hours earlier Gurney admitted “it just didn’t happen” for him against World Champ Cross.

He said: “It just didn’t happen for me tonight. The atmosphere and the fans was out of this world but I couldn’t get going.

“Rob started brilliantly so I was chasing the game and losing my first throw set me back and I never recovered. You can’t give a player like Rob a five-nil start.”