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Cash Converters Players Championship: Daryl Gurney's dream ended by Michael Van Gerwen

By Frank Brownlow

Daryl Gurney's dream run at the Cash Converters Players Championship finally came to an end in the semi-finals with defeat to world number one and eventual champion Michael Van Gerwen at the Butlins Minehead Resort.

The highlight of the Londonderry man's exploits in the £300,000 televised event was a 10-6 victory over world champion Gary Anderson in the last 16 on Saturday night.

That followed on from a superb 6-2 victory over Kim Huybrechts on Friday.

Gurney was in quarter-final action against Benito van de Pas yesterday afternoon, winning 10-5, before the evening showdown against MVG proved a bridge too far and, despite a promising start, he went down 11-2. The Dutchman beat Adrian Lewis 11-6 in the final.

The run to the semi-finals is easily the Gurney's best showing at the elite level.

He was particularly pleased with victory over Anderson.

"Neither of us played our best game. I was lucky that Gary didn't play like he normally does but I did what I had to," he said.

Gurney now aims to continue his rise up the PDC rankings.

He is currently number 41 in the world and has earned £53,000 in prize money during this campaign.

Gurney is Northern Ireland's number two player, with Fermanagh thrower Brendan Dolan still riding high at world number 18 and with £198,750 in prize money.

The William Hill World Championship starts on December 17.

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