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Daryl Gurney shows class to book a place in World darts semis

 

By James Tait

Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney is in the money after powering into the darts World Matchplay semi-finals last night.

Gurney produced one of the finest performances of his career by battling back from 11-9 and 12-10 down to beat Mensur Suljovic 16-13 in Blackpool.

The 31-year-old, who knocked out No.2 seed and two-time World champion Gary Anderson in the second round, will now face No.3 seed Peter Wright in tomorrow's semi-finals.

The Londonderry man is £30,000 better off for the achievement and will pocket a cool £115,000 if he goes on to lift the crown; £55,000 if he loses the semi-final.

He said: "It's an unbelievable feeling. I was trying to keep my emotions in check and be patient, but I'm still learning and I'm just pleased to have got over the finishing line.

"I'm not here to make up the numbers but I'm not thinking about the final. I'll have to be at my best on Saturday but I can improve on this and I'll need to in the semis."

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