Belfast Telegraph

Chisnall ends Gurney's Grand Prix bid

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney has had his hopes of causing a major upset at the World Grand Prix of Darts dashed after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Dave Chisnall in the quarter-finals.

Chisnall, who has now knocked out two Ulstermen having also eliminated Enniskillen man Brendan Dolan in the second round on Wednesday, left Gurney with no margin for error, throwing a 90.54 average and taking out 55% of his doubles.

The 3-1 scoreline was the same that Chisnall defeated Gurney's fellow countryman Dolan by, and it looked ominous as early as the first leg as the Englishman broke Gurney's throw.

Despite 'Superchin' breaking back immediately in the second leg, Chisnall's class shone through as he broke in the final leg of the set to take it 3-2.

Gurney's inability to finish cost him in the second set as he missed three darts for the second leg, allowing Chisnall to break once more and take the set on the throw, 3-0.

Gurney, the World No.28, showed glimpses of a potential comeback in the third set as he broke Chisnall's throw in the second leg by taking out 94 to clinch the set 3-0.

But, with the throw in the final set, Chisnall made sure of the win by holding his throw to wrap up the fourth set 3-2 and the match to march into the semi-finals.

While the loss will be disappointing for Gurney, who will move up several places in the rankings because of his run to the quarters, he can be proud of his performances in Dublin.

Elsewhere, Raymond van Barneveld set up a meeting with Chisnall in the last four with a 3-0 defeat of Benito van de Pas.

World No.1 Michael van Gerwen will meet World No.2 and World champion Gary Anderson in the mouth-watering second semi-final after they overcame Simon Whitlock and Kim Huybrechts respectively.

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