Belfast Telegraph

Daryl Gurney dazzles in World Grand Prix but no all-NI tie as Dolan exits

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney is through to the quarter-finals of the World Grand Prix of Darts after he eased past Steve West - who stunned 16-time World champion Phil Taylor in round one - in last night's second round.

Gurney was in excellent form, triumphing 3-0 in sets to deservedly take his place in the last eight in Dublin.

'Superchin' won all three sets 3-2 but only had to break West's throw once, in the decisive game in the second set, in order to wrap up a whitewash victory.

The 3-0 scoreline suggests the match was a lot more one-sided than it really was and, but for Gurney's solitary break of throw in the second set, it would have been a much tighter affair.

But the Ulsterman hit double eight to clinch the second set, which allowed him to secure his passage into the next round simply by holding his throw in the final set.

Gurney will face Dave Chisnall in the quarter-finals after the Englishman overcame another Ulsterman, Brendan Dolan, 3-1 in his second round clash.

The writing was on the wall for Enniskillen man Dolan in the first set as Chisnall broke him twice, wrapping up a 3-0 first set.

The World No.9 went on to take the second set, which featured another two breaks of throw, before Dolan threatened a comeback by taking the third.

But it wasn't to be as Chisnall rounded off the match by hitting tops to eliminate Dolan and set up an intriguing clash with Gurney in the last eight.

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