German crown sets up Belfast duel nicely, says excited Gurney
Daryl Gurney is seeking a dream Unibet Premier League homecoming in Belfast on Thursday, after a perfectly-timed German Darts Championship triumph lifted him up to a career-high third in the world.
Gurney claimed his first success on the European Tour circuit on Sunday, overcoming Ricky Evans 8-6 in the Hildesheim final to rack up his fourth PDC title.
Gurney defeated three former world champions on his way to the final, including Rob Cross -who he will face at the SSE Arena on Thursday night.
Gurney's £25,000 prize saw him jump above Peter Wright and Gary Anderson in the PDC Order of Merit, and the Londonderry thrower comes into the Belfast clash in top form on the back of three successive Premier League wins.
"It's a great feeling to be World No.3 heading into Belfast," said Gurney, who made his Premier League debut last year and beat Cross in Belfast.
"I was already over the moon to be returning to Belfast but now I can't wait for it and to win my first European Tour event just a few days before it is the perfect start.
"Heading into this year I knew I was defending a lot of money and I needed to get my act together so this is a welcome win.
"Last year in Belfast was one of the most magical experiences of my life, so to get the chance to do it again is a dream come true. I know the place will be absolutely buzzing again."