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Gurney is left to rue a lethargic start in World Matchplay exit


Daryl Gurney

Daryl Gurney's World Matchplay hopes came to an end in the last-16 as he fell to an 11-5 defeat to Vincent van der Voort in Milton Keynes.

Dutch ace Van der Voort averaged 97.6 in the victory to knock Gurney out, establishing an early 5-0 lead at the first interval and never falling behind as he secured his quarter-final place.

Londonderry man Gurney was always playing catch-up and in the end it was a tale of four breaks of throw to one in favour of Van der Voort, which ultimately swung the result his way.

Indeed, the writing was on the wall from as early as the first leg when Van der Voort broke Gurney's throw with a sublime 12-dart finish, and from there the World No.33 took control of the match.

By the time the first interval rolled around, Van der Voort was averaging 104 in taking a five-leg lead, but Gurney finally got himself off the mark with a 13-dart finish in the sixth leg, taking out double 12.

The pair traded legs before Van der Voort rolled off back-to-back breaks of Gurney's throw again for a 9-2 lead, and three consecutive holds of throw saw 'The Dutch Destroyer' just one leg away from victory at 10-4.

However, he failed to convert a match dart to allow Gurney back in at 10-5, but the World No.7 was to prove too far back to mount what would have been a simply sensational comeback.

In the end, Van der Voort closed out the victory with a 94 checkout in the 16th leg to wrap up the success, with Gurney heading home early.

Belfast Telegraph