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Why Daryl Gurney's Premier League hopes have been handed a boost by late schedule change

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Northern Ireland darts player Daryl Gurney

Northern Ireland darts player Daryl Gurney

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Northern Ireland darts player Daryl Gurney

Northern Ireland's Daryl Gurney looks set to benefit from a change to the Premier League darts schedule due to the coronavirus.

A double-header night in Rotterdam that was due to be held on March 25-26 has now been rescheduled for September 9-10 after regulations brought in by the Dutch government.

That, in turn, has bumped the night hosted in Belfast up to Week Eight, which is before the League starts to eliminate players and all nine throwers are still involved.

That means Gurney is guaranteed to play in front of his home fans at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Thursday, April 2, which will no doubt delight the local darts hero.

It seems likely the Derry thrower will take on Nathan Aspinall, who he was due to play on Week Eight in Rotterdam prior to its postponement, but that now may change.

Gurney is currently bottom of the Premier League having not won a game yet this season, drawing two and losing four of his six matches.

However, a strong finish to the campaign could see him avoid missing out on the run to the play-offs, and a big win in front of his home crowd would be a good way to do that.

Belfast Telegraph