Daryl Gurney caused the biggest upset at this years Betvictor World Matchplay, as he dumped out the world number two and second seed Gary Anderson. This was the biggest win of Gurney’s career to date, as he booked a quarter-final spot against Mensur Suljovic. The Northern Ireland star produced a stunning display from start to finish, as he averaged 103 and a massive 55% on his finishing. Anderson raced to a 3-0 lead in the early stages, but a 104 finished gave Gurney a lifeline going into the first break. A mini surge from Gurney including a 121 finish and an eleven dart leg, saw the Irishman a 7-5 lead. Anderson missed a few darts at doubles at the end of big three dart combinations; Gurney took out some pressure darts when Gary Anderson was sat on a double to break back late on. Even in the final leg, Anderson had a dart at double 16 for a 152 finish, which would have had the crowd on their feet. Among all the excitement the excitement Gurney kept his cool to take out 70 with last dart in hand. Gurney is making his debut in the World Matchplay and is already in the Quarter-finals.
“I play darts to play in games like that, and I’m over the moon,” said Gurney. “It was going to take a big performance to beat Gary, and I know I played well.
“I’m very happy with the way I coped under pressure. I’m glad I won that game, but I’m here to win, and hopefully, I can do the same in the next game and progress even further.
“Everything I’m doing in practice, the dedication I’m trying to put in and trying to better myself as a dart player and not turn up and make the numbers up, it means a lot to me to beat Gary over a longer format.”
Tuesday July 25
Mensur Suljovic 11-6 Justin Pipe
Darren Webster 11-7 Steve West
Gary Anderson 9-11 Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright 11-4 Cristo Reyes
Wednesday July 26
Dave Chisnall v Alan Norris
Adrian Lewis v Rob Cross
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock