Daryl Gurney won through to the quarter-finals in another major in his debut year at the Wolves Civic with a fine 10-2 win over two-time finalist James Wade. Gurney now has the test of Phil Taylor in the Quarters after another brilliant display from the Northern Irishman who will be hoping to cap off his debut with another major title come Sunday.

“I’m really happy to be through,” said Gurney. “James didn’t play his best darts in the group stages but I thought that in the longer format he would express himself and it would be a lot tighter.

“James kept letting me in and I kept taking my chances – he wasn’t on it tonight and I got through easily. I just wanted to win and it didn’t matter what the result was, but I still didn’t play my best.

“I’m fighting with myself because I should be playing so much better and I’ve been practising so well. It was good enough to win the game but it’s my lowest average of the tournament and I want to improve on Saturday.”

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