Daryl Gurney admitted that after his recent Premier League pains, a draw against Peter Wright was a relief.

The Northern Irishman sits just one place above the relegation zone, with three games left before one player leaves the Premier League. But at 6-3 down against Peter Wright, it could have been worse. Superchin battled back in Nottingham to grab a 6-6 draw. After winning just a single leg between two thrashings by Rob Cross and James Wade, it was a welcome change. But Gurney was still not satisfied with the overall performance.

“I’m disappointed. When you think about it, I got a draw, but I had six darts [in leg six] to win on my throw.

“If I hit that, I could’ve won the game,” he told Live Darts post-match.

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“Stop playing crap”

The current Players Championship Finals holder revealed that he has faced a mental struggle during what has been a tough time on stage. As well as the Premier League humiliations, Gurney was dumped out of the UK Open by Michael Smith in the fifth round.

“Up there tonight, after the last two weeks, I’ve been fighting with myself,” the Northern Irishman admitted.

“He could’ve gone up there and gone nine darter, nine darter, nine darter. And I’d still be thinking to myself, ‘stop playing crap’.

“Last few weeks I’ve been practicing well, and then gone out and played absolute crap.

“Tonight I was hanging in there, in all honesty, because Peter was the better player.”


On reflection, Gurney was pleased to leave the Motorpoint Arena with a point that takes him three clear of Premier League relegation favourite Raymond van Barneveld. The pair will meet in Rotterdam, after Gurney takes on Michael van Gerwen in Berlin.

“I was happy to get a draw – I was probably pretty lucky.

“It’s one of those weeks where I think ‘thank God it’s done, I got a draw, got a point’.

“I’m happy to get a point after the previous two weeks.”

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Author: Ed McCosh