Daryl Gurney and Rob Cross dispelled the charge of the local qualifiers by easing through to the Quarter-Finals at NZ Darts Masters in Hamilton.
Gurney was emphatic in the early stage of his contest against David Platt going 5-0 up in double quick time against the England-born Australian; including a 78 and 118 checkout back-to-back to assert his advantage.
Platt began to come back though as the finishing line started to rear it’s head. He hit a 64 checkout to trail 5-1 and ask the question of ‘Superchin’.
He closed the gap to 5-2 with an 80 checkout but as he started to come back into the contest, Gurney finished it off to move through to the Quarter-Finals.
In the second tie, Parry started well breaking the throw of Cross with an 84 checkout to begin proceedings. Cross responded well smashing in a 76 checkout to square it up at 1-1 and from there he took control going 3-1 up.
He followed it up with a magnificent 132 checkout to go 4-1 up. Parry got a foothold back into the tie but ended up losing 6-2 to Cross.
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NZ Darts Masters, Day One schedule
James Wade (92.71) 6-5 (87.71) Craig Caldwell
Simon Whitlock (93.51) 4-6 (96.87) Ben Robb
Daryl Gurney (95.98) 6-2 (89.51) David Platt
Rob Cross (99.84) 6-2 (79.06) Warren Parry
Gary Anderson v Haupai Puha
Peter Wright v Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen v Kyle Anderson
Raymond van Barneveld v Cody Harris
Best of 11 legs
Tags: Daryl Gurney, NZ Darts Masters 2019, Rob Cross
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Author: Samuel Gill