Durrant determined to “take the positives” from Premier League learning curve

Gurney and Durrant embrace following a high quality contest (credit:Steve Welsh/PDC)

Glen Durrant admits he was “extremely gutted” to suffer defeat on his Premier League debut but will look to utilise the experience to push on in the PDC ranks.

Durrant went down 7-3 to Daryl Gurney in Glasgow on Thursday night as the Northern Irishman produced a masterclass of finishing to take all two points.

Durrant was the second of the nine 'Contenders' to feature in this season's Unibet Premier League in place of the injured Gary Anderson and gave a fine account of himself in front of a capacity crowd at the SSE Hydro.

Despite averaging just shy of 100, 'Duzza' admits he was devastated to suffer defeat but has vowed to take the positives into his second stint of ProTour action this weekend.

"Full respect to Daryl, he was tremendous," Durrant told Live Darts.

"It's a little bit tough to take because the icing on the cake would have been the win.

"I'm super disappointed but I'm sure I'll take some sort of positives; the beauty of the PDC is that I now set off to a ProTour weekend and hopefully I can go there and do myself justice.

"The stage was immense and the crowd was just amazing.

"I have to say a massive thank you to the PDC for the opportunity.

"I'm trying to take the positives out of it and hopefully in the next day or so I'll do that, but but I'm extremely disappointed because there were opportunities there."

A brace of 121 checkouts from Players Champion Gurney helped him on his way to a 5-1 lead, before Durrant missed two darts at double 18 to allow the Northern Irishman to finish 78 to secure at least a point.

Durrant landed double 16 and an 81 checkout to close the gap to 6-3, but a 14-darter on double 16 sealed the deal for Gurney in the following leg.

The defeat caps off a whirlwind month for the Middlesbrough marksman, who claimed the BDO world title for the third consecutive year before narrowly coming through Qualifying School on the final day to secure a coveted PDC Tour Card.

"I did not want the Premier League but you get these opportunities in life and that's what it's all about," added Durrant, who also reached the final of Players Championship Two last Sunday.

"I won Lakeside and then go and somehow get through Q School, I have all these exhibitions with people like Van Gerwen and Taylor etc and then you get a call to say you're in the Premier League.

"It's been an amazing month.

"Getting to the final on the ProTour was like a justification that maybe I should be here and that I can play with the big boys.

"I was looking for that cherry on the cake but I come off with a 7-3 loss and I stand here extremely gutted.

"I've put my notice in at work and on the 21st of March I become a full-time darts professional.

"I need to lose a little bit of weight and get a bit stronger in the head.

"I need to practice on a morning and on a night but the future is really rosy," added the 48-year-old.


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