Gurney denies “mumbling” during Anderson clash at the World Grand Prix

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 5 Oct 2018
Anderson points the finger at Gurney (credit:Sky Sports)

Daryl Gurney has vigorously denied accusations of “mumbling” during his Quarter-Final clash with Gary Anderson at the World Grand Prix on Thursday.

Gurney produced a dominant display to dump out the UK Open and World Matchplay champion in straight sets and keep his title defence on track in Dublin.

Anderson, however, appeared visibly displeased with Gurney at the conclusion of the match, with the pair exchanging words before the Scot left the stage.

Gurney maintains he did nothing untoward during the contest and that Anderson's low average explains his frustration.

"I do feel embarrassed, would you not? He's more or less accusing me of cheating," he told RTL7.

"He had a 79 (average) so there's the problem. I never spoke anything behind him, I'd never do that to another darts player, especially on a TV stage because if they want to find evidence, go and look and I guarantee they'll find absolutely nothing.

"I even told Gary and he seems to think he's hearing things."

Gurney showcased a devastating display of finishing to extend his unbeaten run at the Citywest Hotel to eight matches, landing five 180s and nine doubles from 12 attempts as he took advantage of a below-par Anderson.

Gurney will now meet Michael van Gerwen in Friday's Semi-Finals and revealed to Sky Sports: "Gary was trying to say I was mumbling behind him. I've never mumbled in any game I've ever played in. 

"Honestly, I'm disappointed in him, I'm a big darts fan and I'm a big fan of Gary Anderson. I'm not best pleased really.

"I've never ever in all the games I've played him talked behind his back or anyone's back and for some strange reason he thinks I was muttering.

"Gary's a better player than me, it's just I'm a better grafter than Gary probably. 

"For me, he's probably the third best player that's ever going to walk the face of this earth.

"The only reason I'd be playing faster would be to stay out of Gary's face.

"He likes people to play fast, if I wanted to play games I could have slowed him down and messed about but I grabbed my darts and was out of his way."

Gurney is bidding to become only the second player (behind Phil Taylor) ever to successfully defend this prestigious title and has hinted that he has not received the acclaim last year's achievement warranted.

He added: "If you look at the thing that's on Sky Sports right now, it shows Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and Mensur Suljovic and we're playing in the Grand Prix - I'm the defending champion and I don't even make the poster.

"Does it bother me? No - who cares? What's he crying about?"



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