Gurney knocks out aggravated Anderson to reach World Grand Prix Semi-Finals

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 5 Oct 2018
Gurney and Anderson exchange words (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Defending champion Daryl Gurney produced an emphatic display to defeat Gary Anderson 3-0 in a frosty encounter and book his place in the Semi-Finals of the 2018 World Grand Prix in Dublin.

Gurney showcased a devastating display of finishing to extend his unbeaten run at the Citywest Hotel to eight matches and leave Anderson enraged at the end of the contest.

Gurney landed five 180s and nine doubles from 12 attempts as he took advantage of a below-par Anderson - who averaged just 79 and had some choice words for 'Superchin' - who he accused of "mumbling" on the oche.

Gurney will now meet Michael van Gerwen in Friday's Semi-Finals and revealed: "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.

"To beat a player of his calibre you have to be on top of your game all the way through and I was tonight.

"I felt nervous but I was fully focused on the job and thankfully I got it done."

Gurney produced a brace of 110 checkouts on his way to securing the first set 3-1 before firing in two 180s and double six on the way to a 13-darter to lead in set two.

The World Matchplay champion replied with double five but only for Gurney to clinch the next two legs and double his advantage.

Gurney broke throw with double eight in the first leg of set three, and after Anderson fluffed his lines at the double, 'Superchin' powered in a 102 checkout to go 2-0 ahead.

Anderson replied with a 160, a 180 and double four to stay alive, but Gurney landed tops in the following leg to seal the deal and end the Scot's hopes of back-to-back televised titles.

Three-time Grand Prix champion Van Gerwen, meanwhile, produced a phenomenal performance to deny a resurgent Dave Chisnall 3-1.

Van Gerwen averaged 101.5, the highest of the tournament so far, defying seven 180s and a 97.7 average from a helpless Chizzy. 

Chisnall began brightly by establishing a 2-0 lead in the first set, but back came MVG with legs of 11, 12 and 14 darts to turn the tables and take the initiative.

2013 runner-up Chisnall, though, dusted himself down and wrapped up the second set 3-1 to square up a high quality contest.

Van Gerwen romped to the third set without reply to regain control before taking out 74 for a 12-darter to level the fourth set.

He then moved to the brink of victory with double eight before taking out 89 to round off a blistering display.

"I think this was the best double-in, double-out game that Dublin ever saw," said Van Gerwen. "It was a phenomenal performance from both of us. 

"I need to keep my concentration for tomorrow, there's still a long way to go - I want to win this title, it's as simple as that."

Elsewhere, Peter Wright progressed to the Semi-Finals of the Unibet World Grand Prix for the first time courtesy of a 3-2 win over James Wilson.

Wright looked on course for a comfortable night's work as he opened up a 2-0 lead, but only for Wilson to hit back and force a grandstand finish.

The first set saw Wright come from 2-0 down and to snatch it with a 97 checkout in the decider after Wilson had missed one dart at double six.

The Scot then produced checkouts of 111 and 91 on the way to sealing the second set 3-1 and took out 61 to move one away from victory in set three, but only for Wilson to land double ten with his last dart to grab a lifeline.

A 109 checkout proved insufficient for Wright in set four as Wilson clinched it 3-1 to level the match.

The fifth set saw Wright average over ten points more than Wilson as the Scot pulled away to win it 3-0 and survive a tough test from the determined Yorkshireman.

"It was looking like I was going to win 3-0 without being pushed but I'm glad I was pushed because it gets me ready for my semi-final," said Wright.

"James is a top player, he struggled at the start but then he started doing what he can do - he's a fighter and I knew he would never give up."

Looking ahead to his semi-final with Mensur Suljovic, Wright added: "Last year I played him here and I let him get away with it but I'm a better player than last year and so is he so it should be an awesome game." 

World number six Suljovic booked his place in the Semi-Finals for the third time in four years with a 3-2 win over Gerwyn Price.

Another high-quality match saw Suljovic take the opening set before Price, who was starring in his first Dublin quarter-final, roared back to lead 2-1.

Suljovic levelled it up to take the match to a tense deciding set which saw the Austrian crowd favourite punish Price's misses to keep his hopes of a third televised final of the year alive.

"It is a brilliant feeling being in the semi-finals, I think the double-in double-out format is my tournament," said Suljovic, who will take on Wright in the semi-finals.

"I kept telling myself 'never give up' and that is why I won this game.

"The crowd were brilliant, when I was feeling down and like I was going to lose they started singing my name and it helped me focus."

Unibet World Grand Prix 2018 Results


Thursday October 4 

Quarter-Finals

Mensur Suljovic 3-2 Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright 3-2 James Wilson
Gary Anderson 0-3 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Dave Chisnall


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