Daryl Gurney booked his place in the last four of theLadbrokesWorld series of darts finals following an impressive 10-7 victory over Peter Wright as he defeated ‘Snakebite’ for the second time in a week following on from his 10-5 victory over Wright at the European Championship last weekend in Hasselt. In the first session, Gurney produced some magnificent stuff as he dominated the mini-session as he moved into a 5-0 lead whilst averaging 98.88 as he blew Snakebite away in no time at all. The betting partners Ladbrokes had Gurney as the underdog in this one at 7/5 pre-match and it proved to be great value for the punters. Wright came out after the session a different player as he fired in a sensational 161 finish to get his first leg on the board. Wright very nearly followed up the 161 finish with a 167 but narrowly missed the bullseye. He did return though as he picked out D4 to claw things back to 5-2. Snakebite put himself firmly back in the match as he won his fourth leg on-the-spin as he fired in a 12-darter to make it 5-4 whilst upping his average to 99.34. Gurney responded to Wright’s onslaught perfectly as he himself fired in an 11-dart leg as he stopped the rot as he moved 6-4 ahead at the second break. Wright continued to stick in there as he fired in a 14-darter as he took out 77. The pair traded 180’s in leg 12 as both players left a finish after just nine darts. A huge turning point in the match came at the end of the leg as Wright missed two darts at D16 to break throw and level up the match. In stepped Gurney as he picked out D12 for a 7-5 advantage. More double woe’s for Wright came in the next leg as he missed a dart at D16 for a 104. Again, Gurney punished the error as he pinned D20 to silence the Scottish crowd as he moved 8-5 to the good. The momentum looked to swing Snakebite’s way as he was in prime position to break the Gurney throw, but he missed two darts to make it 8-6 and in typical fashion, Gurney punished the error as he took out 52 for a 9-5 lead. Wright managed to hold his own to stay in the match as he reduced the arrears to 9-6 just moments after Gurney missed a dartst the bull for a 124 for the match. Gurney nearly won the match is sensational style as he missed a dart at D18 for a 156, but in stepped Wright as he took out 74 to stay alive as he made it 9-7 to break the Northern Irishman’s throw. ‘Superchin’ sealed the win as he took out 96 to clinch a 10-7 victory as he set up a Semi-Final clash with Michael van Gerwen on Sunday evening.
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