Ulsterman Daryl devastating, despite doubles deficiency!!!
It’s time to get carried away with ourselves.
Daryl Gurney has legitimate claims to the PDC World Championship crown. There! We said it.
Superchin was far from his champagne best tonight on the Alexandra Palace stage, struggling on occasions to compliment some wonderful in-leg scoring with some dodgy doubling. Nevertheless, a straight sets victory over handy Ross Smith will fire the Derry man’s confidence ahead of a Third Round meeting with Jamie Lewis on Saturday.
Let’s be clear. The Waterside World Number 5 dominated Smudger, a Quarter-Finalist at the Palace in 2011, from 501 to double, throwing six 180’s, and eleven 140’s in just eleven legs, averaging 100.3 along the way.
Gurney is one of a plethora of contenders who find themselves in the perceived tougher top-half of the draw. But in a performance that will have surely not gone unnoticed by Messrs. van Gerwen, Anderson and the likes, the Players Championship winner certainly underlined his impressive form heading into this year’s big one.
In tonight’s other games in North London, Carlow arrowman Steve Lennon didn’t have to be at his best to come past a very nervy Australian minnow in James Bailey. Lennon will face former BDO world finalist Alan ‘Chuck’ Norris in the Second Round. Chuck has to be one of the best darting monikers out there, doesn’t it?
Speaking of Chucks. Another one showed up this year, in an all-too brief appearance. American Chuck Puleo did cause a few problems for an under-par Dimitri van den Bergh, but class in the end told, with the fleet-footed Belgian coming through in three sets.
Tuesday’s other match was a cracker. Holland’s Ron Meulenkamp looked set to be on the end of a surprising upset when Diogo Portela raced into a two sets to nil lead. But after a scintillating third set, where both players averaged over a hundred, went the way of the Dutchman, the Brazilian seemed to lose that early-on-set confidence. Meulenkamp would grind his way to the last two legs, and a last 32 meeting with Bully Boy, Michael Smith.
More Irish participation tomorrow, with Brendan Dolan and William O’Connor both in second round action, whilst Kim Huybrechts, Simon Whitlock and James Wade will make their first foray into this years tournament.