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Gurney Ready to Make Very Belfast Baby Dash

DARYL GURNEY is getting ready to dash off stage in front of the World Champion and his home fans to see his missus give BIRTH!

The dynamic Derry ace faces Rob Cross in the Unibet Premier League at The SSE Arena in Belfast on Thursday night.

But Gurney, 32, making his first TV appearance in his home country, is on red alert with his missus Aine due to go into labour at any moment.

He revealed: “We’re on tenterhooks, just before I left the house on Wednesday my missus said it could be tomorrow. I might have to play the darts match and run off stage because she’s giving birth!

“She’s going to Belfast to watch me so the good thing is if it happens when I’m in Belfast we can go straight to the hospital from the venue and I’ll be there.

“It’s one of those things. We’re away to Munich this weekend it’s just a non-stop run of tournaments  so you’ve just got to hope that the birth fits in with the calendar and a day that I’m home.

“I can’t wait to be playing in Belfast. But I have been distracted getting baby stuff, sheets, car seat and other bits. So that stopped me thinking about playing. But once I then sit down and realise that’s the baby stuff sorted, now I’ve got to think about darts.

“As for playing in Belfast, to win there I’d be buzzing, I could walk home pure on adrenaline rather than getting a taxi.

“Whatever happens once I have that walk-on and I play well, hopefully I’ll get a win or draw. I’ll just be happy playing in front of my home crowd of 11,000, you can’t beat it.”

Gurney, after four draws, finally nailed his first PL win against Mensur Suljovic in Glasgow a week ago but knows it will be hard against a back-to-form World Champion.

He added: “It’s going to be a difficult match. Rob’s full of confidence, he lost his first two matches and now he’s won his last five. He’s a man on form. 

“I know he had a dip at the start but that’s all gone now, he was trying to be Rob Cross world champion instead of just being Rob Cross, so that was putting extra pressure on himself.

“But he’s found his feet again and I knew he was too much of a quality player and it would only be a wee blip.

“He’s going to have a 100 average tomorrow and if I don’t match that I’m going to get beat. 

“I’ve got the most 180s but at the end of the day it comes down to finishing. Everyone can score big but it comes down to doubles. 

“That’s probably the difference between myself and Rob. Our scoring power is probably really similar but whenever it comes to finishing Rob’s up there as the first or second best in the world.

“That’s where the game will be won or lost on Thursday night, it will be the doubles.”

Superchin has been left to rue missed chances of wins against Raymond van Barneveld, Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson, all ended up as draws.

He added: “I have three darts to beat Raymond and two darts to beat Gary so if I’d won them and not drawn and got another two points, that would be me in the Play-Off places.

“It’s just a couple of darts here and there that can change the whole thing. But it’s so entertaining this year, we’ve got new players and it’s that tight I’m four points from being relegated and four points from being in the top four.

“I enjoy playing the best players. If you are going to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. If I come off and I’ve got beat by the World No 1 or No 2 then I’ll learn from it and move on to the next week.

“Dublin was brilliant last year to win the Grand Prix, my doubles were better than anyone else and that’s what got me over the finishing line. 

“But to get the next major I’ve got to get my scoring and finishing together in a proper full week. Sometimes I have a slight lapse in a semi-final or quarter and I get beat then.”

Story By: Phil Lanning

Date : 28-03-2018



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