Waterside darts thrower, Daryl Gurney caused the upset of the first round when defeating Andy ‘The Pieman’ Smith at the 2013 PDC World Championships at Alexandra Palace on Saturday.
And he now faces a tough second round showdown against Dave Chisnall this Friday at the London venue.
The 26 year-old Tullyally man, had already claimed the scalp of Croat, Robert Marijanovic in a preliminary match and went on to secure his place in the last 32 of the prestigious tournament with a 3-1 victory over Smith on Saturday afternoon.
Gurney won the Irish Matchplay event earlier this year to claim a debut at the World Championships and having already exceeded his own expectations, he insists progressing through to the second round has been a ‘huge bonus’.
“My goal at the start of the day was to get through the preliminary round game, so to win and get a place in the second round is a huge bonus,” said Gurney.
“I was close to losing against Marijanovic, so when I was walking out to play Andy I wanted to enjoy the experience but I took my chances.”
Morecambe darts ace Chisnall, who was conqueror of Phil Taylor in last year’s event, set up his meeting with Gurney courtesy of a straight-sets victory over Shane Tichowitsch in the first round.
Eglinton & District
Meanwhile, Paul Brown and Conrad Watson were crowned 2012 Pairs champions last Thursday night when pipping an impressive total of 41 teams to the Eglinton & District Darts League’s prestigious accolade.
The talented pairing were deserved champion on the night amid strong competition and the league congratulate them on their victory.
It caps a wonderful year for Brown in particular having progressed to the semi-finals of the Winmau World Masters in Hull back in October and more recently
He qualified for the final of the Jersey Open Classic where he was narrowly defeated in the final.
And his teammate, Conrad has been one of the best local players in both Eglinton, Limavady and Coleraine leagues for many years.
Credit also to the runners-up in Eamon Duffy and Ronan Curley who fully deserved their place in the final.
Defeated semi-finalists were Liam Millar and Padraig O’Reilly and Darryl Loughrey and Sean McKinney.
The league would like to thank the 42 pairs who entered on the night and also Mickey Galbraith and staff of the Calablanca Bar, Ballykelly, who hosted and accommodated the large attendance.
Results - semi-finals - Paul Brown and Conrad Watson 3, Darryl Loughery and Sean McKinney 0; Eamon Duffy and Ronan Curley 3, Liam Millar and Padraig O’Reilly 2.
Final - Eamon Duffy and Ronan Curley 1, Paul Brown and Conrad Watson 4.
The final league fixtures before the Christmas break will be played this Thursday night, December 20th. Competition will resume on Thursday, January 3rd.
This week’s fixtures are as follows - Rising Sun B v. Macons; Longfield A v. John Ts; Happy Landing v. Drummond Hotel; Donaghy’s A v. Rising Sun A; The Vale v. Eglinton CC B; Calablanca v. Longfield and Eglinton CC A v. Donaghy’s B.
The Depot receive this week’s bye.