Daryl Gurney has strenuously denied any accusations of ‘mumbling’ during his World Grand Prix quarter-final clash against Gary Anderson at the Citywest Hotel on Thursday evening.
Gurney produced a magnificent display to continue his title defence and dump Anderson out in straight sets; averaging 92.72, crashing in five maximums and converting 75% of his attempts at double.
The Northern Irishman also fired in three ton-plus finishes to ease past an off-colour Anderson, who was bidding to win his fourth major TV title of the year. Nevertheless, ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was visibly annoyed with Gurney at the conclusion of the contest, with the pair exchanging words before Anderson stormed off stage.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Laura Woods, Gurney admitted that he was bemused by Anderson’s angry post-match reaction. “Gary was trying to say I was mumbling behind him. I’ve never mumbled in any game I’ve ever played in my life,” he said.
“Honestly, I’m disappointed in him. I’m still a darts fan and I’m a big fan of Gary Anderson, but when he turns around and says I was mumbling behind him I’m not best pleased really. I’ve never ever in all the games I’ve played him talked behind his back or anyone’s back and for some strange reason he thinks I was muttering.”
Gurney is looking to become just the second player behind Phil Taylor to successfully defend this title and he certainly layed down an impressive marker. He took out a brace of 110 finishes to clinch the opening set and never looked back, restricting Anderson to just three legs across the entire contest.
“Gary’s a better player than me, it’s just I’m a better grafter than Gary probably. For me he’s probably the third best player that’s ever going to walk the face of this earth,” the 32-year-old continued.
“The only reason I’d be throwing faster is to stay with Gary’s pace. He likes people playing fast, if I wanted to play games I could have slowed him down and messed about, but I grabbed my darts and I was out of the way. I never stood once in his way when he was on a finish or starting off so honestly I don’t know.”
It doesn’t get any easier for ‘Super-Chin’, who now takes on world number one Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals. Van Gerwen sealed his spot in the last four with a brilliant 3-1 win over a spirited Dave Chisnall. MVG averaged 101.54- the ninth highest average in the competition’s history, as he looks to claim a fourth Grand Prix crown.
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