Glen Durrant believes he deserves more respect for his achievements, after regaining top spot in the Premier League with a resounding 7-3 success over world No 1 Michael van Gerwen in Milton Keynes on Wednesday.
Durrant was a point above the Dutchman prior to Tuesday’s resumption, but Van Gerwen thumped Rob Cross 7-2 whilst ‘Duzza’ was forced to settle for a point against world champion Peter Wright, which saw ‘The Green Machine’ move top of the table via legs difference.
The 31-year-old had lost his two previous meetings against Durrant – including a second-round showdown at last year’s World Matchplay – but he stoked the fire ahead of Wednesday’s showdown by labelling the Teessider ‘a boring player who sucks the energy out of you’.
However, Durrant let his darts do the talking at the Marshall Arena, averaging 104.43 en route to a comprehensive 7-3 success, with a spectacular 167 checkout in leg five proving the catalyst.
“I know where my game is, I know I’m a boring player to watch but I’m not a bad player sometimes and that’s a big, big win. I can play darts,” Durrant told Sky Sports.
“I’m a three-time BDO world champion but to be in the Premier League is pretty amazing. You’re playing the elite players week in, week out and it’s special. Tonight I have just beaten the best player in the world. That’s amazing.
“I’m a huge fan of Michael van Gerwen. I’ll go on record now live on Sky – he’s the best player in the world. I was quite honoured that he was talking about my style of play.”
Durrant is one of the more methodical players in this year’s Premier League, but he’s also forged a reputation for being one of the most clinical combination finishers in world darts, converting 58% of his attempts at double to topple the defending Premier League champion.
“I’m not as good as Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall, Michael [van Gerwen] with the speed. I don’t have their natural ability, but what I’ve got is tenacity, hard-work and I’m good in match play, and tonight was right at the top of my game,” he added.
“The respect was always about – I won three BDO world titles, I came to the PDC. If I had bombed, what would those titles have meant?
“I feel I’m right up there in the top 10 players in the world. Just being backstage with them is great and I feel like I’m only going to get better. I might be 50 this year but I’m definitely at the top of my game.”
Durrant is the only active PDC Tour Card holder with a 100% record against MvG over three matches, and he’s bidding to emulate the irrepressible Dutchman and 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, by becoming just the third man in Premier League history to finish top of the league phase.
The 49-year-old takes on a struggling Rob Cross on Judgement Night and victory will see him maintain his two-point cushion at the summit, and he believes he deserves the same level of respect that he affords his rivals.
“I just know that he [Van Gerwen] is a rhythm player and I’m going to put off Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen because they’re not going to be at the board every two seconds.
“But come on, I’ve worked hard all my life, from local league darts, right to the top of the Premier League now. Just give me a little bit of respect. I sit top of the Premier League and I sit very very proud.”
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