Gurney Preparing for Finals Night. “Job is Only Half Done”.

The Northern Irishman dumped Michael Smith in Leeds last night to snatch a last-gasp place at the O2 finals night.

UNIBET PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS 2019 FIRST DIRECT ARENA , LEEDS PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG DARYL GURNEY V MICHAEL SMITH DARYL GURNEY IN ACTION

DARYL GURNEY admitted the “job is only half done” after qualifying for the Unibet Premier League finals for the first time.

Gurney progressed to the semis for the first time with an 8-3 win over 2018 finalist Michael Smith, pulling clear from two-all by winning six of the next seven legs.

He said: I’m delighted. I knew I had to win tonight and I was probably the most focused I’ve ever been. Now I’m in the Play-Offs I’ll do my best to win the title.

“As far as I’m concerned the job is only half done. Now I’ve made it this far I want to win it. I know if I can find my A-game at the O2, I’ve got the game to beat anyone.

“Last year I finished fifth and now I’ve made progress. It’s a really tough league but I’m over the moon to have come this far and made the top four.

“I must admit I would have been gutted if I’d missed out in the end. But I kept my mind clear tonight and just did my job.

“Thankfully the other results went my way and that’s all I needed. Now it’s onto the O2 and we start from zero again. The preparation for next week starts right now.”

By Phil Lanning