Daryl Gurney has his eyes firmly on the prize after beating Peter Wright in a classic to reach the Betfred World Matchplay semi-finals (Gurney 4/1 – Outright Betting).

The Northern Irishman advanced with a 16-13 scoreline but that does not tell the whole story, with Wright averaging a sensational 104.57 but still unable to get the job done.

‘Superchin’ Gurney’s three-dart average of 101.86 was also a creditable effort and he is now closing in on a third televised title.

“I know I’m never going to be the best player in the world, but I’m a grafter who can beat the best players in the world,” he said.

“As usual I did it the hard way, but I’m through now and I’ve got a massive opportunity to win this title.”

The Northern Irishman must first get past England’s Rob Cross in the semi-finals, who beat compatriot Stephen Bunting 16-14 in another classic at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens (Cross 1/2, Gurney 13/8 Match Betting).

‘Voltage’ was locked together with ‘The Bullet’ at 14-14 until throwing two superb legs to take the contest and he feels experience is helping his challenge.

“I’ve learnt a lot over the last two years and I’m starting to get there now,” said the former world champion. “Hopefully there will be a happy ending for me here.”

Glen Durrant, in his first year on the PDC circuit after moving from the BDO, plays fellow Englishman Michael Smith in the other last-four encounter and is 8/11 to make the final, with ‘Bully Boy’ on offer at 11/10.

Durant is second favourite at 11/4 behind 13/8 Cross to lift the trophy, with Smith priced at 7/2 to claim a first TV title.

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