Published: 26/12/2017 23:08 - Updated: 26/12/2017 23:25

John Henderson ready for World Championship round three clash

Written byJosh Green

Huntly’s John Henderson shook the darting world with a victory over World number four Daryl Gurney to book his place in round three of the PDC World Darts Championships.

Henderson now faces English rival Rob Cross, seeded 20, in the last 16 of the televised competition in the Thursday afternoon session from 12.30pm.

Many had fancied the Northern Irishman Gurney for the title, but Henderson ran away 4-2 winner as he produced one of his best television performances of the year.

Hendo took the advantage, overturning his favoured opponent as he took the first set 3-2. Gurney would steal the opening two legs, before Henderson got out of first gear and started finding the trebles.

He drew level on tops before Gurney missed a set dart, leaving the door wide open to Henderson steal the lead.

Big bad John would doubled his cushion as Gurney’s head dropped. A shanghai 120 checkout got him on the board, before a spectacular 121 put him in control. Gurney had a short-lived revival in the set, before Henderson landed tops for the set.

Some slack scoring from Hendo allowed Gurney back into the contest. The Northern Irishman capitalizing on three missed darts at double to half the deficit.

Gurney, who won his first major title earlier in the year, levelled proceedings as he closed out the fourth set 3-1. As Hendo’s rhythm disappeared, Gurney started finding his scoring power, and he was able to make the match all square.

A revitalized Henderson edged ahead once again as he took set five. A bounce out on double eight proved costly for Gurney as Henderson swooped on double 12 to steal the set.

Henderson completed the Alexandra Palace shock as he collected the sixth set to book his place in the last 16. A 4-2 winner with a 96 average to his name, if the Highlander can keep up this form there is no telling where he will finish.

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