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World Matchplay: Joe Cullen sees off Daryl Gurney to book semi-final spot at Winter Gardens

Joe Cullen admitted he feels like he 'can win the tournament' after securing his spot in the World Matchplay semi-final.

Joe Cullen produced a 142 checkout against Daryl Gurney on his way to becoming the first player through to the Betfred World Matchplay semi-finals on Thursday night. 

Former Masters champion Cullen beat Gurney 16-11 in the best of 31 legs to secure a maiden appearance in the last four at the Winter Gardens.
Cullen, who edged out Gerwyn Price in a second-round thriller, averaged 97.11 and threw eight 180s on his way to victory.
After Cullen raced into a 5-0 lead, Gurney started to fight back and a 132 checkout reduced the deficit to 8-5, but Cullen responded to take out 142.
Two 13-dart finishes later in the match ensured it was Cullen who was victorious and he will face Nathan Aspinall in Blackpool on Saturday for a place in the final.
"It feels great, but I am the same as the other six players left. I feel like I can win the tournament, but it is showing it on the day," Cullen told Betfred.
"I feel like I am good enough, as are the other players left, but it is all about showing it on the day.
"You could be rubbish the whole year, but if you find a good week here, you can write your name into history and that is what I am trying to do."

Photo Credit: Taylor Lanning/PDC

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