Cross wins maiden World Series crown in Brisbane

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Rob Cross picked up his first PDC World Series title in Brisbane on Sunday evening as he was crowned the Brisbane Darts Masters champion.

For Cross, It’s his first televised tournament victory since he became World Champion on January 1st. The World Champ produced an inspired display to obliterate the World no.1 Michael van Gerwen in what was an 11-6 victory for Cross.

Cross’ performance in the final highlighted how he’s been playing over the last few days. The Hastings-based star averaged 103.81 in the dominant victory over Van Gerwen. Cross was always in the driving seat in the final, and despite a superb 170 finish from Van Gerwen en route to moving 6-4 ahead, Cross managed to find another gear as he somehow managed to win SEVEN legs on-the-spin to stun the World no.1! Cross fired in NINE maximums in the victory as he left Brisbane a delighted man.

“It’s been fantastic this week, I started a bit slow but I knew what I had to do and that was take my chances,” said Cross.

“Everything will fall in place and I am a big believer in that but I am still learning I am still progressing and to get another win tonight is massive.

“To win anything these days is special because the field’s so strong,” added the world number three.

“This is a kickstart for the rest of the year and we will look to September and promising things there.”

Cross also spoke of his respect for his opponent after their clash.

“He’s the best player in the world, we all chase him. I still believe I’m a beginner, so he will be the one I am chasing anyway.”


In the Semi-Finals, Cross ran out an 11-8 victor against an on-song Peter Wright. Snakebite was firmly in the driving seat, but Cross managed to pounce and capitalise on some poor finishing from the World no.2!

Cross was always infront in the scoring stakes, and his finishing statistics were to be unrivalled by any player on the planet as he missed just four darts at a double over the 19 legs played. In comparison, Wright missed 19 darts at a double (8/27), but he had 12 more attempts at a double than Cross and a higher overall average (101.04) compared to Cross’ 95.79. The match was poised at 6-6 before Cross went on a rampage as he won 5 of the last seven legs to reach the final.

In the other Semi-Final, Michael van Gerwen squeezed his way past Raymond van Barnard in an 11-9 victory. MVG missed TEN match darts before he wrapped things up.


BRISBANE DARTS MASTERS 2018

Semi-Finals

Rob Cross 11-8 Peter Wright

Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Raymond van Barneveld

FINAL

Rob Cross 11-6 Michael van Gerwen 

Image credit : Richard Walker / PDC

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