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Rob Cross secured his place in the Unibet Premier League Play-Offs with an 8-4 win over Mensur Suljovic in Sheffield on Thursday night.
The 2018 World Champion ensured that he will go into the final league night of the season top of the table, and in pole position to claim the £25,000 league leader’s bonus, after another top-class display.
He took a 3-0 lead and also finished 126 on the bullseye to move clear of the Austrian, before sealing a tenth victory of the season which dents Suljovic’s own top four hopes. James Wade moved a step closer to securing his first Play-Offs appearance since 2013 with a draw against Michael Smith.
A high-quality opening saw Wade respond to finishes of 76 and 94 from the World Championship finalist with a 144 checkout to level in leg four, only for Smith to then fire in a 128 bull combination.
Double ten in leg six saw Smith claim the first break to move 4-2 up, but his missed doubles in four of the next five allowed Wade back in to move 6-5 up. A brilliant 161 checkout from Wade saw him secure a point, but Smith took the final two legs to share the spoils.
Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price also remain in the hunt for Play-Off places following their draw, which ended with the Northern Irish ace exchanging words with the Grand Slam of Darts champion.
Price hit back from a leg down to lead 3-1, while Gurney landed a superb ten-darter as he pulled back to 4-3, before levelling after 12 legs courtesy of a 95 finish – maintaining his superb finishing record on the night.
Price then held his nerve with a 96 finish that featured double 18 and double top as he secured a point, keeping his Play-Off hopes alive, but missed double 13 for the match in a dramatic decider before Gurney took out 64 to claim the draw.
Michael van Gerwen destroyed Peter Wright 8-1 despite Wrights average of 102.29, it was no match for van Gerwen’s 110.85 who is also now guaranteed a play off spot with one week to go.
Night 15 – Thursday May 9th The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield
Michael Smith 7-7 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 4-8 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 7-7 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Peter Wright
Night 16 – Thursday May 16th First Direct Arena, Leeds
Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
James Wade v Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic
Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
Tickets: 0844 248 1585 or click here
Play-Offs – Thursday May 23rd The O2, London
Tickets: 0844 856 0202 or click here