Rob Cross is World Champion
In his first season as a professional Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross the former electrician was crowned William Hill World Champion after an incredible display to crush Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in his finale at Alexandra Palace on New Years Day.
ROB CROSS produced the performance of his life to win the William Hill World Darts Championship with an incredible 7-2 win over Phil Taylor, as the legendary Stoke thrower ended his career in defeat at Alexandra Palace.
Taylor had been bidding to win a 17th World Championship title to end the sport’s most successful career in a blaze of glory as he prepares to move into retirement. However, Cross produced a display reminiscent of Taylor himself when he had broken through to win the 1990 World Championship with a 6-1 rout of mentor Eric Bristow as the 27-year-old completed his remarkable rise by claiming the biggest title in darts.
Cross watched last year’s World Championship final at home as he prepared to join the PDC circuit full-time, but lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy and secured the £400,000 first prize – double his career earnings to date – with an incredible display. The former electrician won the first three sets without reply, taking out 167 to win the second and 153 to claim the third as he took nine of the opening 11 legs.
Taylor hit back in the fourth with three successive legs, and then missed double 12 for a nine-darter in the opening leg of set five – only to see Cross take that leg and the set to restore his advantage. He then took the next two sets by a 3-1 scoreline to move 6-1 up as he maintained an average of 107, and though Taylor won the eighth without reply to claim his second set, Cross would not be denied as he won set nine with a 140 checkout to secure the title.
William Hill World Darts Championship
Monday January 1st 2018
(107.67) Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor (102.26)
Best of 13 sets
Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor wins the bull but gives the throw to Rob Cross, who will throw first
First Set (1-0)
1-0 – Cross holds throw with a solid 84 outshot on a 14-dart leg to start the final. 1-1 – Taylor responds with a 14-darter of his own as Cross suffers two bounce outs! 2-1 – Cross hits TWO 180s in the leg as he takes it in just 12 darts. 3-1 – Taylor hits a 180 but misses two doubles allowing Cross to pinch a break for the set.
Second Set (2-0)
1-0 – A 180 for Cross helps him to a second successive break of the Taylor throw. 2-0 – Tidy 68 checkout from Cross doubles his advantage in the set. 2-1 – A second 180 of the match and tops finish gets Taylor on the board. 3-1 – Special darts from Cross as he takes out 167 on the Bull for the set.
Third Set (3-0)
1-0 – No let up from Cross as he hits another maximum to kick off with a hold. 2-0 – A fifth 180 of the match and an 11-darter from Cross for a break. 3-0 – Astonishing darts from Cross as he takes out 153 for the set.
Fourth Set (3-1)
0-1 – Cross hits a 180 but Taylor takes out 151 – vintage Taylor but it’s all just to hold throw. 0-2 – Taylor backs up that amazing finish with a 14-dart break of throw. 0-3 – Third straight leg for Taylor as he cleans up 80 to get a set on the board.
Fifth Set (4-1)
1-0 – Incredible! Taylor just misses double 12 for a NINE-DARTER, but then loses the leg as Cross takes out 83. 2-0 – Cross now backs up that leg with an 11-darter to break. 3-0 – Just a standard 14-darter for Cross, with an eighth 180 thrown in.
Sixth Set (5-1)
1-0 – Relentless Cross hits a 180 and another 11 darter to start the set. 2-0 – Yet another maximum for Cross and this time a 13-dart leg. 2-1 – Taylor hits a 80 of his own and a 123 finish to hold throw. 3-1 – This time it’s 14 darts for Cross who takes out 84 for the set.
Seventh Set (6-1)
1-0 – Cross hasn’t missed D18 yet – he nails it again to take out 56 and a 13-darter. 1-1 – A 13-darter from Taylor with a 180 but yet again on his own throw. 2-1 – An 11th 180 for Cross helps him go ahead.
Eighth Set (6-2)
0-1 – Cross actually misses a couple of doubles for once – Taylor doesn’t. 0-2 – A 180 and a 12-darter for Taylor in a rare break of the Cross throw. 0-3 – Another two missed doubles from Cross as Taylor takes the set.
Ninth Set (7-2)
1-0 – 13 darts is all it takes for Cross to go ahead. 2-0 – Back-to-back 13 darters takes it despite a Taylor 180. 3-0 – He’s done it! An amazing finish as Cross takes out 140 to win it in style – incredible darts!