Rob Cross Wins European Championship, His Third Major Title Of Career

Rob Cross Wins European Championship, His Third Major Title Of Career

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Rob Cross picked up the third major title of his career last weekend when he beat Gerwyn Price 11-6 in the final of the European Championship in Gottingen, Germany. Previously, the 2018 PDC world champion was runner-up in the Premier League and UK Open before winning the esteemed World Matchplay in Blackpool in July.

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Earlier on Sunday Voltage saw off both Ricky Evans and Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney before playing out a fairly routine win against a disappointing Iceman. A seemingly subdued Price was never really in the final past the earlier sets and once Cross had established a two leg lead, the result was really only ever heading one way.

How it happeneed

Cross landed five 180s and averaged 93.12 compared to Price’s lacklustre 84.51, allowing Voltage to break a four-match losing streak against Price, who for the first time, seemed to wilt in front of the crowd’s boos which normally inspire him.

In fairness to the Welshman, he may simply have been exhausted given the grueling shift he had put in in order to battle and overcome both Vincent van der Voort and Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith earlier in the day.

As for Voltage, he’ll now head into the remaining majors – this week’s World Series of Darts Finals, Grand Slam of Darts, Players Championship Finals and the World Championship – in good shape and good spirits, which will please his fans.

World Series of Darts Finals 2019 Betting Tips

This week sees the World Series of Darts Finals at the AFAS Live in Amsterdam from November 1-3. Following Saturday’s second round, the tournament concludes across two sessions on Sunday, with the afternoon’s quarter-finals followed by the decisive evening session, which will include the semi-finals and final.

Draw wise, US Masters champion Nathan Aspinall will play Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski in the first round, with the winner to face Daryl Gurney. German Masters finalist Gabriel Clemens will take on Jermaine Wattimena, before one of them will play Dutch legend and five-time World champion Raymond van Barneveld in what will be his final televised event in the Netherlands ahead of retirement.

World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall plays Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock, while Mensur Suljovic will play Aussie Kyle Anderson, who could later meet up with school mate Damon Heta. Ian White meets Ricky Evans, with both hoping to meet Peter Wright next and an all-Dutch tie pits Danny Noppert against Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Three-time champion Michael van Gerwen leads the 24-player field in an event that is the climax of the five international World Series of Darts events held worldwide in July and August.

James Wade
is the defending champion and is rated by Betway at 22/1 to defend his title. Mighty Michael van Gerwen is unsurprisingly the 11/8 favourite to win yet another TV title, this one in his homeland, so will be in confident mood. The Machine, who beat Michael Smith in last year’s final, will play either Wayne Jones or Jonny Clayton as the number one seeds enter into proceedings on Day Two.

Recently-crowned European champion Rob Cross is next in the running at 7/1 while Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is 8/1 ahead of 10/1 shot Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson.

Both Daryl Gurney and last week’s runner up Gerwyn Price are priced at 16/1, while you can get 20/1 on both Dave Chisnall and Mensur Suljovic, also at Betway.


AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Hollland
Dates: Friday November 1 2019 – Sunday November 3 2019
Format: Best of 11, 19 & 21
Current Champion: James Wade
Where To Watch: ITV 4
When To Watch: (1300, 1900 GMT)

Friday November 1 (1900 GMT)

First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Wayne Jones v Jonny Clayton
  • Ricky Evans v Ian White
  • Kyle Anderson v Mensur Suljovic
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Nathan Aspinall
  • Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
  • Dave Chisnall v Simon Whitlock
  • Danny Noppert v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Gabriel Clemens
  • Saturday November 2 (1900 GMT)
  • Second Round (Best of 11 legs)

Saturday November 2 (1900 GMT)

  • James Wade v Jones/Clayton
  • Damon Heta v K Anderson/Suljovic
  • Daryl Gurney v Ratajski/Aspinall
  • Michael van Gerwen v Smith/Price
  • Peter Wright v Evans/White
  • Gary Anderson v Noppert/De Zwaan
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Wattimena/Clemens
  • Rob Cross v Chisnall/Whitlock

Sunday November 3

  • Quarter-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
  • Semi-Finals (Best of 21 legs)
  • Final (Best of 21 legs)
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James Wade Wins European Championship Final

James Wade Wins European Championship Final

James Wade European Championship

It’s been almost a five-year wait, but last week James Wade won his latest major PDC televised title when he beat Simon Whitlock in the European Championship final. Playing at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany, The Machine claimed his eighth career major after a 11-8 victory, his first since he won The Masters in 2014.

His opponent on Sunday night, Australia’s Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock, was himself looking to end a barren spell having last smelled victory in this very tournament back in 2012. Whitlock, who earlier saw off Peter Wright, was playing in his seventh major final and first since the 2017 World Grand Prix.

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A recap of the European Championship final

The Wizard initially showed good form in the early stages where he found himself 3-1 up after four legs. However, 35-year-old Wade bounced back to level the game at 3-3. Things remained even all the way through to the ninth leg from where a breakthrough was finally staged as Wade reeled off three in a row thanks to a pair of 13-darters to claim his long-awaited victory.

Hampshire’s Jasmes Wade averaged 91.44 compared to Whitlock’s 88.81, hitting the most 180s through the match, landing five to Whitlock’s three. Both players came into the final fresh on the backs of their own remarkable comebacks against Max Hopp, who knocked out Rob Cross in the previous round, and Joe Cullen.

In Simon Whitlock’s case, he came back from the jaws of defeat to clinch a last-minute victory against Cullen, winning 11-10. The Machine, on the other hand, trailed 7-3 and 10-8 to Hopp before winning three legs on the trot to book his place in the final.

It was The Machine’s fourth major TV final appearance of 2018 having previously disappointed at this year’s UK Open, World Matchplay and World Grand Prix. It seems like a long time since the 2007 – 2010 days when The Machine won the World Matchplay, Premier League and two World Grand Prix’s and the first of his two UK Open wins.

Wade will now turn attention to regaining his place in the Premier League line-up for 2019, starting with showing good form in the upcoming World Championships in December for which he is currently an outright price of 40/1 at Betway.

Already on the back of their run to the final last weekend, James Wade and Simon Whitlock have become the latest players to seal their spots at the Grand Slam of Darts, which takes place in November at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton. Other players have a final chance to win automatic qualification for the event in this weekend’s World Series of Darts Finals in Vienna.

2018 World Series of Darts Finals betting tips

The World Series of Darts Finals will get underway on Friday at the Multiversum, Schwechat in Vienna. Michael van Gerwen is the unsurprising favourite at 4/5, while Peter Wright — who will face either Gerwyn Price (50/1) or Hong Kong’s Royden Lam (250/1) in the second round — is third in the betting at 7/1, just behind Gary Anderson’s 11/2. Rob Cross can be picked up at 10/1 while the popular outside choice is again Mensur Suljovic, who will also be both the home favourite and my pick for victory while he’s currently worth 16/1 with Betway.

Following his run to the final a week ago, Simon Whitlock is available at 40’s and could potentially face either Steve Beaton (100/1) or Daryl Gurney, also priced at 40/1. James Wade, fresh from victory in Germany, moves in at 33/1, while Dave Chisnall is there for those that want him valued at 40/1, one out in the betting from Michael Smith’s 25/1. All prices are provided by Betway.

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Krzysztof Ratajski Wins Players Championship In Barnsley

Krzysztof Ratajski Wins Players Championship In Barnsley

Krzysztof Ratajski Wins Player Championship

The Players Championship (22) took place in Barnsley last Sunday, where the event was taken down by Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski. To clinch the victory, Ratajski beat two-time world champion Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis 6-4 in the final. The win came after sweeping his matches on Saturday. On Sunday, Ratajski upped his game considerably on Sunday as he faced tougher competition than he came across one day earlier.

On Sunday, his 6-4 win over Daryl Gurney was followed by a 6-4 quarter-final victory at the expense of Michael Smith before inflicting defeat by the same scoreline on Kyle Anderson in the semis. In contrast, his opponents on the Saturday were Cameron Menzies, Zoran Lerchbacher and Terry Temple.

In the final, both players held throw for the initial four sets before Jackpot provided the slip that would let the Pole in. As Lewis missed three darts at double top that would have otherwise given him a break of throw, Ratajski moved in for the kill, punishing the sloppy Potter by landing his own double 16. From here, Lewis took out 97 for the following set only to see his opponent hit double 16 once more to go 4-3 ahead. Lewis leveled immediately after Ratajski landed his favourite double 16 to move within a leg of victory, before hitting the same double to clinch the title.

2018 European Championship Darts betting tips

This October 25 through 28, the Darts European Championship will take place at Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle in Germany. This means that four-time defending champion Michael van Gerwen will head up a 32-player field that also includes Mensur Suljovic, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Michael Smith, Dave Chisnall and Daryl Gurney. Gary Anderson is the notable absentee after he opted against competing in this year’s European Tour.

The 11th staging of the event will be televised live on ITV 4 and, again, Mighty Mike will be the red hot favourite to win it for what will be the fifth time in a row. Betway’s price on the imperial Dutchman and world number one to come away with the title is 4/5. The same online bookmaker values Mensur Suljovic at 15/2, while Peter Wright has a best price of 9/1 on his head.

For those that fancy Rob Cross, you can pick up the 12’s on his head or go further down the line and opt for Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith and jump on the 18/1 price Betway is offering. Daryl Gurney is available at 22/1, James Wade 25/1 and Adrian Lewis 33/1, but I personally wouldn’t look past the top two favourites here. Let’s select either MVG as the obvious inevitable winner or Gentle Mensur to make things a little bit more interesting.

European Championship: draw & tournament bracket

Thursday October 25: First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Michael van Gerwen v (32) Paul Nicholson
  • (16) Steve West v (17) Mervyn King
  • (8) Simon Whitlock v (25) Steve Beaton
  • (9) Peter Wright v (24) Jermaine Wattimena
  • (5) Joe Cullen v (28) Jelle Klaasen
  • (12) Michael Smith v (21) Steve Lennon
  • (4) Ian White v (29) Richard North
  • (13) Rob Cross v (20) Danny Noppert
  • Mensur Suljovic v (31) Cristo Reyes
  • (15) Darren Webster v (18) Stephen Bunting
  • (7) Max Hopp v (26) William O’Connor
  • (10) Jonny Clayton v (23) James Wilson
  • (6) James Wade v (27) Martin Schindler
  • (11) Daryl Gurney v (22) Ricky Evans
  • Gerwyn Price v (30) Kyle Anderson
  • (14) Adrian Lewis v (19) Dave Chisnall
  • Steve West v Mervyn King
  • Ian White v Richard North
  • Simon Whitlock v Steve Beaton
  • Michael Smith v Steve Lennon
  • Joe Cullen v Jelle Klaasen
  • Michael van Gerwen v Paul Nicholson
  • Rob Cross v Danny Noppert
  • Peter Wright v Jermaine Wattimena

Friday October 26: Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Jonny Clayton v James Wilson
  • Darren Webster v Stephen Bunting
  • Gerwyn Price v Kyle Anderson
  • Mensur Suljovic v Cristo Reyes
  • Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans
  • Max Hopp v William O’Connor
  • James Wade v Martin Schindler
  • Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
  • Cullen/Klaasen v Smith/Lennon
  • Whitlock/Beaton v Wright/Wattimena
  • White/North v Cross/Noppert
  • Van Gerwen/Nicholson v West/King

Saturday October 27

  • Price/Anderson v Lewis/Chisnall
  • Suljovic/Reyes v Webster/Bunting
  • Wade/Schindler v Gurney/Evans
  • Hopp/O’Connor v Clayton/Wilson

Sunday October 28

  • Quarter-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
  • Semi-Finals (Best of 21 legs)
  • Final (Best of 21 legs)
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