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

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

rob cross european championship

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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Rob Cross Wins 2019 World Matchplay Darts

Rob Cross Wins 2019 World Matchplay Darts

Rob Cross World Matchplay Darts

Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross picked up his second ever major title on Sunday when he beat Michael Smith 18-13 in the final of the World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool. The 2018 world champion has now landed the two biggest prizes in the sport, becoming only the ninth ever winner of the Matchplay and the fourth player to win both, despite having only turned professional three years ago.

The final was another low-quality affair with Smith starting poorly and allowing Voltage to race into a huge 9-0 lead, threatening Blackpool’s biggest ever final victory when in 2009 Phil Taylor destroyed Terry Jenkins 16-4.

A look back at Cross’s 2019 World Matchplay Darts win

While this wasn’t the fitting climax that what was otherwise an excellent week’s darts, the crowd were soon to be suitably entertained as another epic comeback was on the cards. When Bully Boy finally got his first leg on the board, he was greeted with a chorus of ironic cheers before clawing the match back to 11-4.

Bully Boy managed to stop Cross running away with an uncontested – if inevitable – victory by landing a 147 checkout plus legs of 12, 13 and 12 to follow. Following the break, Smith managed to land an 11-darter which reduced the deficit still further to 14-11. A brilliant save from Cross, checking out from 110 when Smith had only 16 left, in the next helped to nip Smith’s momentum though. Had Bully Boy got the chance to shot for the 16 and pin it, perhaps that would have been the pivotal point of the contest.

Still, Smith managed to close the gap on his own throw to within two legs, and finally enjoying themselves, the Winter Gardens crowd began cheering Voltage’s six missed doubles. Smith, though, also wasted five of his own before pinning tops for a 20-darter that brought the game to as close as it would ever get. From here, Cross closed out the match and the title by taking down the next three legs, albeit surviving multiple bullseye shots from Smith.

Cross had himself needed to stage a dramatic comeback only 24 hours earlier against Daryl Gurney when he found himself 13-7 down only to win 17-15. In turn, what had been a great week of darts also saw Gurney star in a quarter-final epic against Peter Wright in which Superchin came out on top in a 13-16 thriller.

In the other semi-final, 28-year-old Smith, who is still seeking his first major title, saw off the challenge of MVG slayer Glen Durrant 17-10. The Bully Boy keeps on coming close and the 2018 Premier League, 2018 World Series of Darts Finals and 2019 World Championship runner-up is now 14/1 to go one better and win the World Championship of Darts at the Ally Pally, which starts in December.

For Voltage, he is celebrating his first title of any kind since the Brisbane Darts Masters in August last year. Since then, he has finished second to Nathan Aspinall at the UK Open and again to Michael van Gerwen in the Darts Premier League, a win that would have seen him complete the Triple Crown of Darts if he had beaten the Dutchman. Naturally, Mighty Mike is in the elite group of players to have won the Triple Crown of Darts that also includes Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson.

For now though, he can enjoy being in the same esteemed company of those who have collected the top two trophies in darts. What’s more, is that he would be the second quickest to have achieved such a feat having taken only three seasons to do so. Phil Taylor, who Cross beat in the 2018 World championship final -– a match that was Taylor’s last professional appearance — managed to achieve both titles within two years but it took Michael van Gerwen eight and Gary Anderson ten.

World Matchplay Most Titles

  • Phil Taylor (16)
  • Michael van Gerwen (2)
  • Rod Harrington (2)
  • Gary Anderson (1)
  • Larry Butler (1)
  • Peter Evison (1)
  • Colin Lloyd (1)
  • James Wade (1)
  • Rob Cross (1)

A look at World Darts Championship

At Betway, they still consider Michael van Gerwen to be the favourite for the World Darts Championships at the end of the year, putting an 11/8 price on his head. Value has been lost on Rob Cross though as his recent win draws his price into a still pretty decent 15/2. Gary Anderson is 9/1 to pick up his third ever World Championship, while Peter Wright is worth 12/1. Current BDO World Champion, Glen Durrant is available at 16/1, Nathan Aspinall 25/1 and Gerwyn Price 28/1. James Wade can be picked up for the same price, while Daryl Gurney is 33/1. Others, including 65-year-old Singapore star Paul Lim, who qualified through a PDC Asian Tour event over the weekend, are available at Betway.

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Michael van Gerwen And Rob Cross Keep Up The Heat In Liverpool

Michael van Gerwen And Rob Cross Keep Up The Heat In Liverpool

Rob Cross Wins again in Darts Premier League

Michael van Gerwen
kept up the pressure on top of the table Rob Cross, after hammering Michael Smith 8-3 at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on Thursday night. Mighty Mike averaged 109.11 in a contest that was a repeat of last year’s final and soon, racinginto a 4-0 lead. Smith finally entered the contest in the fifth, striking back with the first of two 12-darters, the second of which only came after MVG had collected an additional two legs for himself. There was one more leg for Bull Boy before MVG sealed the win with checkouts from 76 and 80 to keep the heat on Cross before their top of the table clash this week.

A Recap of Night 11

It’s Voltage who remains in first place after defeating Peter Wright 8-5 despite suffering from a recent bout of tonsillitis. Having pulled out of Sunday’s Players Championship event, there were fears that the Hastings thrower would also miss out in Liverpool. These concerns proved unfounded, much to Snakebite’s misfortune, who now finds himself one off the bottom. Cross averaged 102, the eighth time in 11 matches that he has recorded a three figure average, while Wright banked just over 100. Cross took out 140 as he marched into a 3-0 lead and before long found himself up 6-2 after he finished with 105. Snakebite threatened a comeback by taking three of the next four legs before Voltage sealed victory with an 11-darter. The 2018 World Champion has now won seven out of his last eight games to retain his cushion ahead of Michael van Gerwen as he moves closer to securing a playoff spot.

Gerwyn Price moved into a playoff position after leapfrogging Mensur Suljovic in a poor quality affair in which neither player averaged higher than 90. Hitting just two maximums each and failing to produce a checkout above 100 between them, this scrappy match was one to forget. Stretching his unbeaten run to three, The Iceman won’t be too bothered as The Gentle’s challenge begins to fade after a poor couple of weeks for the Austrian who was this week shot down 8-5. After falling behind 3-0, Suljovic struck back with four legs on the trot before Price reeled off four of his own. Then they split the final two legs to give the Welshman the points.

Third place in the table belongs to James Wade after he bagged a point courtesy of a 7-7 draw with Daryl Gurney. The Machine was forced to fight back from two down on three separate occasions when at 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3. But after hanging in the game he looked the more likely to emerge victorious as Gurney needed to take the decider to draw level, something he achieved with a superb 10-darter. Wade averaged 90 compared to 104 from Superchin, who will regret his eight missed doubles in one leg while ahead 5-3. That was where the game turned as Wade took three legs on the spin before Gurney hit back with an impressive 11-darter.

Premier League Darts Betting Tips – Week 12

Following his draw with James Wade, Daryl Gurney has continued to stutter in recent weeks but should get back to his winning ways this week in Cardiff. Superchin lines up against Mensur Suljovic, who came off worse in a scrappy match last time out against Gerwyn Price. Neither player is currently in the top four, and in truth neither look as though they will be unless they find form and soon. There are only five weeks remaining, but going by past results, Suljovic has lost both Premier League meetings with Gurney, a record that will likely be stretched to three.

Match two is the big one, Michael van Gerwen versus Rob Cross in a meeting of the top two. Mighty Mike is unbeaten in four matches and easily pushed aside Michael Smith last week. If anything, it was MVG’s best performance in the league so far this year, which is good timing as he takes on Voltage who is also in the form of his life right now. Overall, Cross has a poor record against Van Gerwen, save for the 2018 World championship semi-final. The Dutchman has won 13 of their 16 meetings, winning all four of their Premier League showdowns, so the smart money goes on him.

Next out are Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith with The Iceman expected to bully the Bully Boy in front of his home crowd. The Welsh former rugby player has responded to a run of three straight defeats with a three match unbeaten run, including almost toppling MVG a fortnight ago and beating Suljovic last week. Smith, on the other hand, has been poor all year and is now a point adrift at the bottom of the table. Last year’s runner-up has won 12 of their last 17 matches, but Price is in form and will, for once, be cheered by an enthusiastic home crowd in Wales.

The night’s final action sees James Wade take on beat Peter Wright who has struggled badly in the Premier League this season. Wade, third on leg difference, shouldn’t have any need to worry here as the real Pete Wright is still yet to stand up and it will soon be too late. Away from the Premier League, Snakebite’s form has been superb, claiming three PDC titles in eight days, but the league is the big thing in darts right now and there his form has been appalling. The same thing can’t be said about The Machine who will fancy his chances of banking a win here and so do we.

This week’s Betway Darts Premier League acca is as follows; Daryl Gurney, Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and James Wade which pays at 20.87/1.

  • (13/8) Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney (6/5)
  • (100/30) Rob Cross v Michael van Gerwen (4/7)
  • (6/5) Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price (13/8)
  • (6/4) Peter Wright v James Wade (13/10)


Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Dates: Thursday 18.04.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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