Euro Tour 10 

Friday 8th September 2017 - Sunday 10th September 2017

Number 14 seed, Rob Cross made it all the way to his first Euro Tour Final with wins against Jan Dekker (6-3), Mensur Suljovic (6-2), Ian White (6-2) and Benito van de Pas (6-3).

 

In each of the rounds leading up to the final Cross averaged over a 100. 103.81 against Dekker, 109.10 against Suljovic, 105.89 against White and 102.87 against Van de Pas.

 

In the final Cross lost out to world number one Michael van Gerwen who averaged 111.03 as he beat the Sussex man 6-3. 

 

The win against Dekker included some sharp finishing from the Hastings man, taking out 150 (T19, T19, D18) in leg two and 104 (T18, 18, D16) in leg three to open up an early three-nil lead. The opening leg was won in 17 darts and the next two in 15 each. 

 

Dekker then held throw in 17 darts to trail 3-1. Cross then closed out the fifth leg in 13 darts that included his first 180 of the match. 

 

Although holding a 4-1 lead, three scores of 140 were not enough for Cross to get a poke at the double in the next as his Dutch opponent hit 140, 180, 140 and took out 41 in two darts to get his second leg on the board.

 

Cross then kicked off the next leg with another 140 and finished it in 15 with a third finish over a ton. This time it was 112 (T20, 20, D16).

 

Dekker won the eighth leg in 17 darts then both players started the ninth leg with maximums. Cross checked out on 84 (16, 18, bull) for a 12 darter to claim victory. Cross hit three 180's in this match. Dekker hit two 180's and averaged 97.97.

 

In his post match interview on stage Cross said he felt comfortable and was happy with the way he was hitting his doubles in the match considering he is using new darts.

 

In the Third Round match against Suljovic the first four legs were shared with Cross winning legs one and three in 13 darts apiece. The Austrian won leg two in 18 darts and leg four in 13 darts.

 

Cross then took out 75 (17, 18, D20) in a 15 dart fifth leg to go back in front before breaking throw with a 12 darter, finishing on 87 (17, T20, D5) after hitting scores of 100, 180 and 134.

 

The former electrician then held throw to go 5-2 up with an 11 dart leg, scoring 180, 133 and 140 then taking out 48 (16, D16).

 

The eighth leg of the match proved to be the last as Cross took out double nine for a 15 darter that included his fourth maximum of the match. Suljovic hit three 180's and averaged 91.22.

 

Cross started well in the Quarter-Final match up against White by taking out double four in a 14 dart leg. White responded by hitting double top to level at 1-1 in 15 darts. Cross then held throw by hitting double three in a 13 dart leg with White back on 214.

 

Cross then broke throw with a 15 darter by taking out 116 (T20, 20, D18) then his Stokie opponent broke straight back in 11 darts with scores of 180, 100, 180 and taking out 41.

 

Another break of throw restored a two leg advantage for 'Voltage' as he hit double ten in another 15 dart leg. Cross then held throw in 15 darts by pinning double one and broke again in just 12 darts with scores of 131, 100, 140 and taking out 130 (T20, T20, D5) to seal a place in his first Euro Tour Semi-Final. Cross hit four 180's with White hitting six and averaging 96.14.

 

In the Semi-Final tie against Van de Pas the Dutchman managed to break Cross's throw in the opening leg, taking out 108 (18, T18, D18) for a 15 darter only for the PDC rookie to break straight back with the first of two eleven darters, taking out 84 (T16, D18) after scores of 180, 97 and 140. 

 

Cross then held throw with a 14 dart leg before Van de Pas levelled at 2-2 with a 19 darter. The Sussex man then won the next two legs in 17 and 15 darts to open up a 4-2 lead before his second 11 darter put him one leg away from the Final. Scores of 81, 180 and 140 setting up a 100 (T20, D20) finish.

 

Van de Pas then won the eighth leg in 13 darts before Cross booked his place in the Final with an 84 (16, 18, Bull) finish for a 15 darter.

 

The first six legs of the Final against Van Gerwen all went with throw. Cross took out double eight for a 15 dart opener then Van Gerwen replied with a 12 darter, scoring 134, 100 and 140 then checking out on 127 (T20, T17, D8). 

 

Cross then checked out on 111 (T20, 19, D16) for another 15 dart leg then Van Gerwen took out double top for a 13 darter. The next two legs were won with 18 dart legs, Cross hitting double five and Van Gerwen double sixteen.

 

The Dutchman then broke throw for the first time in the match with an eleven dart leg, hitting 180, 140, 105 and checking out on 76 (T20, D8). He then won the next two legs for victory with finishes of 101 (T19, 12, D16) and 110 (T20, 18, D16). Those legs being won in 12 and 15 darts.

 

Cross averaged 93.88 in the final.

 

Cross won £10,000 in prize money for making the final.