Ian White (last updated 28/03/18)

Ian 'Diamond' White is 47 years of age and is from Stoke-on-Trent. He joined the PDC circuit in 2010 having reached the final of the News of the World Darts Championship in 1997 where he defeated Peter Manley and Andy Jenkins on the way to losing the final 2-0 against Phil Taylor.

 

During his time with the BDO, White won the Antwerp Open, Denmark Open and the English National Championship in 2009. He qualified for the 2010 BDO World Darts Championship but lost 3-0 in the first round to Stephen Bunting. Shorty after, he switched to the PDC where he reached the semi-final of a Pro Tour event in Dublin in his debut year and just missed out on a place in the 2011 PDC World Championship.

 

Since then 'White' has established himself inside the top twenty in the PDC Order of Merit and has seven Players Championship titles to his name. On the stage the quarter-finals seems to be a stumbling block having reached it in the World Championship in 2014, World Matchplay and the World Grand Prix in 2015. He has also reached the last eight in the UK Open in 2014 and 2017 and Players Championship Finals in 2013 and 2015. 

 

In 2018 White won Players Championship 6 at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, coming from 5-4 down to beat Dave Chisnall 6-5 in the final. 

 

Head-to-head

 

White is currently ranked number 13 in the PDC Order of Merit and played Rob Cross on six occasions in 2017 and once so far in 2018. The first four of those meetings in 2017 were Players Championship events. The Stokie got the better of Cross in the first two match ups, winning 6-4 and 6-3 in Barnsley and Milton Keynes. Cross then beat White for the first time in the final of Players Championship 12 in Milton Keynes in May. In a close contest Cross came through 6-5 to lift his second floor title of the year. White then won 6-4 the next time the two players met back in Barnsley in July. 

 

The next meeting was a first round tie at the BetVictor World Matchplay in Blackpool. This was a big occasion for Cross as it was the first time he had appeared on stage in front of the Sky Sports cameras. The Sky Sports presenters and commentators had all heard about the Hastings man's great start to his pro career on the floor but they all had doubts he could achieve the same level of play in front of the cameras on the big stage in a compact venue. Well, Cross did perform, maybe not to the level he could produce on the floor but a 95.72 average was enough to see off White 10-7.

 

They next met in September in the quarter-finals of the German Darts Grand Prix in Mannheim. This was another big occasion for Cross as he had failed to get past this stage in a Euro Tour event having reached it on three previous occasions but this time around an impressive 105.89 average was enough to come through 6-2. Cross went on to reach the final that day, losing out 6-4 against Michael van Gerwen. 

 

The most recent appearance was in the opening round of the Unibet Masters in Milton Keynes in January of 2018 just three weks after Cross won the world title. Cross won this one 10-3, hitting seven 180's and finishes of 167 and 105, averaging 102.08.

 

Results vs Ian White

 

Date Comp Venue Round Result Average
12/03/17 PC4 Barnsley 3R L 4-6
01/04/17 PC5 Milton Keynes 4R L 3-6
21/05/17 PC12 Milton Keynes F W 6-5 95.34
09/07/17 PC16 Barnsley 4R L 4-6 99.38
24/07/17 WM Blackpool 1R W 10-7 95.72
10/09/17 ET10 Mannheim QF W 6-2 105.89
26/01/18 UM Milton Keynes 1R W 10-3 102.08

 

Key:

PC = Players Championship

WM = BetVictor World Matchplay

ET = Euro Tour

UM = Unibet Masters

 

All Results above show Rob Cross's score first. 

The averages shown are Rob Cross's.

 

 

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