As a legend steps down a new star is born: Rob Cross Wins the William Hill World Darts Championship
As a legend steps down a new star is born: Rob Cross wins the William Hill World Darts Championship
Rob Cross has won the 2018 William Hill World Darts Championship after thrashing Phil Taylor 7-2 on his debut at Alexandra Palace.
Rob Cross has lifted the 2018 William Hill World Darts Championship after thrashing Phil Taylor 7-2 on his debut at Alexandra Palace. Cross has had a fairytale but sensational opening year in his professional career and has definitely capped it with his opening world title.
Cross was working as an electrician just 16 months ago as he watched the Worlds at his home in Hastings dreaming of being a future World Champion. ‘Voltage’ was also rewarded with a cheque of £400,000, which doubled his career earnings, making the Englishman second on the 2017 One Year Order of Merit.
Cross stormed into a 3-0 lead, hitting a 167 to win the second and a 153 to win the third and many (including Phil Taylor) thought a 7-0 whitewash was on the cards. Taylor whitewashed the Hastings-based darter in set four before wiring double 12 for a nine darter in set five. Despite this, ‘Voltage’ took the set to regain his three set advantage.
Cross very quickly moved one set away from lifting the biggest trophy of his career as he went into a 6-1 lead before Taylor landed double 16 to reduce Rob’s lead to 6-2. Cross won the opening two legs in set nine before producing a stunning 140 checkout to win the William Hill World Darts Championship. ‘Voltage’ finished the final with a 107.67 average, 60% on the doubles and eleven maximums. Cross finshed tournament with 66 180s leaving the European Championship finalist just six off of Gary Anderson’s record.
Despite winning the biggest trophy of his career so far, Cross was desperate to give Phil Taylor the best possible send off as he allowed ‘The Power’ the chance to lift the trophy with him.
A huge congratulations to the one and only Rob Cross on winning the World Championships and thank you to Phil Taylor for providing with some fantastic memories and what we watch on our television screens today.
As a legend steps down a new star is born at Alexandra Palace.
William Hill World Darts Championship
Monday 1 January 2018
Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor
Photography courtesy of Lawrence Lustig and the Professional Darts Corporation.