Clinical Cross breaks continental duck with European Championship success
Rob Cross clinched his third major title and brought his European duck to an unprecedented termination as he lifted the European Championship in Gottingen.
Four times has Cross came out second best on the European Tour, as well as losing out to Michael van Gerwen in the European Championship final two years ago, but he convincingly scuppered that unwanted record, beating Gerwyn Price 11-6 in the final.
A comfortable first round victory over Darren Webster, followed by a 10-7 second round conquest of Joe Cullen placed Cross well in contention.
He then began an intense, gruelling Sunday with a convincing performance in beating his good friend and stablemate, Ricky Evans.
Cross walked all over Evans in the early stages of the quarter-final, but was forced to weather a mid-match storm from his opponent. A 99.75 average was enough for Cross to eventually prevail to the final session.
‘Voltage’ moved into the final after coming through a fairly high-quality semi-final against former World Grand Prix champion, Daryl Gurney.
A dramatic final saw Cross reign an 11-6 victor, with Price visibly distraught after a below-par performance in his first televised final since his triumph in November’s Grand Slam of Darts.
The final began with Cross breaking the throw in leg three to take a 3-2 lead in to the first break. A subsequent break of throw followed with Cross moving 7-3 clear and four legs away from securing the European title.
A further six legs were shared equally before Cross secured his third major crown and the £120,000 title on his regularly sought out double 16.
Photography: Kais Bodenseick/PDC Europe