Why Rob Cross and Joe Cullen will have one eye on World Championship semi-finals
Four players remain in the reckoning for World Darts Championship glory at Alexandra Palace, but Rob Cross and Joe Cullen will have one eye on how events transpire.
Following the sport’s showpiece staging, the new darting season gets underway, with plenty of tournaments on the horizon, including the popular Premier League extravaganza.
Cross, who defeated both Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen on his way to lifting the trophy three years ago, is currently situated fourth in the world rankings.
Should the former world champion remain fourth on the PDC Order of Merit, he will be guaranteed Premier League involvement for a fourth year in succession.
Nevertheless, a semi-final win for Dave Chisnall will mean the multiple-time major champion leapfrogs Cross in the standings, and therefore secures his Premier League return.
Gary Anderson and Stephen Bunting can also jump above Cross in the rankings, should they scoop the £500,000 winner’s prize at the World Championship on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, Cullen, who missed two match darts to oust world number one Michael van Gerwen and reach the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace, will also be watching on with eager eyes.
Cullen is provisionally positioned 16th in the post-World Championship rankings, with Bunting having the opportunity to overtake him should he deny Gerwyn Price in the semi-finals.
‘The Rockstar’ is currently in the final tentative place ahead of a potential third consecutive appearance at the upcoming Masters, though, Bunting will be vying to end his two-year absence.
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