Will Rob Cross recover in the Unibet Premier League?

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Will Rob Cross recover in the Unibet Premier League?

Rob Cross Premier League Darts 2018

It has been something of a baptism of fire for Rob Cross since being crowned the 2018 PDC World Champion. The former electrician, who upstaged Phil Taylor in the final of the 2018 World Championship, has since gone into the Unibet Premier League and experienced the gruelling weekly limelight. Cross suffered back-to-back defeats in his opening matches against Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock, with the defeat to the wily Whitlock undoubtedly the most surprising of the two results.

Peter Wright However, Cross regrouped well to win his next encounter with Peter “Snakebite” Wright, prevailing 7-4 in front of a packed crowd in Newcastle. There was an element of controversy at the end of the contest though, with Wright refusing to shake Cross’ hand. Nevertheless, the win was well deserved for Cross, who showed steel and determination to bounce back and get some points on the board for the season.

Cross’ next few matches will determine whether he can come back fully from his first two defeats to secure a place in the Premier League semi-finals. The Premier League is continuing to go from strength to strength under the sponsorship of Unibet, who are also showing an increasing interest in eSports, which is another fast-developing sports market. The Premier League is also venturing to Germany for the first time ever, with Berlin hosting a round of fixtures including Cross’ difficult duel with the unpredictable Raymond van Barneveld.

Gary AndersonIf Cross can come through the clash with Barney and the following fixture with Garry Anderson unscathed, it’s possible that he will be able to challenge for a place in the top four. “Judgement Night” will be hosted at Belfast’s SSE Arena at the end of March where all top four positions will be officially decided. Cross will face proud Northern Irishman Daryl Gurney that evening. That won’t be an easy task if he needs a victory there, given that Gurney will have the backing of the Belfast faithful. However, as one of the men to watch in 2018, Cross will relish the challenge of toppling the established pros again and prove that hard work and dedication can help you rise to the top in darts.


PDC Darts Premier League Past Winners

2017 Michael van Gerwen beat Peter Wright
11
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10
2016 Michael van Gerwen beat Phil Taylor
11
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3
2015 Gary Anderson beat Michael van Gerwen
11
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7
2014 Raymond van Barneveld beat Michael van Gerwen
10
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6
2013 Michael van Gerwen beat Phil Taylor
10
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8
2012 Phil Taylor beat Simon Whitlock
10
-
7
2011 Gary Anderson beat Adrian Lewis
10
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4
2010 Phil Taylor beat James Wade
10
-
8
2009 James Wade beat Mervyn King
13
-
8
2008 Phil Taylor beat James Wade
16
-
8
2007 Phil Taylor beat Terry Jenkins
16
-
6
2006 Phil Taylor beat Roland Scholten
16
-
6
2005 Phil Taylor beat Colin Lloyd
16
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4

 

The premier league final best of legs has changed over the years, 2005-2008 best of 31 legs, 2009 best of 25 legs, 2010-2014 best of 19 legs and 2015- Current best of 21 legs

 

 

 

 

 


 

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