In-form Rob Cross secures maiden ProTour title at Players Championship Three

Cross in action during the UK Open (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rob Cross continued his rapid rise to prominence by claiming his first PDC ProTour title with a 6-5 victory over Mervyn King in the final in Barnsley on Saturday.

Cross, whose Challenge Tour exploits in 2016 earned him a full Tour Card for this season, maintained the form which led him to be a seed at the recent UK Open by going the distance on a memorable day at the Barnsley Metrodome.

The Sussex star kick-started his run with a superb victory over recent tour event winner Alan Norris, before defeating Max Hopp and Richie Burnett to reach the Last 16.

There, he saw off Jamie Caven 6-4, before dispatching five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld by the same scoreline.

Cross then surpassed his run to the Semi-Finals of UK Open Qualifier 5 by edging out UK Open runner-up Gerwyn Price in a decider from 3-1 down to move through to the final.

The final proved a cagey affair as the duo traded early breaks of throw, and though Cross missed match darts in leg ten, he held firm to deny King in the decider and land the £10,000 top prize.

King's run to the final was his first since the 2014 European Grand Prix and saw him overcomes the likes of Brian Woods, Jeffrey de Graaf and ninth seed James Wade.

He followed that with two impressive performances, firstly in a 6-1 win over Martin Schindler and then a 6-2 victory over Ritchie Edhouse.

In the Semi-Finals, he faced Steve West - the man he defeated in the 2017 World Championship - and had to dig deep to secure a 6-5 win from 4-2 behind.

World number one Michael van Gerwen came unstuck against Ireland's William O’Connor in a shock Third Round exit, while two-time World Champion Gary Anderson was beaten by in-form Daryl Gurney and a resurgent Paul Nicholson stunned newly crowned UK Open Champion Peter Wright. 

Kim Huybrechts also had a memorable day in Barnsley as he fired in a nine-dart finish in his opening match against Sven Groen before being put to the sword by Jamie Caven in the following round.

Players Championship Three 2017 Results

Saturday March 11

First Round 

Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Joe Murnan
Scott Darbyshire 6-5 Matthew Edgar
Christian Kist 6-3 John Jnr Norman
William O'Connor 6-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
Andy Jenkins 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Ritchie Edhouse 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Cristo Reyes 6-5 Vincent Kamphuis
John Michael 6-3 Ricky Evans
Ian White 6-5 Haruki Muramatsu
Martin Schindler 6-1 Kirk Shepherd
Ronny Huybrechts 6-1 Wes Newton
Dimitri van den Bergh 6-3 Ronnie Baxter
James Wade 6-2 Colin Roelofs
Matt Clark 6-1 Paul Rowley
Mervyn King 6-2 Brian Woods
Jeffrey de Graaf 6-4 Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Andy Parsons
Peter Hudson 6-2 Ryan Palmer
Darren Webster 6-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
John Henderson 6-1 Maik Langendorf
Jelle Klaasen 6-3 Mick McGowan
Mark Webster 6-5 Stuart Kellett
Steve West 6-4 Jan Dekker
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Keegan Brown
Benito van de Pas 6-2 Simon Stevenson
Ted Evetts 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse
Jamie Lewis 6-4 Robbie Green
James Richardson 6-4 Tony Newell
Michael Smith 6-1 Harry Robinson
Jamie Bain 6-4 Aden Kirk
Steve Beaton 6-5 Ryan Searle
Simon Preston 6-3 Ross Twell
Peter Wright 6-1 Berry van Peer
Paul Nicholson 6-2 Stephen Burton
Darron Brown 6-5 Josh Payne
Warrick Scheffer 6-4 Ron Meulenkamp
Joe Cullen 6-2 Kevin Painter
Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Mark Barilli
Kyle Anderson 6-1 Bryan de Hoog
Shaun Griffiths 6-4 Mark Walsh
Rob Cross 6-2 Alan Norris
Max Hopp 6-4 Chris Quantock
Robert Thornton 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Richie Burnett 6-5 Richie Corner
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Sven Groen - *Huybrechts hits a nine-darter*
Jamie Caven 6-3 Terry Temple
James Wilson 6-3 Matthew Dennant
Steve Lennon 6-4 Mickey Mansell
Steve Hine 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Jimmy Hendriks 6-5 Terry Roach
Justin Pipe 6-1 John Bowles
Ricky Williams 6-5 Dennis Smith
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Jim Brown
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Andy Boulton
Chris Dobey 6-2 Ray Campbell
Richard North 6-5 David Pallett
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Mike De Decker
Jonathan Worsley 6-5 Lee Bryant
Jermaine Wattimena 6-0 Antonio Alcinas
Dirk van Duijvenbode 6-4 Vincent van der Voort
Gary Anderson 6-1 Adam Hunt
Darren Johnson 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Robert Owen
Mick Todd 6-2 Scott Taylor

Second Round 
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Scott Darbyshire
William O'Connor 6-2 Christian Kist
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Andy Jenkins
John Michael 6-4 Cristo Reyes
Martin Schindler 6-5 Ian White
Ronny Huybrechts 6-1 Dimitri van den Bergh
James Wade 6-3 Matt Clark
Mervyn King 6-3 Jeffrey de Graaf
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Peter Hudson
John Henderson 6-5 Darren Webster
Mark Webster 6-5 Jelle Klaasen
Steve West 6-3 Ryan Meikle
Benito van de Pas 6-4 Ted Evetts
Jamie Lewis 6-5 James Richardson
Michael Smith 6-5 Jamie Bain
Simon Preston 6-4 Steve Beaton
Paul Nicholson 6-5 Peter Wright
Warrick Scheffer 6-1 Darron Brown
Raymond van Barneveld 6-0 Joe Cullen
Kyle Anderson 6-4 Shaun Griffiths
Rob Cross 6-3 Max Hopp
Richie Burnett 6-3 Robert Thornton
Jamie Caven 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
James Wilson 6-4 Steve Lennon
Steve Hine 6-3 Jimmy Hendriks
Justin Pipe 6-3 Ricky Williams
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey 6-0 Richard North
Mensur Suljoic 6-1 Jonathan Worsley
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Gary Anderson 6-3 Darren Johnson
Daryl Gurney 6-3 Mick Todd
Losers £500

Third Round 
William O'Connor 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 John Michael
Martin Schindler 6-5 Ronny Huybrechts
Mervyn King 6-4 James Wade
Dave Chisnall 6-2 John Henderson
Steve West 6-5 Mark Webster
Jamie Lewis 6-1 Benito van de Pas
Michael Smith 6-5 Simon Preston
Paul Nicholson 6-3 Warrick Scheffer
Raymond van Barneveld 6-4 Kyle Anderson
Rob Cross 6-2 Richie Burnett
Jamie Caven 6-0 James Wilson
Justin Pipe 6-4 Steve Hine
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Chris Dobey
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Gary Anderson
Losers £1,000

Fourth Round 
Ritchie Edhouse 6-5 William O'Connor
Mervyn King 6-1 Martin Schindler
Steve West 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Michael Smith 6-4 Jamie Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Rob Cross 6-4 Jamie Caven
Gerwyn Price 6-1 Justin Pipe
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Mensur Suljovic
Losers £1,500

Mervyn King 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Steve West 6-1 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Losers £2,250

Mervyn King 6-5 Steve West
Rob Cross 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Losers £3,000

Rob Cross 6-5 Mervyn King
Winner £10,000
Runner-Up £6,000

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