Rob Cross claims fantastic fourth Players Championship title

New sensation Cross reacts (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rob Cross marked another milestone in his dream debut season on the PDC circuit as he defeated Adrian Lewis 6-3 to claim his fourth ranking title in Barnsley on Tuesday.

Cross' incredible rise at the top level of the sport continued at the Barnsley Metrodome as he swept through the 127-man field to secure the £10,000 top prize.

The victory sees him break in to the world's top 32 for the first time, just ten months in to his career as a PDC Tour Card holder and also puts him on course to be the top seed in next month's Players Championship Finals.

"It's a good habit to get in to," said Cross. "The first one I won was important because instead of coming into the room saying 'I believe I can win' - after that you know you can win.

"The hunger is there to win everything, I don't want to lose a game or even a leg.

"To go up there and keep winning gives me a massive confidence boost.

"I wanted to make the top 64 and so to come in and do what I've done - I've overachieved my expectations. The way it's worked out is fantastic."

The Kent thrower kick-started his title charge with a 6-0 whitewash of Ron Meulenkamp before edging out a plucky Craig Gilchrist in a deciding leg.

He then overcame Steve West 6-3 before again holding his nerve in a last-leg decider - this time against recent World Grand Prix semi-finalist John Henderson.

Cross moved through to the Semi-Finals following a whitewash of Keegan Brown and went on to end the landmark run of Ireland's William O'Connor with a 6-2 triumph.

He began the final with a 180 and took the first leg on tops, though Lewis responded well with a 101 checkout to level.

Cross kicked off the third leg with back-to-back maximums and landed double ten to break throw, before following up with doubele eight to extend his lead to 4-1.

A 14-darter on double ten saw Lewis close the gap, though only temporarily as 'Voltage' took out 90 on the bullseye to move to the brink of victory.

A 76 finish saw Lewis keep the contest alive, but Cross made no mistake in sealing the deal in the next leg to deny Lewis a return to the winner's enclosure.

World number four Lewis began his run to the final by recording successive 6-3 wins at the expense of Brendan Dolan and Joe Murnan.

He then thrashed Belgium's Mike De Decker 6-1 and Holland's Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-2 before surviving three match darts from rival Gerwyn Price on the way to a last-leg victory.

Lewis then missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish in his Semi-Final show-down but nonetheless went on to wrap up a 6-2 defeat of Jermaine Wattimena.

Lewis was bidding to replicate the heroics of Dave Chisnall - who produced a perfect leg in his First Round victory over Ryan Searle.

Saturday's Irish Matchplay winner O'Connor enjoyed a run to his first PDC ranking Semi-Final, defeating the likes of Vincent van der Voort, Joe Cullen and Peter Wright in the process.

Former World Youth champion Brown produced a resurgent run to the Quarter-Finals, while World Grand Prix champion Daryl Gurney fell at the Last 16 stage to a fired-up Gerwyn Price.

Terry Jenkins' first competitive appearance since March ended in a Third Round loss to De Zwaan after earlier wins over Ryan Meikle and Stuart Kellett.

Wednesday plays host to the 22nd and final Players Championship event of 2017, following which the 64-man field for November's Players Championship Finals in Minehead will be confirmed.

Players Championship 21 Results

Tuesday October 10

First Round
Peter Wright [BYE]
Bernd Roith 6-5 Terry Roach
Andy Boulton 6-5 Chris Dobey
Madars Razma 6-4 Terry Temple
Andy Jenkins 6-5 Steve Beaton
Martin Schindler 6-2 Jimmy Hendriks
Scott Taylor 6-5 Cristo Reyes
Harry Ward 6-3 David Pallett
Joe Cullen 6-4 Devon Petersen
Kirk Shepherd 6-2 Sven Groen
Robert Owen 6-5 Richard North
Max Hopp 6-2 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Chris Quantock
Jamie Caven 6-4 Mick Todd
Vincent van der Voort 6-4 Robbie Green
William O'Connor 6-1 Jan Dekker
Jamie Bain 6-3 Simon Whitlock
Richie Burnett 6-3 James Richardson
Barrie Bates 6-3 Ronny Huybrechts
Keegan Brown 6-5 John Part
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Mervyn King
Mark Barilli 6-5 Vincent Kamphuis
James Wade 6-4 Wayne Jones
James Wilson 6-4 Antonio Alcinas
Rob Cross 6-0 Ron Meulenkamp
Craig Gilchrist 6-4 Peter Hudson
Steve West 6-3 Andrew Gilding
Ryan Palmer 6-2 Yordi Meeuwisse
Kim Huybrechts 6-1 Paul Rowley
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-5 Steve Lennon
John Henderson 6-0 Brian Woods
Callan Rydz 6-5 Mick McGowan
Michael Smith 6-3 Richie Corner
Warrick Scheffer 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Mark Webster 6-2 Lee Bryant
Mickey Mansell 6-4 Diogo Portela
John Bowles 6-5 Kyle Anderson
Matthew Dennant 6-3 Stephen Burton
Stephen Bunting 6-4 Simon Stevenson
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 Steve Hine
Peter Jacques 6-5 Alan Norris
Matt Clark 6-3 Jim Brown
Justin Pipe 6-5 John Michael
Andy Hamilton 6-3 Adam Hunt
Ian White 6-0 Ryan Harrington
Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Ross Twell
Christian Kist 6-2 Jeffrey de Graaf
Kevin Painter 6-3 Tony Newell
Dave Chisnall 6-4 Ryan Searle
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Alan Tabern
Stuart Kellett 6-5 Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins 6-5 Ryan Meikle
Mike De Decker 6-4 Benito van de Pas
John Norman Jnr 6-2 Berry van Peer
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Joe Murnan 6-4 Darren Johnson
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Wes Newton
Jamie Lewis 6-2 Jim Walker
Jonny Clayton 6-2 Josh Payne
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Ted Evetts
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Callum Loose
Harry Robinson 6-2 Ricky Evans
Darren Webster 6-2 Michael Barnard
Paul Nicholson 6-4 Aden Kirk

Second Round
Peter Wright 6-2 Bernd Roith
Madars Razma 6-3 Andy Boulton
Martin Schindler 6-3 Andy Jenkins
Harry Ward 6-0 Scott Taylor
Joe Cullen 6-2 Kirk Shepherd
Robert Owen 6-2 Max Hopp
Jamie Caven 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
William O'Connor 6-3 Vincent van der Voort
Jamie Bain 6-3 Richie Burnett
Keegan Brown 6-4 Barrie Bates
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Mark Barilli
James Wade 6-2 James Wilson
Rob Cross 6-5 Craig Gilchrist
Steve West 6-2 Ryan Palmer
Zoran Lerchbacher 6-4 Kim Huybrechts
John Henderson 6-1 Callan Rydz
Michael Smith 6-3 Warrick Scheffer
Mark Webster 6-4 Mickey Mansell
John Bowles 6-5 Matthew Dennant
Jonathan Worsley 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Peter Jacques 6-3 Matt Clark
Justin Pipe 6-1 Andy Hamilton
Jermaine Wattimena 6-1 Ian White
Kevin Painter 6-5 Christian Kist
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Terry Jenkins 6-1 Stuart Kellett
Mike De Decker 6-2 John Norman Jnr
Adrian Lewis 6-3 Joe Murnan
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Jamie Lewis
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Harry Robinson
Darren Webster 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Losers: £500

Third Round
Peter Wright 6-4 Madars Razma
Martin Schindler 6-5 Harry Ward
Joe Cullen 6-2 Robert Owen
William O'Connor 6-5 Jamie Caven
Keegan Brown 6-2 Jamie Bain
James Wade 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Rob Cross 6-3 Steve West
John Henderson 6-4 Zoran Lerchbacher
Michael Smith 6-5 Mark Webster
Jonathan Worsley 6-4 John Bowles
Peter Jacques 6-2 Justin Pipe
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Kevin Painter
Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-1 Terry Jenkins
Adrian Lewis 6-1 Mike De Decker
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Darren Webster
Losers: £1,000

Last 16
Peter Wright 6-1 Martin Schindler
William O'Connor 6-4 Joe Cullen
Keegan Brown 6-5 James Wade
Rob Cross 6-5 John Henderson
Michael Smith 6-4 Jonathan Worsley
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Peter Jacques
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Jeffrey de Zwaan
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Daryl Gurney
Losers: £1,500

William O'Connor 6-2 Peter Wright
Rob Cross 6-0 Keegan Brown
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Michael Smith
Adrian Lewis 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Losers: £2,250

Rob Cross 6-2 William O'Connor
Adrian Lewis 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Losers: £3,000

Rob Cross 6-3 Adrian Lewis
Winner: £10,000
Runner-up: £6,000

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Rob Cross claims fantastic fourth Players Championship title

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