Rob Cross has experienced a truly remarkable 12 months. Coming from virtually nowhere, the 27-year-old has mixed it with the best in the last year. However, few could have expected what he has achieved in this World Championship.
After picking up wins over Michael Smith, John Henderson and Dimitri Van Den Bergh, Cross took to the oche last night with a seemingly impossible task against reigning champion Michael Van Gerwen.
However, Cross held his nerve in an epic encounter to seal a date with Phil Taylor in the final.
As the game reached its deciding set, Van Gerwen took a 5-4 lead in legs, and took a sizeable lead. However, five match-darts came and went, and once Cross reached a double, he made no mistake, forcing a sudden death leg.
MVG missed the outer bull as they threw to see who would go off first in the decider, but had a shot at double 16 for the match. As boos rang round the Ally Pally, MVG failed to check out, and Cross stood up to clinch a remarkable match.
It’s fair to say we haven’t seen such a dramatic finish since the 2007 World Championship final between Taylor and Van Barneveld.
You can watch the closing exchanges from last night’s clash here: