Rob Cross won his maiden PDC Pro Tour title as he beat Mervyn King 6-5 to claim Players Championship Three at the Barnsley Metrodome.
Cross, last year’s PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour winner, began his run with victory over the in-form Alan Norris, who claimed victory in Players Championship One two weekends ago. He followed this with victories over Max Hopp and Ritchie Burnett before a 6-4 win over Jamie Caven secured his place in the quarter-finals.
Five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld stood in his way but the man from Sussex clinched a 6-4 win to setup a semi-final showdown with Gerwyn Price.
Last weekend’s UK Open runner-up took a 3-1 lead before Cross won five the next seven legs to reach his first PDC Pro Tour final, where Mervyn King awaited.
King hadn’t reached a final on the Pro Tour since 2014 and started with wins over Brian Woods, Jeffrey de Graaf and seven-time major winner James Wade.
The King then dismantled Martin Schindler 6-1 before beating Ritchie Edhouse 6-2 to make his way into the last four. There he came back from 4-2 down against Steve West to win 6-5 and reach the final.
Both struggled to hold throw in the opening legs of the final but once the nerves cleared, both players were dominant on their throw and eight consecutive holds took the encounter into a deciding leg.
Cross showed real bottle after missing bull for the match in leg ten to take control of the final leg, finding double two to secure his first win on the Pro Tour and to take home the £10,000 prize money.
Interestingly, it wasn’t a day for the big boys on Saturday as none of the top ten seeds reached the quarter-finals. World number one Michael van Gerwen was beaten by William O’Connor, two-time World Champion Gary Anderson came unstuck against Daryl Gurney and Paul Nicholson dispatched Peter Wright.
Elsewhere, Kim Huybrechts hit a nine-darter in his opening match against Sven Groen before being dispatched in round two by Jamie Caven.