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Cross reflects on “tornado” spell after doing the double over Taylor

Phil Lanning in Off The Oche 14 Jun 2018
Cross and Taylor shake hands (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Rob Cross admits it has been a “tornado” six months after defeating Phil Taylor in a World Championship final re-match.

Voltage sneaked a 10-8 win over 'The Power' in a SAP Cup replay of their epic Alexandra Palace clash six months ago at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium on Tuesday night.

Cross, 27, revealed that he feels close to his old form again after beating Taylor in front of a sell-out Under The Bridge venue in London.

"I still get goosebumps walking up onto a stage when Phil is on it," Cross told Live Darts. "My name gets called out and I almost look round not believing it's meant to be me.

"There's times when I literally have to pinch myself to realise this is happening. It’s been such a tornado of a six months or so, I think it’s still sinking in.

"That's not affecting my game whatsoever. The only thing that has troubled me is losing my routine but I've sorted that.

"It was good to get back up on stage with Phil. We also had a good long chat backstage. His biggest advice to me is to enjoy the game, stay hungry and do everything I can to stay hungry.

"Your biggest rival is not any of the players, it’s the fatigue. This year is my learning curve and how I deal with the extra pressure of travelling and being away from my family.

"Phil was unbelievable. He managed to do all this for 30 years. This is only really my second full year and it’s a shock to the system, trust me."

The match remained nip and tuck until the reigning World Champion pulled clear in the latter stages, with Taylor undoubtedly still a major force on the stage despite having called time on his professional career.

Cross added: "Phil will always be hard to beat, no matter how old he is or how much he’s been away from the game.

"The only thing that is stopping him being at the very top is the travelling, not because he hasn’t got the talent. He would still win majors this year, no doubt about it.

"That's why I was pleased to beat him. It’s still a big lift to beat Phil at any time. It was an ambition of men to play my hero, now I’ve beaten him two times on the trot.

"A couple of years ago if you’d told me I’d be doing that I would have laughed my head off. Now it's reality, amazing."


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