Cross “furious” with Van Gerwen demolition in Dublin

World number two Cross reacts (credit:Taylor Lanning)

Rob Cross admits he is “furious” that he was unable to blow the Premier League title race wide open in Dublin last week.

The 2018 World Champion was out of sorts in a 7-2 defeat to dominant Dutchman Michael van Gerwen - who made it three wins from three this season.

Cross has been in impressive form in the early stages of the season but believes he will fight back to find his A game as the tournament progresses.

He told Live Darts: "To be honest, I'm furious with myself. It just didn't happen for me at all and I have no idea why.

"My form has been great all year, I've rarely not hit a ton-plus average at all, Yet I only got a 93 against Michael. It was my worst performance of the year.

"I'm not going to beat myself up about it, the Premier League is a marathon not a sprint. It's now about getting a reaction on Thursday night against Daryl (Gurney).

"Three points from three games is an average start, I can feel the old Rob Cross returning though, I'm happier in myself. 

"I feel stronger as the weeks go by and more adjusted to life on the road so much."

Reigning champion Van Gerwen now faces James Wade in Exeter this Thursday and is now on a seemingly unstoppable march to another Premier League title.

But Cross has blasted any talk of a runaway winner, adding: "I think that is disrespectful to the rest of the players to say that Michael will walk it.

"James has won nine majors, Peter Wright has beaten Michael so many times as has Ray and myself.

"Michael is the man of the moment but I believe there is so much talent out there to stop him. It's a shame Gary Anderson isn't in the league but you can't give the title to Michael yet.

"Whatever happens it still comes down to one finals night at The O2. It's about getting in the top four and peaking on that night.

"Michael will know that. He's bang on form and he's the yardstick but all the boys are hungry to beat him and I'm sure that will happen at some stage."

Wade believes he can halt the MVG charge in Exeter. He said: "It's irrelevant if I've got Michael (van Gerwen), I think I'm one of the only players that can beat him."


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