League leader Cross “dreaming” of Premier League glory

Cross pictured with the Premier League trophy (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rob Cross says he “dreams” of winning the Premier League but is refusing to get carried away ahead of a crucial final run-in.

Cross enters the penultimate night of round-robin action top of the league table, having leapfrogged reigning champion Michael van Gerwen last week.

Van Gerwen has finished the league phase in top spot every year since his debut campaign in 2013, but his 100 per cent record is now out of his hands heading into the final two fixtures.

Cross leads the way on 20 points, one ahead of rival MVG, and knows that at least a point against Mensur Suljovic in Sheffield would secure his return to The O2.

"It's crunch time now in the Premier League," Cross told Live Darts. "It's the tightest Premier League we've ever had and I'm enjoying it.

"I wanted to win my last three games to maintain the pressure on Michael [Van Gerwen] so he has to win every week.

"I just go out and try to perform to the best of my ability every week and give myself confidence.

"If Michael slips up then that's his choice, that'll be his doing, but I have to take advantage when he does slip up.

"It's trying to be the cream of the crop within the cream of the crop and I think I've done well this year.

"This Premier League I feel a lot more settled and a lot fresher, which is brilliant."

Cross, who finished fourth in his debut campaign 12 months ago before losing 10-6 to Van Gerwen in the Semi-Finals, has already eclipsed last year's points tally and is likely to avoid his Dutch nemesis until the final, should they both progress.

The 2018 World Champion believes he will head to The O2 in a better mindset this time around and feels he has a genuine chance of becoming only the sixth different name on the sport's most prestigious invitational trophy.

"We all dream about winning the Premier League," he added.

"We all set our stall out to qualify and we worry about positions afterwards.

"It's my second attempt and it looks like I'm going to qualify for the second time. We've got two matches left and I want the best run-in that I can have.

"I want to go there and I want to turn up, last year when I got there I wasn't right and I struggled.

"It'd be nice to go to The O2 and feel like myself and play how I've been playing.

"If I can do that then I've got every chance to win it."


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