Topping Premier League Darts table would be a “real privilege” says Cross

Cross makes his entrance (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rob Cross admits it would be “a privilege” to finish top of the Premier League table but is refusing to take his position for granted heading into the final night in Leeds on Thursday.

Michael van Gerwen has held down top spot for the past six consecutive seasons, but it's Cross who sits in pole position ahead of the final night of round-robin matches at the First Direct Arena.

Only Van Gerwen and Phil Taylor have ever managed to top the pile since the Premier League began back in 2005, but a win for Cross over James Wade would see him join that elite club and secure the £25,000 bonus.

"It would be a real privilege to join Phil and Michael on the list of league phase winners," said Cross, who has won ten matches in this year's competition and stands on 22 points.

"If it was easy to do then there would be a fair few more players on that list, so I can't take for granted how special it would be.

"I've got a tough game against James on Thursday, he's played brilliant darts throughout the Premier League and he's got a great chance to qualify. 

"I'm going to have to play proper darts to get the win and I believe I will."

Cross, who boasts a tournament average of 100 and has not been outside the top two since Night Four, defeated Wade 7-4 in the reverse fixture back in February and has vowed to put the permutations to the back of his mind in an effort to focus on taking maximum points.

He added: "I need to have an element where I forget about it because James will jump all over that and make me pay.

"I need to just switch off and go up there and play darts.

"Financially, darts has changed my life, I get to offer my family great things, but the I never play for a tenner - I play to win.

"If I played for the money and thought about it, I'd lose every week. 

"Last year I wasn't in a great place with illness and things like that, but this year I'm enjoying my darts.

"I did a lot of developing last year and this year I haven't got a worry in the world.

"I'm just looking forward to the whole season, there's great opportunities especially with the World Series, and I need to win something!"

Cross and Van Gerwen are both already assured of a place at The O2 next week and cannot meet until the final should they both progress, but MVG will be determined to maintain his incredible record of consistency, having topped the table and gone on to reach the final in all six previous Premier League campaigns.

Van Gerwen has the chance to pile on the pressure if he can overcome play-off chasing Mensur Suljovic in the penultimate match of the night, but the Dutchman is hoping Wade can do him a favour.

"He has to do me a favour," Van Gerwen told Live Darts. "I did him enough favours in the past!

"That's the only thing I can hope for. I put myself in this position and I only can blame myself for that.

"I lost too many points this year.

"I have to come back and fight harder and stronger and that's what I'll do.

"I think I can make up the point difference on Rob, I've been there before and I know what it takes so I will hopefully pile the pressure onto him with a win over Mensur."


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