Cross “ready to do damage” on Champions League of Darts debut

Hastings ace Cross celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rob Cross says he is ready to “do some damage” and leave all his rivals at sea on home territory in the Champions League of Darts.

The World Champion kicks off the elite invitational at the Brighton Centre on Saturday against defending champion Mensur Suljovic in Group B.

Cross also faces world number two Peter Wright and Australian ace Simon Whitlock and admits he cannot wait to make his debut just half an hour along the coast from his home in Hastings.

"It will be a strange feeling to just be up the road from home," Cross told Live Darts. "I must admit this is the tournament I've been looking forward to.

"I was watching this on TV a year ago and desperately wanted to be part of it. Now I've got my chance and I need to take it with both hands.

"It's not going to be easy. It's a bit like the Grand Slam that you have to hit the ground running straight away. 

"The difference is that every player in the two groups is in the top eight in the world. You can't afford any blips at all.

"To be fair, that's what world darts is all about now. There's no mugs, no easy days. I've got to win my first game against Mensur, that's for sure.

"I think last year was a dream come true for him but I need to hit him hard. I think I can do some damage this weekend. I feel really good and fresh and I'm ready big time."

Cross prepared for Brighton in the best possible fashion by winning the SAP Frankfurt Darts Slam, defeating Michael Smith in the final.

He added: "It was a brilliant event and a proper way to warm up with competitive action. But the standard of players now is incredible. Beau Greaves, at just 14, beat Wayne Mardle while Aileen de Graaf made the Semi-Finals.

"It's amazing how much the sport is changing with young players and female players coming through to be a real force. I'm glad I won a world title when I did because it's getting tougher all the time!

"SAP put on an excellent event and signed me up for another year so there will be more tournaments ahead. I can't wait."


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