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“Tell him to pay my bills” – Rob Cross hits out at Wayne Mardle over throw comments

Jamie Shaw in Premier League Darts 10 Sep 2021
Cross pulled no punches in his post-match press conference (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rob Cross has hit out at Sky Sports pundit Wayne Mardle over an observation on his decision to pause between throws.

A resurgent Cross has begun the 2021 Premier League season strongly, picking up five points from his opening four games in Milton Keynes.

The 2018 World Champion has already equalled last year’s points tally – when he was eliminated at the halfway stage of the competition – and occupies fifth spot in the early league table.

However, ‘Voltage’ responded strongly to comments made by Mardle during Sky’s coverage on Thursday over his trademark pause and step back when throwing for a double.

“Wayne [Mardle] gave me a bit of stick tonight? It wouldn’t be unusual,” said Cross, who defeated Jonny Clayton 7-3 on Night Four.

“At the end of the day, I stand up there as a dart player, I can be a professional no problem.

“The things I do, I come off and I will always hold 100% responsibility for whatever happens.

“If I want to pause, if I don’t want to throw for the bullseye, I won’t.

“To be honest with you, I pay my own bills, I feed my kids so no one else can tell me how they think they should play the game because I pay my own bills.

“If Wayne wanted to, have that much of an opinion, tell him to pay my bills and I will throw the way he wants. And to be honest with you, I’ve got no problem with that.

“When he starts feeding my kids mouths, he can do that. But apart from that, if he’s not doing that, he’s irrelevant.”

During a lengthy rant in his post-match press conference, Cross continued: “If he feeds my kids yeah, I’m happy. Do you know what I mean? Let him do it, he can have an opinion on me.

“When he stops, when he doesn’t want to pay my bills, don’t judge me. Because I’m my own boss, I’m my own thing up there.

“I will always do what I want to do. And at the end of the day. No one else can tell me any different, and I will never listen because I pay my own bills.

“I’m the world’s biggest critic on myself, because when you’re not playing well enough, you know you’re not good enough. What can you say to butter that up?

“I don’t need anyone else to give me opinions.”

The former World Matchplay winner will aim to continue his impressive start to the campaign when he faces 2017 Premier League finalist Peter Wright on Friday evening.