2018 World Darts Champion Rob Cross has won the 2019 Betfred World Matchplay Championship beating Michael Smith 18-13 at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Speaking after winning his first World Matchplay Cross said It feels amazing “I’m lost for words – so happy that I’ve won this title.
“I’ve loved this place from day one and it’s been so special to me. Everything about this tournament is amazing and to walk out with this [trophy] makes it all complete.
“It was a weird game. I went so far in front and towards the end I switched off, so the double 16 to put me 17-13 up was what won it for me.
“Michael played great darts all week but he struggled on doubles tonight and it made me more edgy. He came back well but I had to stay calm.
“The crowd were amazing, they carried me through yesterday and carried Michael today.”