Former electrician Rob Cross turned off ‘The Power’ for what appeared to be the ultimate time as he denied the retiring Phil Taylor a seventeenth world title with a shocking 7-2 victory at Alexandra Palace on today in 2018.
The then 57-year-old Taylor had aspirations of ending his illustrious profession in fairytale trend however wouldn’t have envisaged the type of efficiency Cross was to supply in his maiden World Championship ultimate.
Cross, with out a Tour card 12 months beforehand, averaged a outstanding 107.67, hit 11 maximums and had a checkout share of 60 to finish his first yr as knowledgeable on the PDC circuit in emphatic fashion.
He stated: “I’ve won my first world title, but tonight is all about Phil Taylor. Everything he’s done for the game, I hope he enjoys his retirement.”
Cross went on to win the World Matchplay a yr later and claimed the European titles in 2019 and 2021.
Taylor, the 16-time world champion, initially walked away from the game in 2018 after shedding this ultimate however returned to aggressive darts in 2022.
In November 2023 he confirmed the World Senior Darts Tour in 2024 could be his final yr on the circuit.
He stated: “I’ll always love performing to the best of my ability, but time waits for no man and I know now is the right time to step away from the Tour.
“It’s been an unbelievable journey over the past 35 years and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“I’m going to be working just as hard as I always have to make sure I give the fans what they want and go out on top.”