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Rob Cross pockets the winner’s award of £ 120,000 after the European Championship victory over Michael van Gerwen, which sees him climb back to 11th place in the PDC Order of Merit, after being faced with the possibility of ” abandon the world top 16 before the event

Last update: 10/18/21 7:17 am

Rob Cross ended his two-year wait for a PDC title in Salzburg with a win over Michael van Gerwen

Rob Cross has ended his two-year wait for a PDC title, beating Michael van Gerwen to win the European Championship for the second time.

Cross claimed his fifth televised crown with an 11-8 victory over Van Gerwen in the final at the Salzburgarena, almost two years after his last televised title victory – which came in the same event.

Quadruple European champion Van Gerwen was set for a fifth success in the event after securing superb victories over Gerwyn Price and Nathan Aspinall earlier in the day, but was disappointed with 27 missed double attempts in a edgy finish.

“It’s good to win again after the last 18 months which has been probably the hardest time of my life,” revealed Cross, who also beat Jose de Sousa and Joe Cullen en route to the final.

“I have to dedicate this to my family, friends, management and sponsors who have supported me and have been incredibly supportive.

“I love playing in Austria, I have a great record here. I love the people, I would play here every week if I could.

“That’s right, I didn’t play my best tonight, and I’m thankful that Michael wasn’t himself in the final. You have to take risks when they’re presented to you.”

The victory also secures Cross’s place in the November Darts Grand Slam, with the 31-year-old expecting a busy end until 2021.

Cross added: “I think this is going to be a turning point for me, with the confidence it will give me I know I will improve in the next few months. I would love to win another world championship.”

Van Gerwen was looking for a first classification title since November 2020 and a first success in the European Championship since 2017.

Despite his failure in the final, the Dutchman showed signs of a return to his best with averages of 107.74 against Price in the quarter-final and 103.41 against Aspinall in the semi-final.

“When you play like I did in the final you deserve to lose,” Van Gerwen said in an honest assessment.

“You can come up with a million excuses but I have to say I didn’t make it to the final, it wasn’t good enough and I can only blame myself.

“I’m starting to do a little better – except for the final – but I don’t like picking up second-place trophies. It doesn’t count for nothing, I’m a winner.”

European Championship 2021

Sunday 17th October
Afternoon session
Quarter-finals
Nathan Aspinall 10-9 Danny Noppert
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Gerwyn Price
Rob Cross 10-5 José de Sousa
Joe Cullen 10-7 Mensur Suljovic

Evening session
Semi finals
Michael van Gerwen 11-10 Nathan Aspinall
Rob Cross 11-3 Joe Cullen

Final
Rob Cross 11-8 Michael van Gerwen

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