Rob Cross is starting out his 2018 on top of the world — at least the world of darts.
According to Sky Sports, Cross capped off his remarkable debut season by hoisting the coveted Sid Waddell Trophy. The 27-year-old former electrician edged out famous thrower Phil Taylor 7 to 2 to win the 2018 World Darts Championship.
“I feel great but it’s about Phil departing and that is why I let him lift the trophy,” said Cross. “I was born in 1990 when he [Phil] won his first world title. I hope he has a happy retirement. You will not see another sportsman like Phil.”
Cross played like a veteran all year long and certainly in the championships — averaging 107.67 and winning 7 to 2.
Tungsten shined bright during the days championships and throughout the entire season. Tungsten carbide comes in over a dozen different grades, all of which can be used for various applications, and the world of darts has enjoyed tungsten tips for a long time. Tungsten darts were all over the World Championships
“I love my darts,” said Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier, who uses tungsten darts because Phil Taylor does as well. “I’ve always followed Taylor.”
Cross’ 107.67 was the third highest average in the history of the final and his 11 180s was too much for Taylor to handle. Taylor’s hopes of retiring a 17-time champion came to and end by Cross, who was virtually unknown last year. Although Taylor’s career 16 championship victories is quite impress as well.
Cross now joined John Part, Raymond Van Barneveld, Dennis Priestley, and Gary Anderson to ever defeat Taylor in a World Championship power. Taylor, despite losing, retires from the sport a sure champion and Rob Cross is seemingly the player of the future and the present.