Rob Cross produced arguably the greatest comeback in the history of the Betfred World Matchplay Darts to see off Daryl Gurney 17-15 and set up a showdown with Michael Smith in Sunday’s final (Match Betting – Smith 11/10, Cross 8/11).

The 2018 world champion’s run at this year’s tournament in Blackpool looked to be over, as he trailed third-seed Gurney 15-9, but he was astonishingly able to reel off eight frames in a row to claim the most unlikely of victories.

‘Voltage’ is now through to his third major televised final of 2019 and he will be hoping it is third time lucky after finishing runner up in both the UK Open and Premier League.


The 28-year-old certainly believes he will be going into the final off the back of his greatest ever comeback, although he ultimately felt he was fortunate to make it through.

“I am really glad to be in the final but I don’t think I deserved it,” Cross told reporters. “Daryl was the better player there and he deserved to win but I will take my bit of luck tonight into the final tomorrow and hopefully be better.

Asked whether that was his best comeback, Cross added: “100 percent. The crowd helped me massively. I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t right and I need to get right.”

Cross’ reward for reaching the final will be a clash with fellow Englishman Michael Smith – with the duo set to meet just a month on from teaming up at the World Cup of Darts.


‘Bully Boy’ secured his place in the final with an all-round impressive display against the conqueror of Michael van Gerwen, Glen Durrant.

Smith prevailed 17-10 and averaged 100.77, while he also landed nine maximums and converted 50 per cent of his attempts at double.

The 2019 World Championship runner-up will now be aiming for his first major title on Sunday, but it is Cross that has the better head-to-head record between the pair, winning 12 of their previous 15 meetings, including all three times they have clashed this year (Smith To Win World Matchplay & St Helens To Win Super League Grand Final & Challenge Cup 5/1).

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