Rob Cross’ darting demise has been greatly exaggerated.

Voltage suffered a tough start to 2018. Six consecutive defeats had some doubting his ability to maintain his remarkable 2017 form. But Cross bounced back at the last three UK Open qualifiers in Wigan. The 27-year-old reached one final and two semi-finals in three days as he completed a renaissance on the oche. Premium Dart Data revealed on Twitter that, in one way at least, Cross was at the top of the pile.

No player recorded a better individual match average across six qualifiers. Cross’ 117.99 against Jan Dekker in UKOQ5 was the best of the lot. Incredibly, Dekker’s 112.16 in that game puts him fourth in the list. 113.97 was Cross’ and the qualifiers’ second-best average. That came in the fourth event against Mike de Decker. Dekker comes in at third as well as fourth. Remarkably, the Dutch ace managed an almost identical average of 112.20. More surprising still is the fact it came in another loss, against Jeffrey de Zwaan.

Simon Stevenson and Terry Jenkins both recorded an identical average of 111.33. They come fifth in the list. Michael Smith, Peter Wright and Daryl Gurney follow. Gurney’s second appearance in the list is joint with Steve Beaton, who also averaged 109.98 in a game. Michael van Gerwen, who normally tops such lists, sneaks into the tenth spot. His 109.94 came against William Connor at UKOQ1.

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Author: Ed McCosh