Rob Cross claimed his first major title since the World Championship triumph with victory over Michael Smith in the final of the World Matchplay.

Cross spoke afterwards and admitted that he is lost for words; as well as saying how special the tournament is and that as a result winning it makes it all complete.

‘Voltage’ added that for him the crowd were amazing and that they carried him through the tournament.

“It feels amazing,” said Cross. “I’m lost for words – so happy that I’ve won this title.

“I’ve loved this place from day one and it’s been so special to me. Everything about this tournament is amazing and to walk out with this [trophy] makes it all complete.

“It was a weird game. I went so far in front and towards the end I switched off, so the double 16 to put me 17-13 up was what won it for me.

“Michael played great darts all week but he struggled on doubles tonight and it made me more edgy. He came back well but I had to stay calm.

“The crowd were amazing, they carried me through yesterday and carried Michael today.”

Click here for more information about the World Matchplay, including the prize money breakdown, schedule and format.

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Author: Samuel Gill