Rob Cross was full of positivity despite not opening his 2019 Premier League campaign with a win.

Cross struck double 16 to rescue a 6-6 draw against Peter Wright in Newcastle. It is a significantly better start than in 2018, where the world number two struggled early on. Speaking to Live Darts after the match, Cross revealed high hopes for his game and Premier League aspirations.

“In fairness, I thought I played well,” he said on the match with Wright.

“The 12 (dart leg) to break was great darts. I wasn’t strong enough on my own throw.”

Cross shared the positive mentality that he takes into the 2019 season, adding: “The way I’m feeling, the way everything’s going, I’m getting better.

“I feel calm, I feel ready. I feel like I’m only going to get better, not worse.”

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Building blocks

His opening competitive match of the year, a disappointing defeat to Joe Cullen at the Masters, followed a heavy exhibition defeat to Michael van Gerwen in Prague. The Premier League draw is not enough to get Cross in the winning spirit, but the Hastings ace accentuated the positive again.

“I lost at the Masters last week, I went home and told myself that I’m going to do something I haven’t done in a year – work on my game,” Cross admitted.

“It was nice to come and turn up tonight, and actually get a game that actually I can play with.

“Yeah, I’ve played better. I’ve come out tonight with a game and it wasn’t enough to get a win.

“At the same time, it’s nice to get that confidence. It’s nice to go out there, play well, be consistent and maybe walk out with a draw – but then again, Peter’s changed his game since last year too. It’s been a great night.”

Looking ahead

Voltage is one of darts’ biggest feel-good stories. From being an amateur competitor at the UK Open, the 2018 world champion goes into this season as one of the favourites to win every event. The quality he has shown is now backed by some big stage experience. It all points towards progression, as far as Cross is concerned.

“Three years ago, this wasn’t possible. Now all of a sudden I’ve got a little bit of experience behind me.

“I feel good, and I can’t wait for the rest of the year. There’s nothing to do but look forward.”

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Author: Ed McCosh