Rob Cross is through to the final of the World Matchplay after seeing off Daryl Gurney in one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in Blackpool.

Cross was 15-9 down against Gurney; he staged a miraculous comeback to win 17-15 to reach the final for the first time.

To start the game, Cross had the early advantage; but only just going into the first interval 3-2 up with both him and Gurney averaging 92.

Gurney though took the lead when they returned from the interval after restoring parity at 4-4 with a brilliant 114 checkout. Cross missed darts at doubles and as a result Gurney pounced on tops to go 5-4 up.

At the break this lead was consolidated with Gurney 6-4 up claiming five legs from six and asking the question of Cross even at this early stage. He didn’t answer them and Gurney punished missed darts to break again at 7-4 up.

In addition, he continued to impose his grip on the tie at 8-4; he followed that up with a 124 checkout at 10-4. Seven on the spin was achieved at 10-4; with seven 180’s and a 94 average for Gurney who performed excellently in pouncing on an out of sorts Cross.

He finally clawed a leg back ending that run of legs; but still went into the interval 10-5 behind. Cross added two more legs; but it still looked bleak with Gurney charging towards the winning line at the next interval at 13-7 up; despite Cross claiming seemingly a consolation break of throw.

This was as Gurney returned; he claimed it back to go 14-7 up. Cross began to play better on his throw; he broke Gurney’s throw and held his throw after having a nine-dart attempt.

Gurney though squandered four darts at doubles to go within one; as a result Cross helped himself to another break at 15-11 behind. Cross sent the match into real drama as he broke throw to go 15-13 behind; from there he made it five straight legs for the World Number Two to go to within one 15-14.

He broke again to continue his sensational comeback; with a 66 finish to level at 15-15. A seventh straight leg was won by Cross at 16-15 to go one away and from there he concluded it.

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Rob Cross (96.64) 17-15 (92.46) Daryl Gurney
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Author: Samuel Gill