Rob Cross is back in form after a tough start to 2018. And he had an unusual inspiration for his recovery.

Some seek the advise of a coach or mentor. Others seek guidance from their family, or fellow players. Some hit the practice board hard. But Cross put his return to good form down to walking his dog. Voltage recovered from a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Simon Whitlock in the Premier League to perform well at the UK Open qualifiers. Accompanying his canine companion was a key factor, according to the world champion.

“I missed walking the dog on Hastings beach. It sounds a bit daft, but that’s how I clear my head,” said Cross.

“I like the simple things in life, being with my family and just watching TV and relaxing.

“I’ve missed that over the past few weeks. But I managed to take the dog out a few times over the past couple of weeks, got my head together, and I feel much better,” he added.

Cross’ next challenge is a Premier League meeting with Peter Wright in Newcastle. Wright is in fine form after beating Michael van Gerwen last week.

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Author: Edward McCosh