Glen Durrant is through to the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix in his debut in the tournament after a thrilling victory over Rob Cross.
Durrant went 2-1 up in sets before Cross set up a deciding set in what was a thrilling conclusion to proceedings but it was the Teesside ace who booked his place in the Last Eight, can he go all the way on the Emerald Isle.
He had an excellent first set as he produced a timely 13 darter after the first few legs went with throw to claim it and hand himself the early momentum.
Cross though wanted to hit straight back and he did so smashing in a 144 checkout to double his lead in the second set. He then hit a 134 checkout to secure it without reply in an exceptional passage of play from the current World Matchplay champion.
Durrant led in set three with a 90 checkout but the next leg paled in comparison with Cross taking 28 darts to win it to make it 1-1. A crucial 109 checkout did it for ‘Duzza’ though as he regained the lead with a 3-1 set win and the onus was now on him to complete the job.
Durrant went one away from the victory in the requisite set but Cross showed real fighting spirit to force a deciding leg with a break of throw followed by a 138 checkout to square it up.
It began to really become nervy in the decider but it was Duzza that led and after Cross missed three darts at doubles, he stepped in to go one away and then his prowess showed as he moved through to the Quarter-Finals claiming the match.
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Wednesday October 9
Danny Noppert (80.75) 2-3 (87.26) Nathan Aspinall (3-2, 0-3, 3-1, 1-3, 1-3)
Dave Chisnall (86.35) 3-0 (70.82) Stephen Bunting (3-2, 3-1, 3-0)
Rob Cross (86.44) 2-3 (85.3) Glen Durrant (2-3, 3-0, 1-3, 3-2, 0-3)
22:00 Peter Wright v Jermaine Wattimena
Tags: Glen Durrant, World Grand Prix 2019
DUZZA DOES IT!
Glen Durrant averages 100.20 in the deciding set as he defeats Rob Cross by three sets to two in a World Grand Prix classic! pic.twitter.com/HaBQRZrQka
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) October 9, 2019
Author: Samuel Gill