Nathan Aspinall has become the latest new PDC major champion seeing off Rob Cross at the UK Open to continue an amazing rise.
Aspinall sealed the deal with a 170 checkout to cap off a brilliant tournament for the Stockport ace. ‘The Asp’ continues a rise that has seen him lose his tour card and be in the darting doldrums to a World Championship run and now a first major title.
It was quite level at the start with Aspinall getting in front with a 77 checkout to make it 3-2 with 98 average and 3/3 on the doubles. The same can be said for the next session with him being 6-4 despite Cross finding some form to go one behind.
Cross made it 6-5 at the next break but didn’t have any more resistance. At the next break, Aspinall was 10-5 up only needing one more leg for the title with a late comeback needed from Cross. There was nothing in the tank left though and the Asp hit the maximum finish to secure a shock title win.
Gerwyn Price (95.37) 9-11 (94.31) Nathan Aspinall
Rob Cross (94.23) 11-7 (95.51)Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall (88.72) 11-5 (84.79) Rob Cross