Simon Whitlock is the surprise Premier League leader after two weeks of play.

The Aussie ace is one of only two players to have won his opening two games. Mensur Suljovic was the first man vanquished, on Week One in Dublin. On Thursday, Whitlock went a step further. The man from Hornby thrashed world champion Rob Cross 7-1 in Cardiff. He, unsurprisingly, reveled in his early season success.

“I’m over the moon and I couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Whitlock said.

“I’m off to a flier and I can’t wait for next week now, I’m feeling good.”

Cross had darts to win four of the first five legs, but missed his opportunities. Whitlock took a 4-1 lead, and never looked back. A 106 checkout rounded off an excellent win. It means the Grand Prix finalist tops the Premier League table for the first time since 2014.

“Rob didn’t play well but I’ve got to do what I do and that’s win matches. I think Rob’s got a bit of a hangover from winning the World Championship and there’s a bit of pressure on him, but he’s a class player and he’ll bounce back,” he said.

“I’m on a high and I’m just going to ride that and play as well as I can, and I’ll take it one week at a time – but this is fantastic for me.”

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Author: Edward McCosh