The 2018 PDC World Championship winner continues his title defence on Friday evening.
But before Rob Cross steps up to the Ally Pally oche, another major contender looks to navigate his fourth round clash. Michael Smith was given a test by John Henderson. He passed with flying colours. A 100 average puts Smith through, and makes him the fifth-highest seed at the PDC World Championship. The only bad news is Cross is a likely quarter-final opponent. But Ryan Searle ended Mensur Suljovic’s World Championship dream. He won’t mind doing the same to the Bully Boy.
We’ve already seen different shades of Dave Chisnall. He was nervy and wasteful against Josh Payne; then he was stirringly brilliant. The Chizzy who beat Kim Huybrechts was steady and deadly. If he keeps performing like he did against the Belgian, he could go a long way. Jamie Lewis has benefited from a lengthy break, following two final set deciders in the space of two games. Cody Harris and Daryl Gurney have been left by the wayside. Now last year’s semi-finalist is aiming for another big scalp. A very vulnerable Gary Anderson awaits the winner.
Given that he was largely written off pre-tournament, Rob Cross has to be applauded for his consistency so far. Averages of 102.93 and 101.72 in 3-1 and 4-0 wins over excellent players – Jeffrey de Zwaan and Cristo Reyes respectively – is the makings of a perfect tournament defence. Cross knows he needs to keep those levels high. He meets a surprise package in Luke Humphries, who comfortably beat Dimitri van den Bergh on Thursday. He’s up against it – but Humphries could yet spring another shock and shake up the World Championship even more.
Evening session schedule
Michael Smith vs Ryan Searle (R4)
Dave Chisnall vs Jamie Lewis (R4)
Rob Cross vs Luke Humphries (R4)
Author: Ed McCosh