Rob Cross has set up a semi-final tie with Stephen Bunting at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton. 'Voltage' romped to victory over Damon Heta, surging from 6-6 to win the final 10 legs and take a 16-6 win.
In a tight opening session, there wasn't much to split the pair as each leg went with throw. When they headed off stage however it was Cross who narrowly held the advantage, 3-2 ahead of his Australian counterpart.
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With both players finishing extremely well early doors, even opportunities to break throw were looking limited. When Heta had a dart at double 16 for a break in leg 7 though, he couldn't manage to make the most of it and Cross was on hand to punish. When Heta missed more darts in the following leg, Cross again punished and got the first break of throw. After all that hard work though, the former World Champion then couldn't hold as Heta broke straight back. With Cross breaking again in the final leg of the session it was 6-4 to 'Voltage' at the break.
After the break, the run of successes against the throw continued. Cross missed a dart at the bull to move three legs clear, Heta punishing on double 10 to keep contact and getting back on level terms in the following leg. This seemed to wake Cross up and as he began to move up through the gears Heta had no answer. 'Voltage' took the final three legs of the session to move 9-6 in front.
A brilliant 116 checkout then saw Cross stretch further ahead, with a fourth straight leg, before an 89 finish in the following leg made it five in a row. Cross was seemingly unstoppable at this point with Heta struggling to find any way to stop the rot. At the final break, 'Voltage' had increased his run to eight legs on the spin to take a seemingly unassailable lead at 14-6.
A ninth straight leg, comfortably taken by Cross on double 18 moved him to the brink and after Heta missed two at tops to keep himself alive, Cross sealed the deal to reach the semi-final of the Grand Slam of Darts for the first time.