Rydz produces stunning comeback and 170 finish to knock out Cross at World Matchplay
Rydz had already beaten Glen Durrant (10-6) in the first round, but was not convincing in that match. Again, the Newcastle ace did not start the match well.
Cross took a fairly easy 5-2 lead, but failed to widen the gap. The former world champion missed two chances to make it 6-2 and missed three darts to make it 6-3. That gave Rydz the opportunity to fight his way back into the match and a 14-darter in the tenth leg suddenly levelled the score.
After the second break Rydz took control. With brilliant finishes of 89 and 92 Rydz suddenly had a break ahead. Double 4 made it 9-6 for the 23-year-old, who won his first ranking title at the beginning of the season.
Cross seemed to fight back for a moment and brought the deficit back to 9-8 with a 132 finish and a 14-darter. But Rydz was not impressed, as he then threw in the first 170 check-out of the tournament. Rydz then needed just one more leg and immediately seized his opportunity with a 60 finish for the match.