Rydz produces stunning comeback and 170 finish to knock out Cross at World Matchplay

Callan Rydz has made it to the Quarter-Finals in his debut year at the World Matchplay in Blackpool. The Riot was surprisingly too strong for former champion Rob Cross in the second round.

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.

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