Sussex pair Cross and Edhouse in strong form in Players' Championship

Darts stars Rob Cross and Ritchie Edhouse enjoyed strong runs in Players’ Championship events.
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World No10 Cross reached the quarter-finals of Players Championship 2 in Barnsley, winning four matches before losing to world champion Peter Wright.

Cross saw off Radek Szaganski 6-3 (with a 106.26 average) and Martin Lukeman 6-2 (with a 101.82 average) in the first two rounds, producing two 11-dart legs in both matches.

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The European champion then edged out Maik Kuivenhoven 6-5 in round three and defeated Jamie Clark 6-3 in the last 16 before going down 6-4 to eventual champion Wright, who finished the contest with a 145 checkout.

Rob Cross / Picture: PDCRob Cross / Picture: PDC
Rob Cross / Picture: PDC

Edhouse made it to the last 16 of Players Championship 1 at the same venue after mounting an amazing comeback from 5-1 down to pip World Championship finalist Michael Smith 6-5 in the last 32. He then lost 6-3 to eventual champion Luke Humphries.

The 38-year-old, up to 65th on the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Order of Merit, beat two-time world champion Adrian Lewis 6-2 and Mike De Decker 6-4 in the first two rounds.

Edhouse was edged out 6-5 by three-time world champion Michael van Gerwen in round two the following day, despite leading 4-3 at one stage and producing two 11-darters. He previously overcame Michael John 6-3 in round one.

Cross went out at the same stage on Saturday after throwing away a 5-0 lead to lose 6-5 against Lee Evans.