Rob Cross eager to pick up only his second televised title at the World Matchplay

Rob Cross (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Rob Cross (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Rob Cross feels ready to claim his first televised title since being crowned World Champion at the BetVictor World Matchplay.

The world number three made his Winter Gardens debut last year, defeating Ian White in round one before going out at the hands of Adrian Lewis in the last 16.

Cross has enjoyed a return to form in recent weeks, reaching back-to-back World Series of Darts finals in Las Vegas and Shanghai, and is confident of producing his best form in Blackpool.

Cross, who will take on Mervyn King in the opening round, told www.pdc.tv: "I feel ready to perform to the best of my ability," said

"This is only the beginning for me.

"A lot has changed in the last 12 months, I really enjoyed making my debut at the Winter Gardens last year - it was a unique experience playing there.

"I'm pleased with how far I've come since I played here last year but now I'm focused on maintaining my high position on the rankings and pushing on - I want the number one spot.

"This is only the beginning for me, I believe in myself and I feel my fitness has improved over the last few weeks which is also helping me.

"Mervyn is a good player but I'm going to produce and I'm going to play well so if he's going to beat me he's going to have to play better than me."

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