Comeback king Cross tops the group

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By Brian Barry

Last Updated: 07/05/20 10:55pm

Voltage found his spark at the right time

Voltage found his spark at the right time

Former world champ Rob Cross rode his luck at times to top Group 21 of the PDC Home Tour on Thursday night with three wins from three.

The Premier League star was let out of jail by Dimitri Van den Bergh in his second game, as the Belgian who is residing in Peter Wright’s house for the duration of the lockdown, had a doubling disaster.

The Englishman then became the first player in the tournament to recover from a 0-4 deficit to win 5-4, as he pulled off a remarkable comeback against Karel Sedlacek.

Dimitri Van den Bergh says he’s become even more aware of Peter Wright’s quality while living with the world champion during lockdown

Dimitri Van den Bergh says he’s become even more aware of Peter Wright’s quality while living with the world champion during lockdown

PDC Home Tour – Thursday’s results (Group 21)

Rob Cross 5-2 William Borland
Dimitri Van den Bergh 5-1 Karel Sedlacek
William Borland 0-5 Karel Sedlacek
Rob Cross 5-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Dimitri Van den Bergh 3-5 William Borland
Karel Sedlacek 4-5 Rob Cross

The reigning Matchplay champion made the perfect start to the evening, storming into a 4-0 lead before sealing a 5-2 win against William Borland.

The Belgian star seemed to adopt the ‘anything you can do, I can do better’ approach, responding to Cross’ win by beating Sedlacek 5-1.

After Sedlacek and Borland were on the receiving end of heavy defeats in their respective opening games, they were both in need of a win to keep their hopes alive when they met in the third tie of the night. It was the Czech star who seized the opportunity with a seismic 5-0 win.

Cross and Van den Bergh then met in a top-of-the-table clash. It started slowly, but quickly gathered pace as neither player yielded on his own throw leaving it finely poised at 3-3. Snakebite’s lodger then missed four shots at double to break throw, as Cross took a 4-3 lead.

But the Belgian battled back, and had a match dart but couldn’t take his chance. Despite a 10-point inferior average and not even getting a dart to break throw in the match, Cross took the 5-4 victory.

'Dancing Dimitri' couldn't get over the line 'Dancing Dimitri' couldn't get over the line

‘Dancing Dimitri’ couldn’t get over the line

The Dream-Maker was left scratching his head, but knew he still had a fighting chance if he won his last game. However, he was shocked by a resurgent Borland who hit two 11-dart breaks of throw for a 5-3 win.

Sedlacek then stormed into a surprise 4-0 lead against Cross, and missed a match dart for a 5-0 clean sweep to top the group. From there, Cross clicked into gear, hitting a maximum in five consecutive legs to pull off a 5-4 victory.

PDC Home Tour – Group 21 Table

Pts Legs +/-
1. Rob Cross 6 +5
2. Dimitri Van den Bergh 2 +1
3. Karel Sedlacek 2 0
4. William Borland 2 -6

The action continues on Friday evening, with world No 10 Ian White headlining the group.

PDC Home Tour – latest confirmed groups

Friday Saturday Sunday
Ian White Kyle Anderson Krzysztof Ratajski
Jesus Noguera Daniel Larsson Toni Alcinas
Danny Noppert Martin Schindler Jamie Hughes
James Wilson Dirk van Duijvenbode Darius Labanauskas

PDC Home Tour – The Winners

Group One – Jamie Lewis Group Nine – Martijn Kleermaker Group 17 – Damon Heta
Group Two – Luke Woodhouse Group Ten – Nathan Aspinall Group 18 – Stephen Bunting
Group Three – Dave Chisnall Group 11 – Alan Tabern Group 19 – Glen Durrant
Group Four – Geert Nentjes Group 12 – Max Hopp Group 20 – Ryan Murray
Group Five – Nick Kenny Group 13 – Carl Wilkinson Group 21 – Rob Cross
Group Six – Ryan Searle Group 14 – Chris Dobey
Group Seven – Jelle Klaasen Group 15 – Darren Webster
Group Eight – Jonny Clayton Group 16 – Jeff Smith

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