16 May, 2022

Target's Rob Cross made it to the sixth European Tour final of his career, but fell just short of adding a maiden Euro Tour title to his two European Championship crowns in Prague this weekend.

The four-time major winner had already overcome American Jules van Dongen and fellow Target star "Rapid" Ricky Evans at the Královka Arena to reach the final session at the Czech Darts Open.

"Voltage" then won a tight battle with Ross Smith to move through to the semi-finals, before winning six consecutive legs to come from 1-4 down and beat Vincent van der Voort 7-4.

Cross then found himself 1-4 behind again in the final to German Darts Grand Prix champion Luke Humphries, but fought back to level the match at 5-5.

However, he succumbed to a 5-8 defeat that leaves him still chasing a maiden European Tour title, despite having made two finals from the first six events of the year."

Credit to Luke, he was brilliant," said Cross, who is yet to add to his 11 PDC ranking titles this year, despite repeatedly reaching the latter stages of events.

"I struggled to hold my throw, that was my Achilles' Heel in that one.

"I really enjoyed my weekend here, Prague has played host to a fantastic tournament with an amazing crowd.

"I wasn't at my best today but I almost got the result and I'll move onto the next one."

However, the £10,000 in ranking money does move him up to the provisional third seeding position for this year's European Championship in Dortmund, where he will look to defend his title.

Rob will also feature in next weekend's European Darts Grand Prix in Stuttgart alongside fellow Target world champions Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting, as the Euro Tour action continues, with live coverage on PDC TV and DAZN.

Event photo © Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe

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