4 Mar, 2019

The 27 year old from Stockport attended the tournament as a fan in 2014, but followed up his breakthrough run to the semi-finals of the recent World Championship with a superb weekend in Somerset.

"I've worked so hard to get to where I'm at," said Nathan, "I had a great World Championship and I wanted to back that up. To win my first PDC major is an amazing feeling - I'm so happy.

"I played really well this weekend - and to be fair the final wasn't the best - but it's been a long day. To win it, and in the fashion that I did with the 170 checkout, made it something a little bit special."

Neither "The Asp" nor "Voltage" produced their best darts in the final, but Nathan's incredible winning checkout sees him become just the second player in PDC history to win a major title with a 170 finish (after Colin Lloyd at the World Matchplay) - and it moves him up to 16th in the world rankings.

Cross had fought his way through to his third major final with victories over Darren Webster (10-4), Mervyn King (10-5), Cristo Reyes (10-6), Josh Payne (10-7), and Michael Smith (11-7).

"Voltage" will return to action on Thursday night in The Premier League, where he faces Michael Smith again, while Nathan has to wait for the following week in Nottingham, where he also faces Smith as one of The Contenders.

Nathan Aspinal Wins UK Open
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