Cross sees off Williams at PDC World Darts as Clayton and Noppert progress

Former PDC World Darts Championship champion Rob Cross is through to the third round after seeing off debutant Scott Williams at Alexandra Palace. A fine contest that went to a last-leg decider in each set saw Cross prevail 3-1 with an average of 99 and having recorded seven 180s.

The 32-year-old Englishman, winner in 2018 and a runner-up at last month’s Players Championship Finals, said in quotes on “This place will always be special to me. This is the holy grail.

“I think I dealt with the big moments a little bit more, but I probably put that down to experience. I feel good. I feel like I’m getting better and I’m enjoying it again.” Cross will play Mervyn King in round three.

Friday’s action – which had England and Leicester midfielder James Maddison in attendance – also included Wales’ Jonny Clayton advancing with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Dutchman Danny van Trijp. Clayton will next face Brendan Dolan, who defeated another Dutch thrower, Jimmy Hendriks, 3-1.

Van Trijp’s compatriot Danny Noppert was a 3-1 victor over David Cameron, and there were also 3-1 wins for Joe Cullen against Ricky Evans and Ross Smith against Darius Labanauskas.

Chris Dobey won 3-0 against Martijn Kleermaker to set up a clash with two-time champion Gary Anderson, and Martin Schindler will face last year’s runner-up Michael Smith after beating Martin Lukeman 3-1.

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