The William Hill World Darts Championship was held across the Christmas and New Year period at London's Alexandra Palace.

2017/2018 William Hill World Darts Championship
Preliminary & First Rounds
(P) denotes Preliminary Round

Thursday December 14 (7pm)
Steve Beaton 3-1 William O'Connor
James Wilson 3-1 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen 3-1 Christian Kist
Gerwyn Price 3-0 Ted Evetts
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Friday December 15 (7pm)
Seigo Asada 2-1 Gordon Mathers (P)
Stephen Bunting 1-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Phil Taylor 3-1 Chris Dobey
Rob Cross 3-0 Seigo Asada
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Saturday December 16
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Brendan Dolan 2-0 Alan Ljubic (P)
Benito van de Pas 1-3 Steve West
Mervyn King 2-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Robert Thornton 3-1 Brendan Dolan
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Evening Session (7pm)
Jeff Smith 2-0 Luke Humphries (P)
Joe Cullen 2-3 Jermaine Wattimena
Jelle Klaasen 1-3 Jan Dekker
Gary Anderson 3-0 Jeff Smith
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Sunday December 17
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Kenny Neyens 1-2 Jamie Lewis (P)
Alan Norris 3-0 Kim Viljanen
Kyle Anderson 3-1 Peter Jacques
Jonny Clayton 0-3 Jamie Lewis
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Evening Session (7pm)
Willard Bruguier 1-2 Cody Harris (P)
James Wade 2-3 Keegan Brown
Dave Chisnall 0-3 Vincent van der Voort
Ian White 3-1 Cody Harris
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Monday December 18 (7pm)
Kai Fan Leung 0-2 Paul Lim (P)
Mensur Suljovic 3-0 Kevin Painter
Daryl Gurney 3-1 Ronny Huybrechts
Mark Webster 2-3 Paul Lim
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Tuesday December 19 (7pm)
Aleksandr Oreshkin 0-2 Kevin Munch (P)
John Henderson 3-0 Marko Kantele
Raymond van Barneveld 3-0 Richard North
Adrian Lewis 1-3 Kevin Munch
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Wednesday December 20 (7pm)
Xiao Chen Zong 0-2 Bernie Smith (P)
Michael Smith 3-2 Steve Lennon
Simon Whitlock 3-1 Martin Schindler
Justin Pipe 3-2 Bernie Smith
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Thursday December 21 (7pm)
Cristo Reyes 1-3 Toni Alcinas
Kim Huybrechts 0-3 James Richardson
Darren Webster 3-2 Devon Petersen
Peter Wright 3-1 Diogo Portela
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Second Round
Friday December 22
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Gerwyn Price 4-1 Ian White
Vincent van der Voort 4-0 Steve Beaton
Jan Dekker 2-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
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Evening Session (7pm)
Mensur Suljovic 4-2 Robert Thornton
Gary Anderson 4-1 Paul Lim
Michael van Gerwen 4-0 James Wilson
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Saturday December 23
Afternoon Session (1pm)

Keegan Brown 4-2 Zoran Lerchbacher
Michael Smith 3-4 Rob Cross
Steve West 4-1 Jermaine Wattimena
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Evening Session (7pm)
Daryl Gurney 2-4 John Henderson
Phil Taylor 4-0 Justin Pipe
Raymond van Barneveld 4-1 Kyle Anderson
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Wednesday December 27
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Simon Whitlock 1-4 Darren Webster
Alan Norris 1-4 James Richardson
Kevin Munch 1-4 Toni Alcinas
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Evening Session (7pm)
Peter Wright 1-4 Jamie Lewis
Third Round
Vincent van der Voort 1-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Michael van Gerwen 4-2 Gerwyn Price
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Thursday December 28
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Toni Alcinas 0-4 Darren Webster
Mensur Suljovic 0-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
John Henderson 1-4 Rob Cross

Evening Session (7pm)
Jamie Lewis 4-1 James Richardson
Phil Taylor 4-0 Keegan Brown
Gary Anderson 4-2 Steve West

Quarter-Finals
Friday December 29
Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

Jamie Lewis 5-0 Darren Webster
Dimitri Van den Bergh 4-5 Rob Cross

Evening Session (7pm)
Michael van Gerwen 5-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor 5-3 Gary Anderson

Semi-Finals
Saturday December 30 (7.30pm)
Jamie Lewis 1-5 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 4-5 Rob Cross

Final
Monday January 1 (8pm)
Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor

Format
Preliminary Round - Best of three sets
First Round - Best of five sets
Second Round - Best of seven sets
Third Round - Best of seven sets
Quarter-Finals - Best of nine sets
Semi-Finals - Best of 11 sets
Final - Best of 13 sets
All sets are the best of five legs.
A tie-break would be in operation in all matches other than the Preliminary Round. Any match which goes to a deciding set must be won by two clear legs. If the score in the final set reaches 5-5, a sudden-death leg will be played.

 

Draw Bracket - Round Two Onwards

 

First Round Draw Bracket
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Christian Kist
(32) James Wilson v Krzysztof Ratajski
(16) Gerwyn Price v Ted Evetts
(17) Ian White v Willard Bruguier/Cody Harris
(8) Dave Chisnall v Vincent van der Voort
(25) Steve Beaton v William O'Connor
(9) Raymond van Barneveld v Richard North
(24) Kyle Anderson v Peter Jacques
(5) Mensur Suljovic v Kevin Painter
(28) Robert Thornton v Alan Ljubic/Brendan Dolan
(12) Jelle Klaasen v Jan Dekker
(21) Stephen Bunting v Dimitri Van den Bergh
(4) Daryl Gurney v Ronny Huybrechts
(29) John Henderson v Marko Kantele
(13) Michael Smith v Steve Lennon
(20) Rob Cross v Seigo Asada/Gordon Mathers
(2) Peter Wright v Diogo Portela
(31) Jonny Clayton v Kenny Neyens/Jamie Lewis
(15) Alan Norris v Kim Viljanen
(18) Kim Huybrechts v James Richardson
(7) Adrian Lewis v Aleksandr Oreshkin/Kevin Munch
(26) Cristo Reyes v Toni Alcinas
(10) Simon Whitlock v Martin Schindler
(23) Darren Webster v Devon Petersen
(6) Phil Taylor v Chris Dobey
(27) Justin Pipe v Xiao Chen Zong/Bernie Smith
(11) James Wade v Keegan Brown
(22) Mervyn King v Zoran Lerchbacher
(3) Gary Anderson v Jeff Smith/Luke Humphries
(30) Mark Webster v Kai Fan Leung/Paul Lim
(14) Benito van de Pas v Steve West
(19) Joe Cullen v Jermaine Wattimena

International Qualifiers
Antonio Alcinas
(Spain) - Southern Europe Qualifier
Seigo Asada (Japan) - PDJ Japanese Qualifier
Willard Bruguier (USA) - North American Championship Winner
Brendan Dolan (Northern Ireland) - PDPA Qualifier Runner-Up
Ted Evetts (England) - PDPA Qualifier Winner
Cody Harris (New Zealand) - DPNZ Qualifier
Luke Humphries (England) - PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit Winner
Marko Kantele (Finland) - PDCNB Qualifier
Jamie Lewis (Wales) - PDPA Qualifier Third Place
Paul Lim (Singapore) - South & West Asia Qualifier
Alan Ljubic (Croatia) - East Europe Qualifier
Gordon Mathers (Australia) - DPA Order of Merit Winner
Kevin Munch (Germany) - German Qualifier
Kenny Neyens (Belgium) - Central Europe Qualifier
William O'Connor (Ireland) - Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay Champion
Aleksandr Oreshkin (Russia) - EADC Qualifier
Devon Petersen (South Africa) - Highest placed African on PDC Order of Merit
Diogo Portela (Brazil) - South & Central American Qualifier
Krzysztof Ratajski (Poland) - Highest placed Eastern European on PDC Order of Merit
Jeff Smith (Canada) - NDFC Number One
Kim Viljanen (Finland) - PDCNB Qualifier
Xiaochen Zong (China) - Chinese Qualifier

ROB CROSS produced the performance of his life to win the William Hill World Darts Championship with an incredible 7-2 win over Phil Taylor, as the legendary Stoke thrower ended his career in defeat at Alexandra Palace.

Taylor had been bidding to win a 17th World Championship title to end the sport's most successful career in a blaze of glory as he prepares to move into retirement.

However, Cross produced a display reminiscent of Taylor himself when he had broken through to win the 1990 World Championship with a 6-1 rout of mentor Eric Bristow as the 27-year-old completed his remarkable rise by claiming the biggest title in darts.

Cross watched last year's World Championship final at home as he prepared to join the PDC circuit full-time, but lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy and secured the £400,000 first prize - double his career earnings to date - with an incredible display.

The former electrician won the first three sets without reply, taking out 167 to win the second and 153 to claim the third as he took nine of the opening 11 legs.

Taylor hit back in the fourth with three successive legs, and then missed double 12 for a nine-darter in the opening leg of set five - only to see Cross take that leg and the set to restore his advantage.

He then took the next two sets by a 3-1 scoreline to move 6-1 up as he maintained an average of 107, and though Taylor won the eighth without reply to claim his second set, Cross would not be denied as he won set nine with a 140 checkout to secure the title.

Only two players have averaged more than Cross' 107.67 in the World Championship final, while he added another 11 maximums and a 60 percent checkout rate as he won 21 legs to Taylor's ten.

As Cross lifted what could be the first of many World Championship titles, he was keen to share his moment with the retiring Taylor as the pair lifted the Sid Waddell Trophy in front of the capacity Alexandra Palace crowd.

"I feel great, but I've got to say it's Phil's last year - I've won my first World Championship but it's about him departing and that's why I let him lift the trophy with me," said Cross.

"He's been phenomenal. It was my dream 15 years ago to play this guy and now I've played him. It's absolute phenomenal.

"In the final today it was a dream to play Phil. Watching him with his dominance over the years he has been excellent and you won't see another sportsman like him.

"It's a life changer, it's a fairy-tale."

The significance of being born in the same year as Taylor's demolition job on Bristow was not lost on Cross - who has continually been compared to the 57-year-old in his approach to the game.

"I was born in 1990 so the coincidence may be there as he won his first World title while I took my first breath of air," Cross added.

"But with what he's done for the game I hope he has a happy retirement and I wish him all the best - he's brilliant."

Although disappointed that he could not add to his 11 televised nine-darters with his first in the World Championship, Taylor insisted that his narrow miss on double 12 did not affect the outcome of the match.

"It was close, I think the Paul Lim one would have been better, but it didn't go in and it didn't matter really," said Taylor, referring to Lim's miss at double 12 earlier in the event.

"At the start I thought I was going to lose 7-0 but when I got a set I thought to try and keep the score respectable and try and push him and make him think a bit, but it just didn't happen."

Taylor once again says that there are striking similarities between new World Champion Cross and himself in the way they both play darts.

"I tried my best, I just didn't have that push against him," added Taylor. "He was like me 25 years ago.

"He was good. He was relentless, he just doesn't stop putting you under pressure, and that's the way I used to be.

"I don't think the money with him will make a scrap of difference, I think it's about winning and that's the way I was.

"I'm at the end of my career and he's at the beginning of his career and it was a young man versus an old man. It was a mismatch really, he was a brilliant player."

The £400,000 prize money which Cross took as champion means that he has risen to third on the PDC Order of Merit, incredibly achieving the feat inside 12 months on a two-year ranking list.

Cross will also now make his Unibet Premier League debut in February after being included as one of four debutants - alongside Daryl Gurney, Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price - for the tournament.

Taylor, meanwhile, has seen his retirement marked by the PDC with the renaming of the BetVictor World Matchplay trophy as "The Phil Taylor Trophy" from 2018 onwards, making his amazing 16 Blackpool triumphs.

William Hill World Darts Championship
Monday January 1
Final
Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor
Best of 13 sets

Set-By-Set Information
Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor
Pre-Match Bull:
Phil Taylor has won the bull but given the throw to Rob Cross, who will throw first
First Set
1-0 - Cross holds throw with a solid 84 outshot on a 14-dart leg to start the final.
1-1 - Taylor responds with a 14-darter of his own as Cross suffers two bounce outs.
2-1 - Cross hits TWO 180s in the leg as he takes it in just 12 darts.
3-1 - Taylor hits a 180 but misses two doubles allowing Cross to pinch a break for the set.

Second Set
1-0 - A 180 for Cross helps him to a second successive break of the Taylor throw.
2-0 - A tidy 68 checkout from Cross doubles his advantage in the set.
2-1 - A second 180 of the match and tops finish gets Taylor on the board.
3-1 - Special darts from Cross as he takes out 167 on the bull for the set.

Third Set
1-0 - No let up from Cross as he hits another maximum to kick off with a hold.
2-0 - A fifth 180 of the match and an 11-darter from Cross for a break.
3-0 - Astonishing darts from Cross as he takes out 153 for the set.

Fourth set
0-1 - Cross hits a 180 but Taylor takes out 151 - vintage Taylor but it's all just to hold throw.
0-2 - Taylor backs up that amazing finish with a 14-dart break of throw.
0-3 - Third straight leg for Taylor as he cleans up 80 to get a set on the board.

Fifth Set
1-0 - Incredible! Taylor just misses double 12 for a NINE-DARTER, but then loses the leg as he misses three further darts at doubles before Cross takes out 83.
2-0 - Cross now backs up that leg with an 11-darter to break.
3-0 - Just a standard 14-darter for Cross, with an eighth 180 thrown in.

Sixth Set
1-0 - Relentless Cross hits a 180 and another 11-darter to start the set.
2-0 - Yet another maximum for Cross and this time a 13-dart leg.
2-1 - Taylor hits a 80 of his own and a 123 finish to hold throw.
3-1 - This time it's 14 darts for Cross who takes out 84 for the set.

Seventh Set
1-0 - Cross hasn't missed double 18 yet - he nails it again to take out 56 and a 13-darter.
1-1 - A 13-darter from Taylor with a 180 but yet again on his own throw.
2-1 - An 11th 180 for Cross helps him go ahead.
3-1 - Taylor lands a 180, but misses the bull for a 161 finish as Cross steps in to take out 93 for a 12-darter to move a set away from the title.

Eighth Set
0-1 - Cross actually misses a couple of doubles for once - Taylor doesn't as he lands double 16.
0-2 - A 180 and a 12-darter for Taylor in a rare break of the Cross throw.
0-3 - Another two missed doubles from Cross as Taylor takes the set.

Ninth Set
1-0 - 13 darts is all it takes for Cross to go ahead as he seeks to close out the win.
2-0 - Cross lands a 177 as he completes back-to-back 13 darters, despite a Taylor 180.
3-0 - He's done it! An amazing finish as Cross takes out 140 to win it in style - incredible darts as he scores 59, 140, 162 and then checks out 140 for the title!

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