Corey Cadby wins maiden senior PDC title with UK Open Qualifier success in Wigan
By Sky Sports Darts
Last Updated: 11/02/18 12:47pm
Corey Cadby produced a stirring fightback to claim his first senior PDC title as he defeated world champion Rob Cross to win Saturday's UK Open Qualifier Five in Wigan.
The Australian, in only his fifth PDC ProTour event since he secured his Tour Card through Q-School last month, claimed five straight legs for a 6-4 success.
Cadby showed great resolve against Cross, who has struggled to reproduce the form which saw him upstage the biggest names in darts on his debut appearance at Alexandra Palace, to secure his first UK Open spot in Minehead next month and the £10,000 top prize.
UK Open Qualifiers - Winners
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Cross, who reached Friday's UK Open Qualifier Four semi-final, started the stronger of the two in the final and opened up a 4-1 cushion over the 22-year-old but responded in fine fashion as a remarkable 161 checkout saw him draw level.
Cadby hit the front for the first time in the match with double ten and finished proceedings with an impressive 134 combination finish to deny Cross a fifth PDC ProTour win.
'The King' began with a whitewash success against three-time world champion John Part before he was then indebted to missed match darts by Benito van de Pas to stay in the hunt.
He then overcame Jason Lowe and Darren Johnson 6-3 and 6-2 respectively before he got the better of countryman Simon Whitlock, who has won both his opening Premier League Darts matches, in the last 16.
A 6-4 victory over another Premier League competitor Michael Smith moved the youngster into the last four where he eased past Kim Huybrechts 6-1 before his comeback victory over Cross in the final, a match in which he averaged almost 109.
Wow what a day 🏆. Massive thank you for all the messages through the day. So happy to win my first @OfficialPDC ranking title. Played some amazing players today and had to work so hard, but never doubt your own ability 👊🏻👊🏻🎯🎯 these @TargetDarts darts are feeling great.— Corey Cadby (@KingCadby180) February 10, 2018
"Last week I didn't really perform as well as I know I should, but today I played really well," said Cadby.
"I was 5-1 down against Benito and managed to come back and win 6-5 so I was pretty rapt with that win, and it was onwards and upwards from there.
"I shouldn't have won that, and from the next games onwards I was a free man and I just played my own game. I know what I'm capable of and it's just whether you put the darts in the board and perform."
Cadby, who had moved from Melbourne to base himself in the UK this year, admitted that Cross' World Championship success on his debut year on the circuit had offered him inspiration of a similar success story.
"Everyone wants to be world champion and Rob doing what he did last year goes to show that if you win your Tour Card, anyone has a chance," added the 22-year-old.
"He's done it and I'm looking to do it as well, but you've got to let your darts do the talking."
The final UK Open Qualifier will be held on Sunday.
Premier League Darts continues next Thursday when the party rolls into Newcastle - coverage from the Metro Radio Arena begins at 7pm on Sky Sports Action
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