Peter Wright and Rob Cross win Players Championship titles
Last Updated: 18/06/18 10:47am
Peter Wright won his first PDC title of the year with a 6-4 victory over Rob Cross in the final of Players Championship 14 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan on Sunday.
The world No 2 held off a fightback from reigning world champion Cross, who was bidding for a second Players Championship crown of the weekend.
Wright secured wins over Ross Twell, Davy Van Baelen, Josh Payne, Toni Alcinas, Dimitri Van den Bergh, Jermaine Wattimena and Cross en route to clinching the £10,000 top prize.
A winner of seven Players Championship titles in his career, Wright had reached four PDC ranking event finals in 2018 before going all the way in Sunday's tournament.
"I thought I was going to throw it away there, I was glad to see the winning dart go in," said Wright. "My form has been very inconsistent, I can't explain why but hopefully I've got that sorted now and I'll be on the up from here.
"I had so much confidence coming into the weekend and I said I was going to win both titles, but to win one tournament with the standard of play here is a big achievement so I'm happy with that. I feel like I've been coming into form recently, it's just a case of building some consistency now to keep winning more titles."
Cross won Saturday's Players Championship 13 after seeing off Ian White 6-4 in the final. The world No 3 produced a 100.3 average in his second ProTour final of 2018 to stave off a comeback from White, who fought back from 4-0 down.
"When I turned up I believed I could do great things," said Cross on Saturday. "I was maybe a bit fortunate today, a few people missed match darts against me but I was there to get the job done and get the important wins.
"Ian is a great player - the way he holds himself, he does everything as a true professional and he fought back hard in that final, maybe it could've gone the other way."
Cross recorded wins over Kevin Burness, William O'Connor, Ron Meulenkamp, John Henderson, Jonny Clayton, Stephen Bunting and White en route to victory.