We profile the 2018 World Champion Rob Cross as he bids to add more titles to his trophy cabinet.
The 2018 World Championship win is the biggest triumph on Cross’ record.
It was an incredible victory for Voltage, who was making his debut in the event and he went on to lift the biggest prize in darts having never previously played a World Championship match on the Alexandra Palace stage.
The 33-year-old is the only player to win the PDC World Championship at the first attempt - barring players who have played in the BDO World Championship - and there are plenty of other titles on Cross’ card.
Voltage won the 2019 World Matchplay title, one of the sport’s Grand Slam events, and that was a superb effort which saw him beat Michael Smith in the final.
The Kent arrowsmith lifted the European Championship title in the same season and he again captured that continental crown in 2021.
Cross has been a prolific winner on the Pro Tour, winning eight Players Championship events since 2017, and the 32-year-old also triumphed in the 2018 Brisbane Darts Masters.
Things have been a little lean for Cross in recent times, but having won the European Darts Grand Prix, New Zealand Darts Masters and New South Wales Darts Masters, along with finishing runner-up at the Grand Slam of Darts, Voltage appears to be performing at the peak of his powers.
Cross is currently ranked number eight on the PDC Pro Tour, having collected £529,000 in ranking points over the course of the past two years.
It has been a remarkable rise for a player that was competing as an amateur, having won a Riley’s qualifier, as recently as the 2016 UK Open.
Following his exploits in the UK Open, Voltage joined the Challenge Tour, won three tournaments, reached two other finals and those efforts landed him a PDC Tour Card for the 2017-18 season.
The Hastings man finished the 2018 and 2019 seasons as the world number two, before a period of indifferent form saw Voltage slip to fourth in the rankings at the end of the 2020 campaign.
Cross is 33 years old. He was just 27 when he beat Phil Taylor to be crowned world champion in 2018.
Cross was born in Pembury, Kent and spent much of his early life growing up in nearby Edenbridge.
Cross has collected £529,000 in prize money over a two-year period in ranking tournaments.
He has not been involved in the lucrative invitational Premier League event this term, but the 33-year-old picked up £30,000 alone for reaching the final of the Masters earlier this season.
The former electrician pocketed £400,000 when winning the 2018 World Championship.
Target manufactures the darts used by Cross, who throws a 21g, 90 per cent tungsten, 48mm slim barrel Generation 2 dart.
Aside from World Championship and major tournament success, Cross has plenty of further achievements on his record.
Voltage won the 2016 PDC Challenge Tour Order of Merit, where he also hit a nine-dart finish during his time on the second-tier tour.
The 32-year-old broke into the top-20 in his first year on the Pro Tour and lifted the World Championship title on his debut appearance at Alexandra Palace.
Cross went from an electrician to world champion in only 18 months.
He joined Dennis Priestley, John Part, Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson, as the only players to have beaten the legendary Phil Taylor in a final of the PDC World Championship.
Cross' previous occupation was an electrician, which is where his nickname 'Voltage' comes from.