Moon Sports Round-Up
PDC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Rob Cross (England) 7
Phil Taylor (England) 2
At The Alexandra Palace, Harringay, London
There was no fairytale ending for Phil Taylor as he was crushed in his final ever match by Rob Cross, a 27 year old who had only been playing professionally for a year. Cross had beaten Michael Van Gerwin in an epic Semi Final but showed no signs of fatigue taking the first three sets before Taylor got on the board which included checkouts of 167 and 153.
Taylor had a chance to get back to 3-2 but missed a double 12 in the key leg and Cross punished it. Cross then blitzed through another two sets to go one away at 6-1.Taylor won the eighth set 3-0 but there was to be no comeback. Cross claimed the title with a 140 checkout which fittingly personified his entire performance.
Cross averaged over 107 and in some ways had done to Taylor what the Power has done to countless opponents over the years. Can Cross become the new long term face of darts? Who knows, but with young Jamie Lewis also reaching his first World Championship Semi Final along with the emergence of Cross, the long term future of Darts looks in good hands as the old master bows out.
1ST ODI – Pakistan Tour of New Zealand
1ST ODI – AT THE BASIN RESERVE, WELLINGTON
New Zealand 315-7 (50) (Williamson 115, Munro 58, Nicholls 50)
Pakistan 166-6 (30.1) (Zaman 82*)
NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 61 RUNS (D/L) AND LEAD THE SERIES 1-0
Kane Williamson was the star as his 115 led New Zealand to victory in a rain hit match in Wellington. Colin Munro and Henry Nichols also added half centuries as New Zealand put 315 on the board. Pakistan never got close to their adjusted target after a rain delay. Despite the efforts of Fakhar Zaman with 82 Not Out, the hosts were always in control. Tim Southee took three wickets for New Zealand as they ran out easy winners in the end.
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN
Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Hopman Cup Final
At The Perth Arena, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Roger Federer led the way as Switzerland claimed their third Hopman Cup trophy in Perth. Facing Germany in the Final. Federer came from a set down to beat Alexader Zvarev to give Switzerland the lead. Germany leveled through Angelique Kerber beating Belinda Bencic.
This set up a doubles decider with the rules changed as it is four games not six to a set. The Swiss pair took it in straight sets with Federer paying tribute to Martina Hingis, who he said had a huge influence on his own belief that someone from a nation like Switzerland can have a great career in the game.