Rob Cross comes into Premier League contention after back-to-back wins

Rob Cross comes into Premier League contention after back-to-back wins

Cross had a shaky start but consecutive wins have seen him well backed for a title charge

Rob Cross took some time in getting used to the Premier League stage but ‘Voltage’ is now well and truly in the groove, as he beat Raymond van Barneveld convincingly on Thursday in Berlin.

Cross finished on a fantastic 128 checkout to dispatch the 2015 Premier League winner and move himself off the bottom of the table.

Bookies reacted instinctively, with some putting the Hastings star at just 4/1 to win in his debut season, cut from 10/1 that was available this morning.

However a best price of 8/1 is available on Voltage, who has been the most backed player over the last week with 46% of all total bets.

Michael van Gerwen remains the odds-on favourite at 8/13 to retain his title, as he easily dispatched Daryl Gurney in front of a PDC record crowd of 12,000 at the Mercedes-Benz arena.

Finally, the biggest market mover continues to be Michael Smith, with Bully Boy now just 20/1 to be victorious at The O2 in May. The St Helens marksman was 80s at the tournament, but four wins from four have propelled him to the top of the tree.

Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “People were starting to doubt the Champion of the World, but back-to-back victories have quashed those whispers and more punters are beginning to back the young man who is continuing to break new ground. Bookies have him generally as third favourite, but the 8/1 may drop further if he continues to pick up steam.”