ROB CROSS is one win away from joining Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor as the third player in history to top the Unibet Premier League table at the end of the league phase.
Cross moved a step closer to joining the elite club with an 8-4 victory over Mensur Suljovic in Sheffield last week, and a win over James Wade in Leeds this Thursday would guarantee his place at the top of the pile after the full 16 nights of action.
In doing so, the former World Champion would end Van Gerwen's record of topping the league phase every year since his 2013 debut, while also pocketing the £25,000 bonus for topping the standings.
"It would be a real privilege to join Phil and Michael on the list of league phase winners," said Cross, who has already won ten matches in this year's competition, more than any other player.
"If it was easy to do then there would be a fair few more players on that list, so I can't take for granted how special it would be.
"I'm just enjoying myself up there at the moment, like I did last week against Mensur, and I think that's when I'm at my most dangerous.
"I'm three years into my professional career now and in that time I think I've become more hardened as a player. I've learnt quickly and I want to use my experience to become a better player in the future.
"I've got a tough game against James on Thursday, he's played brilliant darts throughout the Premier League and he's got a great chance to qualify.
"I'm going to have to play proper darts to get the win and I believe I will."
The 16th and final league phase night of the Unibet Premier League in Leeds will be shown live on Sky Sports, worldwide through the PDC's broadcast partners, and through video.pdc.tv for Rest of the World Subscribers.
Tickets for Thursday's Unibet Premier League at the First Direct Arena in Leeds are still available and can be PURCHASED HERE or by calling 0844 248 1585.
Hospitality Packages can be purchased through Sport and Music.
Night 16 - Thursday May 16
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
James Wade v Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic
Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
Tickets: 0844 248 1585 or click here