Darts: Hendo’s dream is dead but he still has belief for future

John Henderson reacts during his Third Round Match against Rob Cross.

The PDC world championship dream of Huntly’s John Henderson is over after he lost out 4-1 to Rob Cross in the third round at Alexandra Palace.

The Highlander lost the opening two sets but fought back to make it 2-1 with a superb 125 checkout.

However, Masada ace Henderson ​lost the following two sets to exit the tournament.

Henderson, 44, had already produced one of the biggest shocks of the tournament by defeating fourth seed Daryl Gurney in the previous round.

In year to remember, Hendo also overcame world number one Michael van Gerwen on his way to the Grand Prix semi-finals recently.

Henderson admits he has new found belief after those impressive wins.

He said: “When I walked into the Ally Pally for the last round against Daryl I felt as though a weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

“I hadn’t won a game on that stage since 2013 when I beat Dave Chisnall.

“Just to get through that first round gave me a massive lift. Everyone has been so supportive of me back home and it has taken me aback.

“It was such a great experience to go through and play after Christmas.”

Hastings man Cross, who finished with a 99 average and seven 180s produced a strong performance to see off the Scotsman.

After falling 2-0 behind in sets Henderson won a set with 136 and 125 finishes doing the damage.

Henderson pushed Cross in the fourth set, but the Englishman produced a 102 finish to go 2-1 in front when the big Scot looked favourite, and from there Cross took the set.

Cross won the fifth set 3-0, securing the win in style with a 10 darter.

Cross said: “John played very well and his hundred-plus finishing every shot he got at a double he was superb.

“I’m happy to go through but I have to push every set if you’re going to win and I’m not quite doing that yet.”