A brilliant night of Premier League darts in Newcastle was somewhat overshadowed by an on-stage row between Peter Wright and Rob Cross, with Wright refusing to shake hands with the world champion before leaving the stage after their match.
Cross had come in to the night bottom of the table following two defeats from his opening two matches and desperately needing a victory. In contrast, Wright was on a high having beaten world number one Michael van Gerwen last week.
It was Cross who came out on top in their encounter though, moving 6-3 up to ensure a point and capitalising on missed double chances by his opponent to take a 7-4 win. It was Cross’ first points of his debut Premier League season and he was clearly pleased to have lifted himself off the foot of the table.
However, Wright was obviously disappointed to have lost and seemed to have a bee in his bonnet about something else which occurred during the match.
As Cross went to shake hands with his opponent, Wright stepped back, raised his arms in the air and then pointed at the oche while seemingly complaining about something.
The Scot then left the stage clearly angered.
In his post-match interview, Cross refused to speculate as to the reasoning behind the spat and said he would talk to Wright afterwards.
In other action on the night, Van Gerwen overcame two-time world champion Gary Anderson 7-3 in an absolute classic of a match.
The Dutchman hit seven 180s and finished with a three-dart average of 110.62 as he beat an opponent who averaged slightly higher and took out a 170 finish before running in to double trouble towards the end.
Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock both kept 100 per cent winning records, with Smith beating Mensur Suljovic 7-2 and Whitlock overcoming Raymond van Barneveld 7-4.
Both Smith and Whitlock were bookies’ favourites to finish bottom of the table and suffer early elimination, but they have put in tremendous performances to sit atop the table after round three.
The other match on the night saw Northern Irish dartist Daryl Gurney throw away a 5-1 lead to draw 6-6 with Welshman Gerwyn Price.
Next week, the action moves to Europe as night four of the 2018 Premier League takes place in Berlin for the first time ever.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena
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