Cross a comfortable winner, Van Gerwen rusty but victorious on return to action as 1st Round of Nordic Darts Masters comes to an end

Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen have secured the final two quarter-final spots available at the PDC Nordic Darts Masters after wins over Vladimir Andersen and Andreas Harrysson in Copenhagen.

Andersen, the Danish number one would have entered this event with big hopes of showing his compatriots just what he is capable of. Sadly for him however, Cross barely had to get out of second gear in a 6-1 victory.

A stunning 141 checkout by the former World Champion after Andersen had missed his first dart at double made it 4-0 and looked to have been the final nail in the coffin for the young Dane. With Cross seemingly coasting to a 6-0 victory, Voltage suffered some unexpected double trouble when trying to cross the finish line allowing Andersen to take out double top and get a consolation leg on the board.

Michael van Gerwen, returning to PDC action for the first time since his World Championship final heartbreak, wasted little time settling back into things, opening up the match with a 12-dart hold of throw.

A much scrappier 2nd leg saw a host of missed darts by the Dutchman allowing the bearded Swede Andreas Harrysson to square things up. Despite a clear rustiness on the doubles, van Gerwen had more than enough quality to still get past his opponent and emerge a 6-3 victor.

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