Cross hands Wright consecutive first round exits at World Grand Prix, White holds his nerve in sudden death Anderson win
Cross produced a commanding win over Wright with some superb form from 'Voltage' who denied a bullish Wright a chance to add the World Grand Prix to his collection and diminishes his World Number One hopes for now.
To begin the tie, Wright pinned an 82 checkout to hold his throw with bullseye, 16, double eight.
A 180 and 69 checkout on double six saw Cross level up as the holds of throw continued. But pivotally Cross went 2-1 ahead with a 70 checkout with a break of throw before sealing the set straight into double nine.
Wright failed to get in till his third visit and despite a late 180, Cross hit double 10 to go two away.
He missed bull for a 170 checkout and Wright levelled up. Cross produced once more with a 156 start with a 137 set up to leave 32 as his quality darts returned.
But both had double trouble as Wright spurned a chance at a break and Cross went one away.
He held with a 58 checkout to seal it with Wright sat on 32 to force a deciding set.
While Ian White eventually held his nerve to send home Gary Anderson in a 2-1 win in a gruelling sudden death leg and will now face Darius Labanauskas in the second round.
White recovered from 2-0 down to snatch the first set in a deciding leg against Anderson, this was despite 14 missed darts at doubles.
He found himself on the brink of victory and missed two match darts and Anderson kept it alive in a decider to level up at 1-1.
They exchanged breaks before Anderson missed multiple darts to go 2-1 up and White went one away again with a last dart in hand double 10.
A 180 and double four saw Anderson force a decider with White though having six at 92 and leaving double eight pinning double 16 and busting.
White missed three more match darts at double eight but was allowed back with Anderson missing 78 and 'Diamond' finally got over the line.