Rob Cross, despite averaging 102 in a 10-3 Masters thrashing of Ian White, admitted to feeling “rusty”.

The world champion’s return to the big stage was a complete success in Milton Keynes. Seven maximums and a 167 checkout lit up a straightforward win for the third seed. But Voltage, though pleased to return to action, was not fully satisfied with his performance.

“It’s been a busy time since the World Championship but I’m glad to be back to work in a way,” he said.

“I still felt confident that I would play well but I felt rusty today and it was weird. It’s been four weeks since I played properly and I’ve been kicking my heels waiting for this, so I’m happy to win and I got the job done.”

The highest checkout of the night was the moment Cross pointed to as a significant turning point in his win against 14th seed White.

“Ian never really got going but I think the 167 hurt him and it gave me a foothold in the game and I got ahead of him.

“I know I can do better and it should be a great game when I play Mensur Suljovic on Sunday,” Cross said.

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Author: Edward McCosh