Darts world champion Rob Cross off the mark in Premier League

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World champion Rob Cross claimed his maiden Premier League win by beating 2017 runner-up Peter Wright 7-4 in Newcastle.

The former electrician endured a tough start to life in his debut campaign, losing heavily to Michael van Gerwen and Simon Whitlock.

But, Cross broke his duck at the third attempt as he hit four 180s and averaged 98.46.

However, in beating Wright, things all turned a bit sour after the match, with the loser refusing to shake the victor’s hand.

There had been some complaints made throughout the game by Wright regarding Cross’ behaviour, but not many could see what the former was complaining about.

Despite that, Wright refused to shake hands with Cross at the end of the game, and that sparked quite a reaction online from darts fans.

Watch the incident in the video below.

As you can see, Wright made no effort to congratulate Cross, and even went as far as pushing his hand away.

Darts fans and sports fans in general were not happy with Wright after his actions, and they took to Twitter to vent about the loser.


Afterwards, Cross told TalkSPORT 2 the following: “I feel I’ve done nothing wrong… I didn’t see that incident with Peter coming. He’s accused me of stomping.”

Elsewhere, Van Gerwen returned to winning ways courtesy of a 7-3 triumph over Gary Anderson.

In a match of high quality, the defending champion responded to last week’s defeat to Wright in style by averaging 110.26 with a checkout percentage of 58.33 and seven maximums.

Anderson, who averaged a brilliant 110.79, had clawed his way back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with a stunning 170 checkout after Van Gerwen had hit seven perfect darts.

Michael Smith and Whitlock are joint top of the table having maintained their 100 per cent records in the north east.

Smith won five legs on the spin to seal a 7-2 victory over Mensur Suljovic, who remains pointless, while Whitlock saw off Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 in the final match of the evening.

Newcomers Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney remain without wins after the Welshman fought back from 5-1 down to secure a 6-6 draw.

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