Peter Wright admitted he made “hard work” of nailing his first Unibet Premier League win of the season.
The Livingston star finally got his campaign off and running thanks to grinding out a 7-5 win over a very stubborn Rob Cross in Cardiff last night (Thurs).
Snakebite roared into a 3-0 lead but Voltage kept plugging away and forced it to a nail-biting finale with Wright needing double five to wrap it up.
He said: “I made it hard work for myself. Rob Cross is never going to give you a game anyway, he is a fantastic player.
“Obviously he’s had his issues of trying to get himself back but I’m happy to get the win obviously.
“I’m finding it hard work, I’m putting too much pressure on myself. But I think I’ve got to relax a little bit more.
“I made a good start but Rob stayed with me and that’s why he is a World Champion, he will never give up. World Champions don’t just give you games. That’s why it was so close.”
Gerwyn Price received a phenomenal welcome from the Welsh fans but struggled to get a point against a supercool Superchin Daryl Gurney.
The Iceman said: “The crowd tonight were fantastic. I think Daryl got a bit of what I had for most of last year!
“It’s tough to play up there when the crowd is on your back. Fair play to Daryl he hit a couple of doubles under real pressure. I think Daryl deserved to win that game.
“A draw is a draw. I’m not happy but I picked up a point.
“I thought Daryl started really well, I just feel everyone is playing well against me. It’s a good compliment to me really.
“I wasn’t on my A game today. I’m happy with a point.”
2020 Unibet Premier League Night Three
Thursday February 20Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Peter Wright 7-5 Rob Cross
Michael Smith 7-1 Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall 7-5 Michael van Gerwen
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Gerwyn Price
Glen Durrant 7-4 Gary Anderson
By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)