The Cazoo Masters continues on Saturday, as eight second round ties take place at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.
Day Two of the year’s showpiece will see the eight seeded stars take on Friday’s first round winners for a place in Sunday’s final stages.
World Champion Michael Smith takes on European Champion Ross Smith, while five-time Masters winner Michael van Gerwen plays Jose De Sousa.
Elsewhere, 2020 champion Peter Wright meets two-time runner-up Dave Chisnall, with fourth seed Gerwyn Price up against Dutch star Dirk van Duijvenbode.
The pair fired in eight 180s apiece in an astonishing contest, which saw Cross average 112.32 to Anderson’s 111.17 – the second and fourth highest averages in the event’s 11-year history.
Cross made a blistering start to race 4-0 ahead, kicking off with legs of 11, 13, 12 and 14 darts – featuring a 124 finish in leg three – before Anderson opened his account with a 109 outshot.
Cross restored his four-leg buffer at 7-3 after following up a clinical 81 kill with another 11-darter, defying a brace of 12-darters from Anderson in the latter stages to cap off a devastating display.
In Saturday afternoon’s opener, UK Open champion Danny Noppert produced a terrific fightback to deny Stephen Bunting in a dramatic last-leg decider.
Noppert, who trailed 6-2 at one stage, reeled off five straight legs to seize the initiative, before converting 120 and 112 checkouts in the closing stages to move to the brink of victory.
The Dutchman then wired the bull for a spectacular 170 clincher, but he pinned double eight to prevail on his return, setting up a last eight tussle against Michael or Ross Smith.
Chris Dobey continued his fine form at the Marshall Arena, following up his opening round win over defending champion Joe Cullen with a 10-8 victory over fifth seed Luke Humphries.
Humphries recovered from 8-5 adrift to level at eight apiece, but a sensational 160 finish from Dobey turned the tide, as the Bedlington thrower sealed his spot in a maiden Masters quarter-final.
Elsewhere, 2021 champion Jonny Clayton eased through to the quarter-finals with an emphatic 10-3 success against 2014 winner James Wade to preserve his hopes of a second title in Milton Keynes.
Clayton stormed into a 5-0 lead with a 104 average, and although Wade enjoyed a brief rally midway through the tie, the Welshman won the last three legs without reply to progress in style.