Czech Darts Open: Luke Humphries beats Rob Cross to claim second European title of the season | Darts News


Luke Humphries beat Michael van Gerwen and Dimitri Van den Bergh on the way to the final in Prague; Humphries won his second European Tour title in as many months after winning the German Darts Grand Prix in April

Last update: 05/15/22 23:09

Luke Humphries won his second European Tour title of the season

Luke Humphries won his second European Tour title in the space of a month in Prague on Sunday, beating Rob Cross 8-5 in the Czech Open darts final.

Humphries further cemented his reputation as one of the sport’s hottest prospects with impressive victories over Michael van Gerwen and Dimitri Van den Bergh en route to the final.

Winner of the German Darts Grand Prix in April, Humphries averaged 100.34 in the final to claim his third PDC ranking victory of 2022.

Humphries took control early in the final as he took a 4-1 lead, before Cross piled in a jaw-dropping 145 to gain a foothold in the contest.

The tenth inning saw Cross pounce on four missed doubles from Humphries to break the pitch and tie it at 5-5.

Humphries lifts Czech Darts Open trophy

Humphries lifts Czech Darts Open trophy

However, a crucial final double darts top saw Humphries come back before reeling off the final two innings in 26 darts to pocket the winner’s prize of £25,000.

“Winning one Euro Tour was great, but winning two is amazing – I’m in heaven,” said Humphries.

“I think the final was the best I’ve played all weekend. Rob and I are good friends and he pushed me really hard.

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“When you do that final it’s tough because you’re tired after a long day and when he put out the 145 it wore me out. But I think the last two runs say a lot about my game and testify of who I am now.

“I have to start believing that I’m one of the best players in the world. I have that confidence in my game, I feel like I’m taking the next step now.”

Meanwhile, Cross suffered an unwanted familiar feeling as he suffered a sixth defeat in his sixth European Tour final.

Rob Cross was a finalist in Prague

Rob Cross was a finalist in Prague

“Thanks to Luke, he was brilliant,” said Cross, who beat Ross Smith and Vincent van der Voort earlier in the day.

“I struggled to hold my throw, that was my Achilles heel in that one.”

On Sunday, the tournament reached its climax with the last 16 matches in the afternoon, before the evening session saw the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final played out.

Czech number one Adam Gawlas delighted the home crowd with a dramatic 6-5 win over Ryan Searle in the last 16, before his dream run was cut short by Van der Voort in the quarter-finals.




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