Humphries denies Cross in a thriller

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Luke Humphries expresses his delight as he ends the World Championship reign of Rob Cross. Photography: Lawrence Lustig / PDC

Luke Humphries ended Rob Cross’ reign as World Champion as the Newbury-based ace stunned Cross in a 4-2 victory. For Humphries, it’s been a life-changing World Championship campaign. And with victories over three World Champions of different sorts en route to the Quarter-Finals, Humphries will be on cloud nine ahead of the last eight. 

Humphries will take on Michael Smith in what’s set to be a mouth-watering Quarter-Final clash tomorrow evening. En route to securing his place in the last eight of the William Hill World Darts Championship, Humphries was up against it early on as he trailed 2-0 in sets. 

But, despite being two sets behind, Humphries was still averaging in the mid-to-high 90’s, and he produced an excellent third set to reduce the deficit to 2-1 with legs of 14, 14 and 15 darts. 

The confidence and momentum was heading in the direction of Humphries as the match went on, the Berkshire star produced a trio of 15-dart legs to level up the match at 2-2 with questions being asked of the now former World Champion. 

At this stage, Cross was hanging on to Humphries coattails as the 23-year old just got better and better. He averaged 101.47 to take the fifth set which left Cross with no room for error. It looked like a seventh and deciding set was looming as Cross opened up a 2-0 lead in the sixth set, but Humphries battled back expertly to level up the set at 2-2 in just 25 darts. With the throw in the sixth set, Humphries crucially ended proceedings with a 14-dart leg as the 23-year old sunk to his knees in delight.


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