PDC European Tour: Luke Humphries beats Rob Cross to win in Stuttgart

PDC European Tour: Luke Humphries beats Rob Cross to win in Stuttgart

Luke Humphries scooped a third £25,000 European Tour triumph of 2022 in style with a deciding leg shoot-out win against Rob Cross at the European Darts Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Sunday; “I’m making huge strides in the game and there’s a lot more to come”

Last Updated: 22/05/22 11:39pm


Luke Humphries claimed the Interwetten European Darts Grand Prix title in Stuttgart on Sunday

Luke Humphries claimed his third European Tour title of 2022 with a stunning 8-7 win over Rob Cross in Sunday’s Interwetten European Darts Grand Prix final.

Humphries was victorious against Cross a week ago in Prague to claim the Czech Darts Open title, and matched that result to scoop a third £25,000 European Tour triumph of 2022 in style.

Cross took the final all the way to a deciding leg but was agonisingly left just short of victory for a seventh time on the European Tour – and in his third decider of the year – as Humphries took out 108 for the title.

“It’s fantastic,” said Humphries. “Rob’s one of the nicest guys in the PDC and it’s no coincidence [that] we have practiced together for the last two European Tours and made the final together.

“It was a great game, full of everything. At the start of that game we must have been averaging 113-114, it felt amazing. I know I dropped off a little bit but then I missed because Rob put me under pressure.

“I thought I played fantastic there but Rob was the better player overall because he was consistent throughout the whole game.

“I missed a couple of match darts but that 108 was clinical and one of the best out-shots of my career.

“I’m making huge strides in the game and there’s a lot more to come.”

Rob Cross (left) agonisingly left just short of victory for a seventh time on the European Tour

Rob Cross (left) agonisingly left just short of victory for a seventh time on the European Tour

Humphries built his form as the day progressed, seeing off Joe Murnan 6-3 in the third round, whitewashing Brendan Dolan in the quarter-finals with a 100 average and then posting a 108 average in a brilliant 7-4 semi-final defeat of Peter Wright.

Cross, the reigning European Champion was left to rue another loss in a European Tour final – his seventh in a run spanning five years since turning professional in 2017.

“I’m glad I don’t struggle with ‘majors’ to win them – these are 10 times harder!” admitted Cross.

“Credit to Luke, I thought he played great, he was the better player and if he hit doubles earlier I was out of there earlier.

“He’s superb and I’ve got a lot of time for him.”

The PDC European Tour continues next weekend with the Jack’s Dutch Darts Championship at the Ijsselhallen in Zwolle from May 27-29.

The best of the action from Night 15 of the Premier League Darts in London as Joe Cullen moved into the playoff spots

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The best of the action from Night 15 of the Premier League Darts in London as Joe Cullen moved into the playoff spots

The best of the action from Night 15 of the Premier League Darts in London as Joe Cullen moved into the playoff spots

Interwetten European Darts Grand Prix
Sunday May 22
Afternoon Session
Third Round

Martin Schindler 6-5 Martin Lukeman
Damon Heta 6-5 Ryan Searle
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-3 Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Andrew Gilding
Luke Humphries 6-3 Joe Murnan
Peter Wright 6-1 Jonny Clayton
Danny Noppert 6-4 Nathan Rafferty

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals

Damon Heta 6-5 Martin Schindler
Rob Cross 6-4 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Luke Humphries 6-0 Brendan Dolan
Peter Wright 6-1 Danny Noppert

Semi-Finals
Rob Cross 7-4 Damon Heta
Luke Humphries 7-4 Peter Wright

Final
Luke Humphries 8-7 Rob Cross

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