Luke Humphries sealed his second European Tour title in the space of a month with victory at the 2022 Czech…
Luke Humphries sealed his second European Tour title in the space of a month with victory at the 2022 Czech Darts Open, defeating Rob Cross 8-5 in the final.
Humphries, who had opened his account at the German Darts Grand Prix in April, stormed to another £25,000 title in Prague to move into the world’s top 16.
The 27-year-old began the final day of action by defeating world number nine Dimitri van den Bergh 6-4 before inflicting a second Euro Tour defeat of the season on Michael van Gerwen with a 6-4 success in the Quarter-Finals.
The Newbury ace then landed a 170 checkout and averaged 99 in a 7-4 win over Jose de Sousa to seal his spot in the final.
Humphries took early control in the final as he raced into a 4-1 lead, before Cross piled in a rot-stopping 145 checkout to gain a foothold in the contest.
The tenth leg saw Cross pounce on four missed darts at doubles from Humphries to break throw and level at five apiece.
However, a crucial last dart double top saw Humphries break straight back before reeling off the last two legs in 26 darts to clinch the title.
“To win one Euro Tour was great, but to win two is unbelievable – I’m over the moon,” said Humphries.
“I think the final was the best I played all weekend. Rob and I are good friends and he pushed me really hard.
“When you make that final it’s hard because you’re tired after a long day and when he took the 145 out it drained me.
“But I think the last two legs show a lot about my game and are testament to what I am now.
“I need to start believing I’m one of the best players in the world.
“I’m getting that confidence in my game, I feel like I’m making the next step now.
“I want to be in the Premier League. If I can keep playing like this on the stage then it will come.”
Cross was left to suffer an unwanted familiar feeling as he endured a sixth defeat in a European Tour final from as many appearances.
“Credit to Luke, he was brilliant,” said Cross. “I struggled to hold my throw, that was my Achilles’ Heel in that one.
“I really enjoyed my weekend here, Prague has played host to a fantastic tournament with an amazing crowd.
“I wasn’t at my best today but I almost got the result and I’ll move onto the next one.”
Cross began the day by dispatching Ricky Evans 6-2, before overcoming Ross Smith 6-4 and Vincent van der Voort 7-4 to reach the final.
Meanwhile, Czech number one Adam Gawlas sent the home crowd into raptures with a dramatic 6-5 win over Ryan Searle in the Last 16, before his dream run was ended by Van der Voort in the Quarter-Finals.
Czech Darts Open 2022 – Day Three Results
Sunday May 15
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Jose de Sousa 6-5 Jose Justicia
Dimitri van den Bergh 4-6 Luke Humphries
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Rob Cross 6-2 Ricky Evans
Ross Smith 6-4 Dave Chisnall
Adam Gawlas 6-5 Ryan Searle
Adrian Lewis 3-6 Vincent van der Voort
Jose de Sousa Rowby-John Rodriguez
Luke Humphries 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 6-4 Ross Smith
Vincent van der Voort 6-2 Adam Gawlas
Luke Humphries 7-4 Jose de Sousa
Rob Cross 7-4 Vincent van der Voort
Luke Humphries 8-5 Rob Cross