Following the match, it's fair to say relief was Humphries primary emotion. “I was in so much control, and I’m lucky I’m not walking off this stage absolutely devastated,” said 'Cool Hand Luke' who at one point was 5-1 up. Missing eight match darts though, Humphries allowed Dobey back in before the Premier League player then returned the favour and missed three match darts of his own.
Schedule/Preview Sunday afternoon session 2023 European Darts Grand Prix including Humphries-Van Barneveld and Van Veen-Rock
For Humphries, retaining his title is about more than just adding to his trophy collection. If the Englishman could win the tournament, a spot alongside Michael Smith at the World Cup of Darts awaits him.
“There’s a lot for me to play for this weekend. I’m here to get as much ranking money as I can, and if I can win this title, what comes with it is a bonus," he says. “There’s a long way to go. There are four games to win, but we all know how good I can be on Finals Day.”
Humphries takes on Raymond van Barneveld in the third round on Sunday afternoon in Glaspalast.
Tournament centre 2023 European Darts Grand Prix: Schedule of play, all results, live stream and prize money breakdown
HUMPHRIES HALTS DEFIANT DOBEY!— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 27, 2023
What. A. Match! 🍿
Luke Humphries races into a 5-1 lead before missing EIGHT match darts, only to survive three of his own before edging out Chris Dobey in a last-leg epic!
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