Luke Littler survives Gawlas scare before big wins for Stephen Bunting and Luke Humphries at Poland Darts Masters

Luke Littler, Stephen Bunting and Luke Humphries have completed the lineup for the quarterfinals of the Poland Darts Masters on Friday night.

Only Littler struggled very briefly, but 'The Nuke' recovered well. The 17-year-old Englishman had traveled to Poland after a family holiday in Orlando to make his return to the World Series of Darts, after missing out on the Nordic Darts Masters last week. The teenage sensation did not seem to have lost his touch with a 12-darter and a 13-darter to take a 5-1 lead. In the seventh leg, Littler missed a matchdart on the bullseye, allowing Gawlas to make it 5-2 with a 13-darter. The Czech then reduced the deficit to 5-4 with another 13-darter and a 15-darter. Then Littler had enough and finished the match.

Bunting faced Krzysztof Ratajski, the best dart player in Poland. But for "The Polish Eagle" it was certainly not a night to remember with pleasure. Ratajski managed to hit only one of his 12 chances on the doubles. Five of those misses were in the first leg, before Bunting took the lead with a 16-darter. 'The Bullet' then rushed to a 5-0 lead before Ratajski saved the honor with a 118 finish. Bunting then decided the match with a 14-darter.

Luke Humphries also joined the last eight at the Poland Darts Masters without any problems. 'Cool Hand Luke' conceded just one leg against Hungarian qualifier Gyorgy Jehirszki and triumphed 6-1.

The World Series tournament in Poland is the fifth tournament of the season on the World Series circuit. In January, Luke Littler won the Bahrain Darts Masters, while Michael van Gerwen took the overall victory at the Dutch Darts Masters in Den Bosch.

Rob Cross captured the title in early June at the US Darts Masters in New York, and Gerwyn Price showed the best at the Nordic Darts Masters in Copenhagen. Later this year, World Series tournaments will also be played in Australia and New Zealand before the World Series Finals take place Sept. 13-15 in Amsterdam.

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