Stephen Bunting stuns Luke Humphries at International Darts Open; Ritchie Edhouse wins again over a former world champion

Stephen Bunting has advanced to the quarter-finals at the International Darts Open at the expense of Luke Humphries. An average of 89.67 was enough for 'The Bullet' to send the reigning world champion home.

Bunting broke Humphries for the first time in the third leg after "Cool Hand Luke" missed a chance on double 18 to hold throw. Bunting then threw a 14-darter for a 2-1 lead, but then missed two chances of his own to cash in on the break. Those misses were punished harshly by Humphries, who hit 150 for 2-2.

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Humphries then gained a 4-2 lead by holding throw and hitting an 85 finish in the sixth leg. Bunting immediately broke back with a 79 checkout, then evened the score after Humphries missed two darts on double 16.

A fine 146 check-out then gave Humphries a 5-4 lead. The latter was not out in five innings in the following leg, allowing Bunting to make it to the next round of this event with an 18-darter.

Ritchie Edhouse managed to win against a former world champion for the second time this tournament. After winning 6-5 over Michael Smith in the second round, the Englishman proved too strong this time 6-4 over compatriot Rob Cross. Moreover, Edhouse recorded an average of 103.49, his second 100+ average of this tournament.

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