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Luke Littler’s remarkable run against world number 1 Luke Humphries finally comes to an end

Since losing in the World Cup final, Luke Littler has dominated world number 1 Luke Humphries with win after win after win – finally ending his streak on Saturday

Luke Littler speaks to Luke Humphries(Getty images)

World number 1 Luke Humphries has finally beaten teenage sensation Luke Littler for the first time since their World Cup final.

It was the eighth clash between the world champion and “the Nuke” since Humphries took the world title and Littler had won ALL SEVEN. But in the second round of the European Darts Grand Prix meeting in Germany, Humphries ultimately triumphed, claiming a thrilling 6-5 victory over the 17-year-old.

Humphries had the upper hand in Saturday’s blue pennant match. He survived a match dart in the final leg and enjoyed an 11-dart break in the decider to progress to the last 16, where he will face Stephen Bunting, who survived five match darts himself to beat Ryan Searle. 6-5 in the afternoon session.

Rob Cross stayed on course to defend his 2023 title with a 6-5 victory over Martin Schindler – who averaged 106.08 against his 102.64 – and on Sunday he will face Danny Noppert, who plays Daryl Gurney in defeated the afternoon session by the same score.

Josh Rock and world number three Michael Smith open Sunday’s first session after the former triumphed 6-2 over Jeffrey Sparidaans and Smith ruined Raymond Van Barneveld’s 57th birthday party after the Dutchman came back from a 5-2 deficit and then was defeated in a decisive final. -leg confrontation.

Gerwyn Price and Gary Anderson will meet in what should be a tantalizing encounter after “the Iceman” cruised to a comfortable 6-1 win over Brendan Dolan after Anderson defeated Christian Perez 6-3.

World number two Michael Van Gerwen made quick work of Swedish opponent Johan Engstrom with a 6-1 victory to set up a last-16 match against Jonny Clayton, who defeated Chris Dobey 6-5.

Ross Smith and Ritchie Edhouse meet after a comfortable victory over Luke Woodhouse (6-2) and Dirk Van Duijvenbode (6-1) respectively. Damon Heta’s average of 117.48 in his 6-2 victory over Mickey Mansell was good enough for the third highest ever finish on the Euro Tour.