Luke Humphries emerged victorious over Luke Littler in the thrilling World Darts Championship final, putting an end to the young player’s remarkable journey in the competition.
The 16-year-old has captured the attention of sports enthusiasts everywhere with his incredible performance, surpassing former world champions to make it to the final in his debut appearance in the competition.
However, Humphries demonstrated his dominance in darts by securing a 7-4 win at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday evening.
The 28-year-old continues his impressive streak of 19 consecutive victories, solidifying his position as the top-ranked player. He showcased his dominance by defeating Scott Williams in a commanding manner during the semi-final on Tuesday.
Humphries proved to be a formidable opponent for Littler, but ‘Cool Hand’ displayed remarkable determination. Despite being two sets behind, he staged an impressive comeback, winning five consecutive sets to secure the title.
Just like in his previous match against Rob Cross, Littler started off slow and Humphries took an early lead. However, Littler showed his resilience and made a strong comeback in the second set, ending it with an impressive 120 finish to tie the match.
Despite a rocky start, Littler found their rhythm in the third round. However, despite being two legs behind, Humphries made a comeback and won the set with an impressive checkout of 116.
Tying the match at 2-2 in an intense set, Littler finally gained the advantage in the fifth, staying composed despite numerous missed darts from both players, with the Nuke managing to hold on.
Humphries found himself feeling uneasy as Littler effortlessly dominated his opponents in the competition. The top-ranked player suffered a crushing defeat in the sixth set, as Littler surged ahead with a two-set advantage.
Humphries showcased his skills with an impressive 170 maximum finish, only to falter by missing three darts at double. This gave his opponent the opportunity to make a comeback and break his serve once more. In a surprising turn of events, Littler displayed a moment of uncertainty as he aimed to finish on a double two. Unfortunately, he missed the target, allowing Humphries to seize the opportunity and bring the set score to 4-3, thus keeping the competition alive.
After teetering on the edge of defeat, Humphries managed to even the score in a remarkable fashion, ending with a perfect bullseye to complete an impressive comeback.
Humphries secured three consecutive sets, gaining a 5-4 advantage and earning applause from Littler. He now only needs one more set to secure victory.
The final was truly remarkable, with captivating drama that kept us on the edge of our seats until the very end. Humphries clinched his inaugural world title with a remarkable double eight finish.
Littler entered the final with a remarkable achievement as the youngest ever World Darts Championship finalist. He aimed to surpass Michael van Gerwen’s record, who won his first world title at the age of 24, eight years older than Littler.
With just four senior PDC matches under his belt, he made quite the entrance at the World Championship. He kicked off his run with a victory over Christian Kist on 20 December and followed it up by eliminating UK Open champion Andrew Gilding just before Christmas.
With a determined mindset, he surpassed expectations by defeating Matt Campbell and delivering a remarkable performance against the legendary Raymond van Barneveld, securing a spot in the last 16.
Littler put on an impressive performance, overcoming a setback in the opening set to defeat Rob Cross on Tuesday night and secure a spot in the final four. Although his first campaign didn’t go as planned, there are many exciting nights awaiting him in the future.