Humphries ends losing streak against Littler

Luke Humphries celebrated his first win over Luke Littler since the World Championship final as he reached the last 16 of the PDC European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen, Germany.

Humphries won a thrilling contest 6-5, surviving a final-leg match dart and prevailing with a fine 11-dart break.

It is Humphries’ first victory over Littler in eight matches since January’s World Championship final.

“That record wasn’t something that was playing on my mind,” said Humphries.

“Luke is a fantastic player and in elite level sport, these runs of results can happen, but of course I’m relieved that run is over.”

Humphries, who averaged 101 and notched five 180s to complete his comeback, will face Stephen Bunting on Sunday after he beat Ryan Searle 6-5.

Bunting survived five match darts of his own in the afternoon session, setting up the tie with Humphries in dramatic fashion.

Meanwhile, Rob Cross remained on course to defend his 2023 title with a 6-5 victory over Martin Schindler.

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