2024 Premier League: Humphries triumphs in Nottingham

Published on 17 March 2024 at 16:00

As we approach the halfway stage of this year's Premier League, it's been tight at the top so far. However, on night seven in Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena, Luke Humphries once again proved why he's the current world number one.



Peter Wright has had an abysmal start to his Premier League, not picking up a single point in the previous six weeks. However, 'Snakebite' managed his first win of the campaign in Nottingham against fellow struggler, Gerwyn Price. in a scrappy affair, Price missed three match darts, allowing Wright to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. In the match that followed, Luke Humphries and Michael Smith were neck and neck up until the last few legs, where some clutch doubling from Humphries saw him sail through 6-4.


In the third bout of the evening, Luke Littler once again put on yet another outstanding display, beating Michael van Gerwen with an average of 114. MVG himself averaged just under 111, showing that 'The Nuke' really does have the power to be unstoppable when in full flow. To add to this, he almost rounded off the match with a perfect leg, narrowly missing D12 on his ninth dart. In the last quarter final, there was nothing to separate Nathan Aspinall and Rob Cross, but it was 'The Asp' who managed to sneak through with an impressive break of throw in the deciding leg.


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In the opening semi final, Wright was looking to build momentum after his first win. Unfortunately for him, his next opponent was the current World Champion. The Scotsman played solidly, but as we know in the Premier League, solid doesn't cut it against the big guns. 'Cool Hand Luke' went through comfortably 6-1. 


The other would see an in-form Littler up against Aspinall. 'The Nuke' went into the game as the bookies favourite, however it was clear early in the match that Aspinall was up to the challenge as he got an early break of throw. From then on, 'The Asp' never looked back, winning 6-3. As for Littler, he wasn't able to show the same form he did against van Gerwen in the quarters and bowed out at the semi final stage for the fourth week running. 


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In an all-English final between Humphries and Aspinall, it would be 'Cool Hand Luke' who took the early initiative with a break of throw in the opening leg. From then on the world champ never really looked back, showing composure and quality to close out the match 6-3. Surprisingly, it took Luke Humphries six weeks to win his first night at the Premier League, but with back to back victories under his belt now, he certainly looks to be the favourite to top this year's league stage.


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