Premier League Darts: Luke Humphries secures second consecutive night win as Luke Littler closes in on nine darts |  darts news

Luke Humphries rises to the top of the Premier League table, above Michael van Gerwen, after his second consecutive overnight win; ‘Cool Hand’ beats Nathan Aspinall in Nottingham final as Luke Littler closes in on nine darts – watch Week Eight in Dublin on Thursday 21 March


1:14, United Kingdom, Friday, March 15, 2024

World number one Luke Humphries made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League and overtook Michael van Gerwen at the top of the table with a 6-3 victory over Nathan Aspinall in Nottingham.

The reigning world champion followed his success in Brighton last week with another in the Midlands at Night Seven, thus taking 17 points for the season, two more than Van Gerwen.

Van Gerwen has failed to add to his tally since triumphing on night four at Newcastle for a third successive overall win, and the Dutchman has now lost three matches in a row after being beaten by an inspired Luke Littler, despite averaging close to 111 .

Premier League Darts Results – Night Seven

Quarter finals Peter Wright 6-5 Gerwyn Price
Lucas Humphries 6-4 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 2-6 Lucas Littler
Rob Cruz 5-6 Nathan Aspinall
Semifinals Peter Wright 1-6 Lucas Humphries
Lucas Littler 3-6 Nathan Aspinall
Final Lucas Humphries 6-3 Nathan Aspinall

Littler averaged 114 when he defeated Mighty Mike 6-2 in the quarter-finals and was one missed double 12 away from a second nine dart in five days after hitting one against Rob Cross to win the Belgian Darts Open on Sunday en route to his first European Tour title.

Luke Littler missed a nine-darter as he beat Michael van Gerwen 6-2 in Nottingham.

However, Littler’s quest for a win on his first night in the Premier League continues, with the 17-year-old defeated by Aspinall 6-3 in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Peter Wright won his first match of the campaign, beating Gerwyn Price 6-5 in a penalty shootout in the final match before being beaten 6-1 by in-form Humphries.



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Premier League darts table after night seven

Humphries: I would love to finish at the top of the table.

Humphries, who beat Michael Smith 6-4 in his first match in a replay of last week’s final in Brighton, said: “I’d love to finish first in the table but what I want is to be in the top four.

“I’m still learning, it’s difficult to play against the best players week in and week out. It will be a long job to finish at the top.

“Consecutive weeks in the Premier League are really difficult, so I’m very proud to have done it and to be at the top of the league.

Littler sang to the backing music ‘Mr Brightside’ by Nathan Aspinall!

“I had two great performances in the first two matches, and Nathan was fantastic against Luke. [Littler].

“Luke is an incredible player, he gets to the point where you think ‘play with two darts’, so Nathan did well to beat him.

“It wasn’t the best final, maybe because we had both played very well we felt that we no longer had pressure and we relaxed a little, we tried too hard.”

Night Eight, Dublin – Thursday March 21

Quarter finals
Luke Humphries vs. Peter Wright
Nathan Aspinall vs. Rob Cross
Michael van Gerwen vs. Gerwyn Price
Luke Littler vs. Michael Smith

‘Darts in the best place I’ve ever been’

Humphries, who will now face eighth-placed Wright at Night Eight in Dublin next week, also said he believes darts is in “the best place it has ever been” – with himself, teenager Littler, the man whom he beat in the final of the World Championship in January. – Aspinall, Van Gerwen and more at the top of the game.

“Cool’ Hand added: “What Luke and I have done since the World Cup has been incredible for the sport.

“I think the sport is in the best place it can be right now, the best place it has ever been.

“We’ve got him and me. Van Gerwen, Aspinall, Cross, Price.

“Hopefully now the public can continue to support us and enjoy it, because it will be an exciting sport for the next nine months.”

Humphries feels Darts are in the best place they’ve ever been

How Night Seven unfolded

The evening began with Wright snapping a six-game losing streak in this year’s Premier League by overtaking Price when the Welshman missed three darts.

Humphries overcame Smith in the second quarter-final before Littler overcame Van Gerwen in a spectacular contest, which saw the teenager do eight 180-degree turns.

Aspinall overcame Cross in the decider to complete the quarter-final before prematurely ending Littler’s evening once Humphries overcame Wright.

Humphries led 2-0 and 4-1 in the final but was held off by Aspinall only to break again for a 5-3 lead before claiming victory at double 12.

Premier League Darts continues on Thursday 21 March in Dublin. Watch live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event from 7pm Stream darts and more contract-free NOW.

Premier League Darts Schedule 2024

Night 1 Cardiff February 1st Winner: Michael Smith
Night 2 Sedan February 8th Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 3 glasgow February 15 Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 4 Newcastle February 22 Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 5 Exeter February 29 Winner: Nathan Aspinall
Night 6 Brighton 7 of March Winner: Luke Humphries
Night 7 Nottingham March 14 Winner: Luke Humphries
Night 8 Dublin March 21st
Night 9 belfast 28th March
Night 10 Manchester April 4
Night 11 Birmingham April 11
Night 12 Rotterdam April 18th
Night 13 Liverpool April 25th
Night 14 Aberdeen May 2
Night 15 leeds May 9
Night 16 SheffieldEdit May 16
finals night The O2, London may 23

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