Humphries claims night six Brighton victory in Premier League

Luke Humphries in a Press conference, sitting staring into the frame. Green background with sponsorships, and several microphones placed in front of him

DARTS World Champion Luke Humphries has won on night six in the Premier League, beating Michael Smith 6-3 in the final.

Humphries beat birthday boy Gerwyn Price and Rob Cross in the quarter and semi-finals respectively, only trailing once with the first leg of the evening.

Despite an early break of throw from Price in QF1, Humphries would hit back the next leg, with the tide turning in leg five after a composed 116 finish followed by four successive victories to take the match.

In semi-final one, Humphries would face Rob Cross, who had dispatched Premier League leader Michael van Gerwen in QF2.

Cross would attempt to turn around a 3-1 deficit, temporarily pulling back to 3-3, but Humphries would break throw twice to run out the winner by six sets to three.

In the lower-half of the draw Luke Littler raced into a 3-0 lead against Night five winner Nathan Aspinall, with the teenager seeing out the game 6-3.

QF4 would see the only game to go to a decider, with so far winless Peter Wright up against Michael Smith.

In a game that saw both players miss two match darts, and ultimately achieve no breaks of throw, Smith effectively won the match by hitting the bull in the backroom.

Smith vs Littler in SF2 was a replay of the whistle-heavy semi-final in night one, that Smith would go on to win.

The match in Brighton was a more causal affair, with Littler coming within one leg of level at 3-3, before losing throw and eventually the match 6-3.

That set up the final of Humphries vs Smith, with the former looking to put his recent UK Open final defeat in the past.

Both players would rise up into second and third in the Premier League table, leaving van Gerwen top, despite back-to-back quarter-final exits.

The final was also a rather drab match, with the highlight being Humphries’ third leg checkout of 143 on D16.

Humphries wouldn’t be caught from there, and checked out on 74 via D8 to claim his first ever win in the Premier League.

The players will head to the first event of the European Tour in Belgium on Friday, before heading to Nottingham in the PL next Thursday.

The updated Premier League standings can be found below: