Humphries Lays Down Marker in Budapest

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World Number 6 Luke Humphries produced a masterclass display in reaching the Last 16 of the 2023 Hungarian Darts Trophy yesterday.

The Englishman defeated Keane Barry 6-2 with a 108.56 average at the MVM Dome in Budapest.

Cool Hand Luke included 3 180s against Dynamite, but once more produced a fantastic display on the outer ring, checking out at 54.55% having only missed 5 darts at double.

The Red Dragon player is on the hunt for a 6th Euro Tour in Hungary this weekend and put in a statement win to the rest of the field, again showing his capabilities on the European Tour.

Humphries goes through to the Last 16 of the Hungarian Darts Trophy, and will face Martin Schindler on Sunday afternoon, with the Wall defeating Sebastian Bialecki 6-1 in the opening Second Round match of the day.

Gian van Veen moved into a provisional qualifying position for the upcoming World Grand Prix, after inflicting a heavy 6-1 defeat on reigning World Matchplay champion Nathan Aspinall, despite averaging 2 points lower than the Asp.

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The doubling was the difference in the contest with the young Dutchman hitting a 50% checkout rate, whilst his opponent missed 9 darts on the outer ring. Gian included a 116 checkout to break the throw in the 6th leg, before wrapping up victory with his 2nd dart at double 16 to finish 50.

GVV goes through to face tournament 2nd seed Damon Heta on Sunday afternoon in Budapest, with the Australian Number 1 whitewashing Hungarian history maker Nandor Major earlier in the day.

Gerwyn Price looks to become the first player in 2023 to win 3 Euro Tour titles and went the right way about it with a 106.09 average, in whitewashing Northern Irish youngster Nathan Rafferty 6-0 at the MVM Dome.

Price found his highest checkout of 100 to secure his place in the Last 16, hitting double 10 with his last dart in hand to defeat the Natural.

The Iceman will face defending champion Joe Cullen in the third match on Sunday afternoon, with the Rockstar starting his defence of the Hungarian Darts Trophy with victory over James Wade.

The clash sets up a rematch between the pair, after they met at the recent World Matchplay with the Bradford born player winning 13-11 in an epic at the Winter Gardens.

World Series of Darts Finals champion Michael van Gerwen threw a 50% checkout rate to defeat Ross Smith 6-4, with both players including 121 checkouts over the 10 legs played.

Mighty Mike continues his winning run on the PDC Circuit, hitting a 98.86 average against his English opponent to set up a Last 16 clash against tournament 8th Seed Jonny Clayton, who clinched a last leg decider in the day’s final match against Jermaine Wattimena.

Jonny’s doubling got him through his battle with the Machine Gun, missing just 5 darts on the outer ring whilst also including a 114 checkout on tops, to secure the 11th and deciding leg in Budapest.

Peter Wright remains on the hunt for a 2nd Euro Tour title with a 6-3 victory over another player from Bradford in Scott Waites, who despite defeat again included 10 140s at the MVM Dome.
Snakebite threw the more 180s in the battle of former World Champions, as well as the highest checkout of 83 in the 7th leg to hold his throw and go a leg from victory.

The World Number 3 will open the Last 16 action on Sunday against Luke Woodhouse who stunned Rob Cross 6-3 in the afternoon session, with Woody also moving into a provisional Grand Slam of Darts spot.

Elsewhere, Danny Noppert included 6 180s in defeating recent MODUS Super Series weekly winner Anton Ostlund 6-5 in the 2nd match of the day, hitting a 50% checkout rate as well as 12 140s in front of a lively crowd in Hungary.

The action resumes on Sunday from 12pm live on PDC TV and Viaplay, with former 2 Time World Champion Peter Wright opening the Last 16 action against Luke Woodhouse in Budapest.

2023 Hungarian Darts Trophy: Day 2 Results

Round 2:

Martin Schindler (14) 6-1 Sebastian Bialecki
Danny Noppert (13) 6-5 Anton Ostlund
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Ryan Searle (16)
Mike de Decker 6-1 Josh Rock (5)
Luke Woodhouse 6-3 Rob Cross (6)
Scott Williams 6-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode (4)
Damon Heta (2) 6-0 Nandor Major
Joe Cullen (10) 6-4 James Wade
Gian van Veen 6-1 Nathan Aspinall (15)
Luke Humphries (3) 6-2 Keane Barry
Peter Wright (11) 6-3 Scott Waites
Gerwyn Price (7) 6-0 Nathan Rafferty
Michael Smith (12) 6-4 Jose de Sousa
Michael van Gerwen (9) 6-4 Ross Smith
Dave Chisnall (1) 6-2 Scott Mitchell
Jonny Clayton (7) 6-5 Jermaine Wattimena

Final Day: Afternoon Session Order of Play

Last 16:

Luke Woodhouse v Peter Wright (11)
Luke Humphries (3) v Martin Schindler (14)
Gerwyn Price (7) v Joe Cullen (10)
Damon Heta (2) v Gian van Veen
Mike de Decker v Michael Smith (12)
Scott Williams v Danny Noppert (13)
Jonny Clayton (8) v Michael van Gerwen (9)
Dave Chisnall (1) v Rowby-John Rodriguez


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