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PDC World Championship: Luke Humphries completes comeback victory over Chris Dobey in Alexandra Palace classic



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Luke Humphries came from 2-0 and 3-1 down to beat Chris Dobey 4-3 in an absolute classic at Alexandra Palace to reach the quarter final of the World Championship.

The crowd were treated to another thriller in London as Humphries had to show character and hunger throughout the contest when up against it.

The Newbury man hit a total of 21x 140s, 14x 180s and recorded three ton plus finishes.

Luke Humphries celebrates during his match over Chris Dobey Pic: Lawrence Lustig/PDC
Luke Humphries celebrates during his match over Chris Dobey Pic: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

The opening set, which went the way of Dobey, was fast-paced and all five legs were required.

At 2-2 in legs, Humphries hit two 180s, but Dobey hit a 94 checkout to hold his throw and take the lead.

Three more legs followed in the second set as Dobey broke twice on the way to extending his overall advantage to 2-0.

However, Humphries battled back and took the third set to reduce the deficit in the match.

He then raced to a 2-0 lead in the fourth set, which saw him hit a 121 checkout, but Dobey reeled off three legs to go 3-1 ahead in the game.

Back came Humphries as he secured his second set of the game to close the gap to just one.

Moments later, we were level as the 26-year-old forced the game to go the distance.

After both Dobey and Humphries continued to entertain the crowd, it was the latter who held his nerve to secure a 5-3 win in the final set to progress.

As a result, he has moved into the last eight of the competition for a third time in four years and will face the winner of Rob Cross and Gary Anderson on New Year's Day.



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