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Newbury's Luke Humphries beats Dirk van Duijvenbode to reach second round of Boylesports World Grand Prix




Luke Humphries is through to the second round of the Boylesports World Grand Prix of Darts after a 2-0 victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode.

The Newbury man capitalised on sloppy finishing from the Dutchman to lead 2-1 in the opening set and then finished 70 to claim the advantage.

Van Duijvenbode, a runner-up in last year’s competition, took out 96 as he shared the opening four legs of the second set, but he was unable to land the bull to stay in the game as Humphries wrapped up his last 16 spot.

Luke Humphries won his opening match
Luke Humphries won his opening match

After the game, the UK Open finalist said: “I didn't feel at my best but sometimes you have to win games when you aren't at your best, and I'm happy to do that.

“It's going well for me this year but I'm striving for bigger things and I want to push up the ladder now.

“I think I'm more determined than any player out there in the world,” said Humphries. “I'm putting the effort in, I've even gone through so much detail this week to make sure I'm picking the right double to start on.”

The 26-year-old will now face Ryan Searle in the second round on Tuesday evening.



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