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Luke Humphries bows out of World Grand Prix after defeat to Ryan Searle




Newbury darts player Luke Humphries was eliminated from the World Grand Prix after a 3-1 defeat in the second round to Ryan Searle.

Humphries, 26, struggled to find a double in the opening leg of the first set and Searle was quick to find a 2-0 lead.

However, Humphries - who averaged 87.55 - took out 69 to make it 2-1, before then levelling the game at 2-2.

Luke Humphries Pic: Lawrence Lustig/PDC (51972757)
Luke Humphries Pic: Lawrence Lustig/PDC (51972757)

He did then have the opportunity to take the first set, but after missing double 19, Searle took advantage to take the set.

Searle didn’t waste much time as he hit checkouts of 140 and 152 to complete a remarkable set and go 2-0 up in the game.

Humphries did, however, fight back and take the third set to get on the board.

Searle then lifted the roof off in Leicester as he took out 170, just seconds after Humphries narrowly missed the chance for a 132 checkout after hitting consecutive bullseyes.

Humphries had a couple of chances to level up the game in sets, but he was unable to take any and Searle went on to seal the victory.



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