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Luke Humphries vs. Luke Littler: World Darts Championship Final Showdown and World Rankings Battle

Jan 03, 2024 at 8:01 AM Update: 44 minutes ago

Luke Humphries is looking forward to meeting Luke Littler in the final of the World Darts Championship. The new world number one is wary of the sixteen-year-old revelation, but also thinks it could be an epic battle.

Humphries reached the final on Tuesday evening by beating Scott Williams 6-0. With 108.74, the 28-year-old Englishman recorded the eighth highest World Cup average ever. Thanks to the final place, Humphries is the new leader of the world rankings.

“It feels great and very, very special to be number one in the world. I never expected that. And I achieved it in style. I’m very happy with how I played,” Humphries said afterwards .

“But as I have said many times in interviews: you may be number one in the world for a few months, but you are world champion forever. I face a very tough task against Luke.”

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Summary: Humphries leaves Williams without a chance in the World Cup darts semi-finals

‘I have to play the match of my life’

The young Littler is making a big impression this World Cup. He qualified for the final on Tuesday by beating Rob Cross with an average of more than 106. In the seventh set, the Englishman even achieved an average of more than 114. Earlier he had already sent Raymond van Barneveld home.

“I had seen Luke play before. It can be a lot more difficult on this stage, but he has proven that he has a lot to offer. Nothing fazes him,” Humphries said of his upcoming opponent.

“I will probably have to play the match of my life to beat him. I hope we both play at our best and give the fans one of the best World Cup finals ever.”

The final between Humphries and Littler in London’s Alexandra Palace starts on Wednesday around 9 p.m. (Dutch time).

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Summary: Littler (16) writes history with a final place at the World Darts Championship

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  • Darts phenomenon Littler (16) writes history and meets Humphries in the World Cup final

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