Clinical Cross denies Humphries to claim maiden Euro Tour crown

European Tour

May 28 2023

Rob Cross celebrated his maiden European Tour success on a thrilling final day at the Interwetten European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen, which culminated in a dramatic 8-6 win over Luke Humphries in Sunday's showpiece.

Humphries begins title defence with deciding-leg win over Dobey

European Tour

May 27 2023

Luke Humphries began his defence of the Interwetten European Darts Grand Prix with an extraordinary deciding-leg victory over Masters champion Chris Dobey in Sindelfingen on Saturday.

Van Barneveld moves through on opening day at European Darts Grand Prix

European Tour

May 26 2023

Raymond van Barneveld showed his class with a fine victory over home hope Liam Maendl-Lawrence at the Interwetten European Darts Grand Prix as the Sindelfingen event began on Friday.

2023 Interwetten European Darts Grand Prix draw & schedule

European Tour

May 25 2023

Luke Humphries will begin his defence of the Interwetten European Darts Grand Prix against Masters champion Chris Dobey or Graham Hall, with the draw and schedule for this weekend’s event now confirmed.

Klaasen, Kist & Mitchell seal European Tour qualification

European Tour

May 22 2023

Jelle Klaasen, Christian Kist and Scott Mitchell were amongst the players to secure European Tour qualification in Hildesheim over the weekend.

Wright insists performances will improve following Czech Darts Open success

European Tour

May 15 2023

Peter Wright insists his performances will improve after celebrating victory at the Gambrinus Czech Darts Open in Prague on Sunday.

Wright ends title drought with Gambrinus Czech Darts Open win

European Tour

May 14 2023

Peter Wright won his first ranking title of 2023 in style with a sensational final day at the Gambrinus Czech Darts Open in Prague.

Sensational Sedlacek stuns Cullen to progress at Czech Darts Open

European Tour

May 13 2023

Karel Sedlacek defied a magnificent comeback from Joe Cullen to move through to Finals Day at the Gambrinus Czech Darts Open, as reigning champion Luke Humphries made a winning start on his return to Prague.

Sedlacek stars on opening day of Czech Darts Open

European Tour

May 12 2023

Home hero Karel Sedlacek celebrated a dramatic comeback victory on Day One of the Gambrinus Czech Darts Open, as Ross Smith, Jose de Sousa and Steve Beaton also progressed in Prague.

2023 Gambrinus Czech Darts Open draw & schedule

European Tour

May 11 2023

Luke Humphries will begin his defence of the Gambrinus Czech Darts Open against Ross Smith or Jani Laurila, with the draw and schedule for this weekend’s event now confirmed.

Luke Humphries claimed a remarkable fourth European Tour title of 2022 with a pulsating 8-7 victory over Rowby-John Rodriguez in Sunday’s Interwetten European Darts Matchplay final.

Humphries produced a stirring fightback from 4-0 down to deny Rodriguez his first senior PDC title, surviving a match dart in a thrilling last-leg decider to scoop the £25,000 top prize in Trier.

Rodriguez had defeated three major champions en route to his maiden PDC ranking final, but an inspired recovery from Humphries catapulted the Newbury ace to his fifth title of the year.

“In my mind it was probably one of the greatest finals we’ve seen in the PDC, that’s how it felt,” said Humphries, who has now won his last three European Tour events.

“I’m over the moon, but credit goes to Rowby-John. He was fantastic. He threw absolutely everything at me. 

“When you make your first final, it’s not supposed to be as easy as that, and he made it look easy.

“18 months ago I’d have probably lost that 8-2 or 8-3, but I never give up. That’s probably my greatest win ever.”

Humphries had breezed through to Sunday’s showpiece in emphatic style, following up a 6-2 win over host-nation qualifier Lukas Wenig by sweeping aside Ian White 6-1 with a 101 average.

The former UK Open runner-up then extended his winning sequence to 13 legs with a whitewash win over Stephen Bunting in the semi-finals, which set up a blockbuster showdown against the former World Youth finalist.

Rodriguez and Humphries exchanged maximums in the opening leg, but the Austrian was in dreamland after establishing a commanding 4-0 cushion.

The 28-year-old followed up an early hold with a magnificent 124 finish, before legs of 14 and 13 darts maintained his blistering start.

Humphries’ third 180 saw him open his account with a 14-darter in leg five, and this sparked an extraordinary spell, as he powered in a brilliant 156 checkout before restoring parity at four apiece with an 11-darter.

Rodriguez regained the initiative with a sublime 158 checkout to move 6-4 ahead, but Humphries again responded, following up a classy 112 kill with a 14-darter to level at 6-6.

Rodriguez then moved one leg away from glory in a nervy 13th leg, but a fabulous 148 outshot from Humphries forced a fitting last-leg shootout.

The Austrian had the advantage of throw, but a sixth 180 from Humphries shifted the pendulum, and despite spurning two match darts, Humphries returned to seal the deal on double four, after Rodriguez was unable to complete a 77 checkout on tops.

Despite succumbing in such cruel circumstances, Rodriguez has put himself firmly in contention for Betfred World Matchplay qualification after pocketing the £10,000 runner-up prize at Arena Trier.

The 2021 World Cup of Darts finalist dumped out UK Open champion Danny Noppert and top seed Gerwyn Price to reach Sunday’s final stages, and he ended the hopes of German number one Gabriel Clemens earlier in the day.

Rodriguez then reeled off six consecutive legs to dispatch Nathan Aspinall 6-2 in the last eight, before recovering from 5-2 down to edge out Madars Razma in a compelling last four clash.

Elsewhere, Bunting was appearing in his second European Tour semi-final of 2022, following up a dramatic deciding-leg win over Martin Lukeman by battling past World Cup Champion Damon Heta.

Razma fell agonisingly short in his semi-final clash against Rodriguez, but wins over Wesley Plaisier and fifth seed Rob Cross strengthened the Latvian’s bid for a World Matchplay debut later this month.

Cross averaged 101 in a 6-3 win over Luke Woodhouse earlier in the day, while Heta was denied a third European Tour semi-final of 2022, despite accounting for Dimitri Van den Bergh in the last 16.

Aspinall averaged over 103 in his superb 6-3 win over Scott Williams at the same stage, while three-time European Tour winner White enjoyed a welcome return to form to reach his first ranking quarter-final since March.