Unibet Home Tour 28: Humphries Excels As Smith Falters.

Luke Humphries won all three games in style on Night 28 of the Unibet Home Tour to ensure his progression to the Last 32.

Bullyboy had to accept second place in group 28. (PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG) MICHAEL SMITH IN ACTION

The reigning World Youth Champion put in some stunning displays, averaging 102.4 for the evening as he swept aside Michael Smith, Andy Boulton and Mike van Duivenbode.

Humphries started the evening by averaging 100 in a narrow 5-4 victory over Boulton in his opening game, but his best was yet to come.

The 24-year-old then posted an incredible 108.5 as he destroyed top-seed Michael Smith 5-2 to put himself in a commanding position going into his final game.

And his progression to the Last 32 was completed with a hard-fought 5-3 over Dutch youngster Van Duivenbode to put him on six points and out of the grasp of his competitors.

Smith had started the night with a thumping whitewash victory over Van Duivenbode, but after defeat to Humphries he could only muster second place by beating Boulton 5-2 in the final game of the night. 

The Unibet Home Tour continues on Friday with Group 29 and can be watched live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

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Group 28 – Thursday May 14 (1930 BST)
Michael Smith 5-0 Mike van Duivenbode
Luke Humphries 5-4 Andy Boulton
Mike van Duivenbode 4-5 Andy Boulton
Michael Smith 2-5 Luke Humphries
Luke Humphries 5-3 Mike van Duivenbode
Andy Boulton 2-5 Michael Smith


Featured Pic – L Lustig/PDC.

Keeping Tabs On Home Tour 11.

Alan Tabern came through a final game thriller to top the table on his head-to-head record in Group 11 of the Unibet Home Tour. 

The 53-year-old faced a straight shootout for top spot with Simon Whitlock in the final game of the evening, with both players sitting on the exact same points and leg difference. 



A narrow 5-4 victory for Tabern over Whitlock therefore put him level on points and leg difference with young Dutchman Mike Van Duivenbode, but a 5-2 victory earlier in the night meant he topped the table on the head-to-head record. 

Kirk Shepherd had looked the most likely to win the group going into his final game, knowing that a two leg victory over Van Duivenbode would be enough, but the former World Championship finalist squandered a 4-2 lead to end up losing 5-4. 

An early 5-1 victory over Tabern had given Shepherd a healthy position in the table, but he wasn’t able to capitalise, losing his next two games by a one-leg margin. 

The Unibet Home Tour continues tomorrow with Max Hopp, Keegan Brown, Conan Whitehead and Mike De Decker in action! 

All the action will be streamed live and free through PDCTV for registered users (new users can sign up for FREE here), as well as through bookmakers’ websites and international broadcasters.

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Registered PDCTV members can also watch for FREE through the official PDC App.

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Group 11 – Monday April 27 (1930 BST)
Simon Whitlock 3-5 Mike van Duivenbode
Kirk Shepherd 5-1 Alan Tabern
Mike van Duivenbode 2-5 Alan Tabern
Simon Whitlock 5-4 Kirk Shepherd
Kirk Shepherd 4-5 Mike van Duivenbode
Alan Tabern 5-4 Simon Whitlock

9 Dart Double: Van Duivenbode & Aspinall Provide Perfection in Players Championship.

Dutch youngster, Mike van Duivenbode, smashed in the perfect leg during his first PDC match of the 2020 season during his 6-5 win over Chris Dobey at Players Championship 1.

NATHAN ASPINALL IN ACTION
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG

Nathan Aspinall also rattled in a perfect leg, during Players Championship 2, the following day. ‘9 Darters’ were once a rarity even at the highest level. So much so that a rolling prize fund used to be offered for anyone who hit one during the Pro Tour events. Often these funds would mount up to many thousands of pounds even though they were £500 per event or less!

During the opening ProTour weekend of the year, “The Silencer” Jeff Smith also stamped his return to the PDC ProTour for the first time since 2013 with aplomb, making a run to the Players Championship 1 final.

Smith defeated the likes of Aspinall, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall along the way with some outstanding performances before finishing runner-up after an 8-4 defeat in the final, at the hands of in-form Gary Anderson.

Jeff Smith – Back with a Bang!

Smith also followed on this form into Sunday’s Players Championship 2 – narrowly losing at the last 16 stage 6-5 against Dirk van Duijvenbode. Smith couldn’t have asked for a much better start to his PDC return, earning £7,500 on to his Order of Merit ranking over the two days.

Nathan Aspinall came out the eventual winner of the tournament, hitting a 9-dart finish along the way during a colossal tussle with World Champion Peter Wright before defeating Gerwyn Price 8-3.

Dolan is making understated progress!
Pic: PDC

Brendan Dolan also showed glimpses of his superb floor form from the end of 2019 as he made a run to Players Championship 1 semi-finals, losing out to Jeff Smith. It appears that Brendan has solidified his performances and will be worth keeping an eye on in coming months.

Full Players Championships results available from DartConnect here.

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