LUKE HUMPHRIES won another night of Premier League action, beating Michael Smith 6-2 in the final.

Luke Littler lost to Bully Boy 6-4 in the quarter-finals and looked furious with his own performance.

 

Top of the pops

 

Players Championship Order of Merit:

 

Rank – Name – Prize money (in units of £1,000)

 

1 Ryan Searle – £39.5

2 Gary Anderson – £33.5

3 Raymond van Barneveld – £27

4 Damon Heta – £22.5

5 Luke Littler – £19.5

6 Dave Chisnall – £18.5

7 Chris Dobey – £18

8 Dirk van Duijvenbode – £17

9 Peter Wright – £17

10 Ross Smith – £14

 

TODAY, 00:00By Tony Robertson

 

Premier League Darts prize money

 

Following tonight’s action, here is a reminder of what’s up for grabs.

 

Winner: £275,000

Runner-up: £125,000

Losing semi-finalists: £85,000

Fifth place: £75,000

Sixth place: £70,000

Seventh place: £65,000

Eighth place: £60,000

Winner’s bonus per tournament: £10,000 (x16)

 

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Humphries enjoying his darts

 

Speaking on Sky Sports after his win, Humphries said:

 

“I’m not bored, I’m really enjoying myself. The start of the season I felt a little bit worn out. It felt really tough for me.

 

“Now I’m enjoying the game and that’s when I’m at my best. 

 

“I feel like I belong here. The last three weeks have been fantastic, my standard has been really high. I’m not unbeatable but I feel like I’m at the stage where it takes a big performance to beat me.

 

“At the start I was so busy and I had to take time off. I feel like you have to manage your calendar in the best way. I’ve got to keep myself in the best frame of mind and best shape. 

 

“Next week I want to create a record and win four on the trot. 

 

“A lot of people think I’ve got one foot in the semis. But I don’t think that. I have to keep working hard.

 

“I’m not arrogant at all. But I feel if I play my A game I feel like there’s only a couple of people who can test me. Luke Littler and Michael van Gerwen, they are the two that can push me. Their A level can probably beat me.”

 

Premier League darts continues to impress

 

The format of the Premier League continues to deliver exciting nights of high quality darts.

 

Despite Luke Humphries dominating of late, in all the matches, they are proving to be such knife-edge events that draw in the crowds.

 

Next time out, Belfast will be the location as Luke Humphries looks to become the first player to win four tournaments in a row.

 

Luke Humphries just keeps winning and nobody can seem to live with him right now.

 

It is his third consecutive Premier League victory and Michael Smith was just a bystander in the main.

 

The world champion will take some beating in Belfast next time out.

 

Luke Humphries opens up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League with tonight’s victory.

 

MVG is in second place and finalist Michael Smith moves up into fourth place.

 

Nathan Aspinall is in third place, with all to play for those qualifying spots.

 

Is there a more dominant Englishman in professional sport right now than Luke Humphries?

 

No. There is not.

 

Cool Hand Luke is on fire and has claimed three night wins in a row, banking himself a £30,000 bonus.

 

Michael Smith avoided the ignominy of a 6-0 whitewash. But two legs aside, he had no answer on how to handle the Berkshire thrower.

 

Humphries is playing as befits his status as world No.1.

 

His opening match in Belfast next week is against Luke Littler and he would be favourite for that clash.

 

What a great leg to finish the match.

 

Humphries has the chance to take it but misses the double, leaving Smith 25 required.

 

He just cannot take his chance and leaves Humphries double 16.

 

The nerves settle and the world champion hits his double for a very convincing win.

 

Michael Smith thinks he is dead and buried in this leg.

 

However, Humphries misses the double to give him a slim hope.

 

Smith does brilliantly to knock off the outshot with a double top finish.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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