Chris Dobey exited the World Darts Championship this afternoon (30th December) at the hands of Luke Humphries, as he lost out in a final set tie-break to the 19th seed.

In an incredible match, ‘Hollywood’ would hit 11 maximums and 33 140’s, but not quite enough to see off his heavy-scoring opponent.

Dobey landed the first blow in the opening set, defying a 112 average from Humphries and securing the opener with a 171 followed by a 94 checkout to take the lead with a 12-darter.

Set two would come easier for the Bedlington thrower, a whitewash set doubling his lead as frailties started to emerge in the Humphries camp.

Double tops would come to the rescue of ‘Cool Hand’ as he pegged back a set on throw. Dobey
would then come from two legs down in the fourth set to re-establish his two-set cushion. A sixth 180 of the match, before a pinpoint double 12 confirmed another 11-darter for Dobey as he went within a set of the quarter-finals.

The action was not done there… Humphries reeling off two quick-fire sets to send us to another nail-biting decider, with both players averaging just shy of the 100 mark.

Humphries would complete the turn-around in the final set as we went all the way to a tie-break.
Back-to-back maximums for Humphries would set him on his way to the crucial break of throw, before the job was completed on double one, so end an excellent run at the Alexandra Palace from Chris Dobey.

By Josh Green

Photos Lawrence Lustig/PDC