UK Open Darts: Luke Humphries Through to First Televised Semi-Final
(Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Luke Humphries came from the brink of defeat to beat Dave Chisnall 10-9 to reach his first-ever televised PDC semi-final. Gerwyn Price, James Wade and Michael Van Gerwen also booked their place in the semi-finals of the 2021 UK Open in Milton Keynes. 

The first game of the day saw a vintage James Wade display as he came from 8-5 down to beat Simon Whitlock 10-8. Whitlock missed crucial doubles in consecutive legs to go 9-5 and 9-6 ahead, a mistake he would live to regret as James Wade took out a stunning 147 to narrow the deficit to 8-7.

 

The momentum was now with Wade as he raced through the final three legs to complete a superb comeback in the days first quarterfinal, averaging just over 98.

Iceman edges out Petersen in last-leg decider

The second game of the afternoon session saw the reigning world champion Price take on the African Warrior, Devon Petersen. Price was pushed all the way in an enthralling match as the Iceman came out on top, winning 10-9. 

Petersen started strong, breaking the Welshman's throw in the opening leg and was showing why he deserved to be playing on the main stage for the first time. 

The pair battled throughout with neither of them able to stamp their authority on the tie. Petersen did open up a two-leg league as he went 6-4 up but was unable to capitalise.  

Price, however, showed his class and experience as he closed out the deciding leg comfortably before letting off his characteristic roar as he nailed double top for the win. 

Humphries reaches first PDC televised semi-final

Luke Humphries battled back from 9-7 down to sensationally book his place in his first-ever semi-final of a PDC televised event. Dave Chisnall looked to have had the game sewn up before a remarkable come back from Humphries. 

The game had looked to have gotten away from Cool Hand Luke as he missed several key darts at double meanwhile Chisnall was starting to find his groove as he moved within one leg of the match. 

But, Humphries dug deep as Chisnall faltered and had the darts as the pair went into a deciding leg. Humphries took out double 10 to win with a 98.78 average, having thrown 6 180's. 

The win marks Humphries best ever performance in a major tournament following wins against Kim Huybrechts, Ryan Searle and Martin Kleermaker in the previous rounds.

The final game of the afternoon session saw Michael Van Gerwen overcome a spirited Kristof Ratajski. The Polish Eagle started well following his 10-3 demolition of Johnny Clayton yesterday, winning the opening two legs in 11 darts. 

Both players averaged way over the 100 marks in a tight game but it was Van Gerwen who kicked on and finished a 10-7 winner. His win sees a possible match up with the world number one Gerywn price in the final as the two were drawn in separate semi-finals. 

UK Open - Quarter-Final Results

Simon Whitlock 8 - 10 James Wade

Gerwyn Price 10 - 9 Devon Petersen

Dave Chisnall 9 - 10 Luke Humphries

Krzysztof Ratajski 7 - 10 Michael van Gerwen

UK Open - Semi-final Draw 

James Wade v Gerwyn Price

Luke Humphries v Michael van Gerwen

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