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LUKE HUMPHRIES claimed his first Challenge Tour title to continue a brilliant 2017, following two victories on the Development Tour earlier this year.

Humphries prevailed in event 12 of the PDC’s second tier tour, which provides a potential route to securing a tour card to compete on the ProTour next year, with a series of match wins on Sunday in Milton Keynes.

Humphries began the afternoon with victories over Adam Whieldon, Mark Carter and Mark Wilson to secure his place in the last 16, where he defeated former World Youth Champion James Hubbard 5-1.

The quarter-finals saw another 5-1 win for Humphries as he overcame Aaron Dyer, then securing a spot in the final with a yet another 5-1 victory over Joshua Richardson.

His opponent in the final was three-time World Grand Prix quarter-finalist Andy Smith, who Humphries defeated in a deciding leg to seal his first Challenge Tour title and continue his impressive emergence this year.

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