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'I'm hungry for more' - Luke Humphries reacts after edging Gary Anderson to Grand Slam semi-final

An astonishing display from Luke Humphries saw him average 103.56 to come out on top of a high-class encounter with Gary Anderson at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Humphries, who lifted TV silverware for the first time at October's World Grand Prix, came back from 1-5 and 4-8 down to win 16-14 and reach the semi-finals for a second successive year.

"It was a pleasure to share the stage with one of the greats of the game at his best," Humphries reflected.

"It really meant a lot to me, we both played a fantastic game which was a privilege to be part of.

"I think I showed a lot of bottle at the end, Gary threw everything at me but I just kept digging in which is testament to the new temperament I've got.

"This has been a breakthrough year for me, it's been the year I've always dreamed of, but I'm hungry for more."

Despite a 170 checkout from Humphries in leg four, Anderson raced into a 5-1 lead as the two-time Grand Slam runner-up took control.

Back-to-back legs saw Humphries take a foothold in the contest, only for Anderson to respond with finishes of 150 and 128 to restore a four-leg cushion at 8-4.

Humphries took the next four legs, before taking the lead for the first time at 10-9.

A 132 checkout from Anderson saw him move back within a leg of Humphries at 11-12, and a 131 from the Scot saw him level the tie once again at 13-13.

Anderson then regained the lead at 14-13, before Humphries reeled off the last three legs to book his place in the final four.

Saturday's action at WV Active Aldersley will see the final two quarter-final ties take place, as Michael van Gerwen's conqueror Damon Heta takes on three-time quarter-finalist Rob Cross.

Meanwhile, the evening’s opener sees America's Stowe Buntz looking to continue his fairytale Grand Slam debut against the in-form Stephen Bunting.

Photo Credit: Kieran Cleeves/PDC

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