Van den Bergh and Humphries make triumphant starts to new PDC Development Tour season

By Alex Moss
18 FEBRUARY 2017 •9:40PM

Luke Humphries and Dimitri van den Bergh were victorious in the first two events of the 2017 PDC Unicorn Development Tour season.

Humphries claimed victory in the first event after beating Dawson Murschell in the final to win his first title, having reached a final last year.

The 22-year-old began with 4-1 wins over Jack Vincent and Pascal Herwig, before seeing off both Thomas Lovely and Jimmy Hendriks 4-2.

Humphries defeated van den Bergh 5-3 in the quarter-finals, with a victory over Adam Hunt by the same scoreline in the next round securing his place in the final.

A 5-1 win against Canada’s Murschell, who was playing in his first Development Tour final, clinched the title for Humphries.

Earlier in the tournament, Kenny Neyens had produced a brilliant nine-dart finish in his second round 4-0 win against Mikey Rees.

In the second event of the day, Belgium’s van den Bergh picked up his seventh Development Tour title after beating his compatriot Neyens 5-2 in the final.

The 22-year-old began his run to glory by edging out event one winner Humphries 4-3, before dropping two legs in defeats of Morgan Smith, Nico Ziemann and Brandon Walsh.

Van den Bergh then defeated Mike De Decker 4-2 to reach the quarter-finals, where he saw off Steve Lennon 5-1 to advance to the last four.

A 5-2 triumph over Hunt sealed his place in the final, before a 5-2 win against Neyens saw him clinch the £2,000 first prize.

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