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Rob Cross scoops Baltic Sea Open crown as Luke Humphries hits nine-darter in vain

World champion Luke Humphries' nine-darter not enough to prevent Rob Cross storming to Baltic Sea Open title in Kiel; watch the Premier League Darts every Thursday night up until the Play-Offs at London's O2 on Thursday, May 23 - live on Sky Sports

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Rob Cross withstood a Luke Humphries nine-darter to clinch the Baltic Sea Open title with a thrilling 8-6 victory in Sunday's final in Kiel.

Both players threw five 180s each and averaged over 104 in a high-quality contest.

World champion Humphries looked on course to claim a seventh European Tour title when he opened up a 5-3 lead over Cross with a sensational nine-darter in front of a delirious crowd at the Wunderino Arena.

But Cross delivered an emphatic response, winning four of the next five legs before hitting a 100-checkout to seal the second European Tour event victory of his career and £30,000 prize money.

"To hit back-to-back 12-darters to win was great and I'm happy that I've won something - it's been a while!" Cross said.

"It's an amazing experience to come up and win something again. I've got a new regime at the minute and it's working. I feel much better, much fresher in the longer days and long may it continue."

"Me and Luke always have good games and I really enjoyed it," added Cross. "He's number one for a reason - he's the best player on the planet.

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"I like playing Luke and he likes playing me - he's probably got the upper hand of late. He's got the world at his feet and we have a great friendship."

Where does the Premier League head next?

The Premier League continues with Night 16 at the Utilita Arena, Sheffield on Thursday, May 16, as Michael Smith and Nathan Aspinall collide in a winner-takes-all quarter-final showdown.

Reigning world champion Humphries goes head-to-head with Gerwyn Price, teenager Luke Littler will play Peter Wright for a place in the semi-finals, while Michael van Gerwen and Cross are also in action.

Cross can no longer gatecrash the top four ahead of the play-offs, but second-placed Humphries is the only man who can stop Littler from finishing first in the league phase.

Fixtures: Night 16 at Utilita Arena, Sheffield on Thursday, May 16

Luke Littler vs Peter Wright
Nathan Aspinall vs Michael Smith
Luke Humphries vs Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen vs Rob Cross

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Mark Webster looks at who will clinch the final spot in the play-offs as Nathan Aspinall and Michael Smith do battle on Night 16 of the Premier League in Sheffield

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