Nine-dart Luke Littler storms to Premier League glory

Jonathan VealPress Association
Luke Littler is the new Premier League champion after beating Luke Humphries in the final in London. (AP PHOTO)
Camera IconLuke Littler is the new Premier League champion after beating Luke Humphries in the final in London. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP

Luke Littler continued his remarkable rise as he hit a stunning nine-dart finish on his way to becoming the Premier League champion on debut.

The 17-year-old threw a perfect leg of darts in a thrilling final against Luke Humphries as he gained revenge for his heartbreaking defeat in the World Championship showpiece in January.

Littler became the first player to hit a nine-dart finish in the Premier League final since Phil Taylor did it twice in 2010 and that surely will not be the only time the teenager emulates 'The Power' over the next few years on the road to stardom.

He was in tears at the end as he became the sport's youngest-ever major champion by winning its second biggest tournament on his debut, thrilling a record 14,000 fans at London's O2 Arena with an 11-7 victory over Humphries.

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Victory for 'The Nuke' continues an amazing story which began when he burst onto the scene at Alexandra Palace over Christmas and he has since gone on to transcend the sport.

Twelve months ago he was sitting for his exams, now he is one of the most famous sports stars in the country.

And he is backing it up on the oche, following up titles in the World Series and European Tour with a first major triumph.

He was the best player throughout the tournament, topping the 16-week league phase, having been handed a wildcard entry into the event due to his performance at Ally Pally.

Critics questioned whether he was ready for the challenge and he proved them all wrong.

"One thing I just wanted to say, to all the doubters, 'Hello!'" he said. "I've just picked up this, you're not doubting me any more."

Humphries said: "I was trying to stick in there, there was a massive breeze on stage all night and it is so hard to deal with.

"He is a fantastic player, he really is. I think me and Luke are the two greatest players in the world at the moment. We are going to have many battles. He deserves to be Premier League champion."

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