Luke Littler: Young shooter hits nine on route to beating Michael van Gerwen to win Bahrain Masters |  Darts news

Luke Littler: Young shooter hits nine on route to beating Michael van Gerwen to win Bahrain Masters | Darts news

Luke Littler beat Michael van Gerwen to win his first PDC event; the 16-year-old hit nine goals in the quarter-finals to become the youngest player to make nine goals in a televised game; Premier League Darts returns to Sky Sports on Thursday February 1

20:35, UK, Friday 19 January 2024

Luke Littler scored another historic victory as he beat Michael van Gerwen 8-5 to win the Bahrain Darts Masters final in his first PDC event.

It was the performance we’ve been waiting for from Littler, showing composure in the face of such a powerful force as the Green Machine.

All the darts went and threw the first seven legs but Littler was ruthless, not bending to MVG’s pressure and nailing the 11-dart leg to take the lead.

Littler then broke Van Gerwen’s throw to take his lead to 5-3 but the Dutchman didn’t let his luck last long, firing a 105 over the top to break straight.

As he always does, Van Gerwen kept coming back at Littler but the 16-year-old found another throw on D10 to go one leg, then put up 58 points to seal another historic victory.

After his victory, Littler admitted that the competition was the first time he had thrown arrows since his life-changing Worlds:

“Nobody believes me, but I haven’t shot arrows since the end of the world [earlier this month]Littler told ITV Sport.

Highlights of the 2024 World Darts Championship between Luke Humphries and youngster Luke Littler

“Yesterday was the first practice I did, but it all paid off.

“I’m happy to win and obviously I’m up against Michael. He’s still one of the best and I’m just happy to win on my debut.

“It’s been unbelievable this week. We’ve got eight in the Premier League and eight to qualify for Asia (to play in this tournament), but I’m happy to come out victorious.

“I didn’t make any goals this year, I didn’t even expect to win this trophy this week.

“It’s been good to come here with big people, big crowd again on my side, but I’m just happy.

“No goals for this year, just need to see what my arrows are doing.”

The youngster was playing in his second PDC event after becoming the youngest player to reach the World Championship final at Alexandra Palace, where he eventually lost to Luke Humphries, earlier this month.

Before the win, Littler hit a stunning ninth leg in his quarter-final win over Nathan Aspinall.

Littler needed just three runs to win his leg as he hit two 180s and then produced 141 and finished with double 12 to become the youngest player to hit a television player.

Bahrain Darts Masters: Results

Luke Humphries 4-6 Gerwyn Price
Michael Smith 6-1 Peter Wright
Nathan Aspinall 3-6 Luke Littler
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price 3-7 Luke Littler
Michael van Gerwen 7-6 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 5-8 Luke Littler

He was also only the second of nine players to be pitched in the World Series, the first since 16-year World Series champion Phil Taylor.

This set him up to set up a meeting with Gerwyn Price in the semi-finals which looked close, each holding his own throw under pressure.

Sky Sports’ Megan Wellens says young Luke Littler is inspiring the next generation and creating a ‘new era’ in the sport.

The key moment came when Littler broke the sixth leg throw to take the leg 4-2, taking the lead and then reeling in the Big Fish.

Littler showed his class again to score a 103 to make the catch and finish with an 89 on the bullseye to take the break and put himself one leg away.

Price fought back on the break with a perfect finish of 146 to make the Eagles 6-3 but Littler stayed calm and bounced back to secure his final spot on top.

What else happened on the last night in Bahrain?

Van Gerwen booked a place in the final against Littler by beating Rob Cross 6-4 in the quarter-finals before defeating Michael Smith in the final 6-5 in the semi-finals.

Cross didn’t put a foot wrong with the Green Machine, hitting both of his doubles, but Van Gerwen showed more power as he hit a 107-yarder.

Luke Humphries says he would love to add a Premier League title to his list of honors in 2024.

For Smith, it was a matter of missed opportunities as he failed to chase down the missed runs by MVG and the Dutchman delivered when it mattered, making 110 against a pitch he thought would meet Littler.

Luke Humphries’ 20-game winning streak came to an end as Price defeated the reigning world champion 6-4, while Smith took the spoils in a 6-1 rout of Peter Wright, while Snakebite failed to bowl. throughout the race.

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