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Premier League Darts LIVE: Result as Luke Littler throws nine-darter to claim biggest title of career

The 17-year-old darts sensation picked up his biggest title yet after beating world number one Luke Humphries 11-7

Chris Wilson
Friday 24 May 2024 00:49 BST
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Luke Littler is through to the Premier League final
Luke Littler is through to the Premier League final (Getty Images)

Luke Littler stormed to an enthralling 11-7 win in the Premier League Darts final to capture the biggest title of his career in front of 40,000 fans at the O2 Arena. 

The 17-year-old easily overcame his semi-final opponent Michael Smith, winning 10-5 and showcasing his impressive talent to an already excited O2 crowd. 

And Luke Humphries was equally impressive in his semi-final win over Michael van Gerwen, easing to a 10-5 win to set up a rematch of the world championship final. 

The pair couldn’t be separated after the first 10 legs, heading into the break at 5-5, both having showcased why they’re the two leading players in their sport. 

But it was Littler who really showed his class in the second period, landing an exceptional nine-darter to take a lead that he never relinquished.

The teenager finally fought off a brief challenge from Humphries to take the match 11-7 and land what may well be the first of many Premier League titles.

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How nine darts from the gods carried Luke Litter to Premier League glory

Luke Humphries stood and applauded, because, really, what else could he do?

Luke Littler had just thrown nine immaculate darts, each one greeted with a louder roar than the last. The first three landed while some of the crowd were still settling back into their seats after a break, spilling beer as they took their place. But by the end of the next three they were fully invested in the moment, and when Littler stepped back to the oche needing 141, grown men could be seen standing with hands on heads, gloriously bewitched and bewildered, knowing they were about to witness the live workings of teenaged genius.

Triple 20, thud; triple 19, thud. Double 12, thud. For the first time all night, Littler let his concentrated face slip and held his arms out to the delirious crowd with a grin as if to say, well, what did you expect?

Full story from the O2 Arena:

How nine darts from the gods carried Luke Litter to Premier League glory

Littler produced an astonishing nine-darter during the Premier League final to beat world No 1 Luke Humphries and claim the biggest win of his career so far

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In his interview just after his loss, Luke Humphries said that Littler “was much stronger than I was and he deserved to win”.

“if you look at the season as a whole, he deserved to be Premier League champion.

“It’s been a learning curve for me and for Luke as well. We both played our part in this tournament and I’m really proud to make the final.

“Of course I’m gutted not to win but you can’t win everything. Six out of seven major finals for me now, I can only build on it.

“I’m proud of Luke, everyone knows what I think of him, I love him to bits, he’s a great lad. I hope he enjoys himself and he deserves this moment.”

He finishes by adding that he thinks himself and Littler “are the two greatest players in the world at the moment, and this was another great battle”.

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Speaking to Sky after his win, Littler said that it was “so good to win in front of my family, my girlfriend and my manager”.

“I don’t know what to do! “I’ve hit a nine-darter on the World Series and so did Phil [Taylor]. Now I’ve hit one in the final here and so did he.

““I’m just enjoying it. I’ve been practicing really hard and you can probably see it on the oche. I was dead focused, I didn’t want to blink.

“I’m a major winner, I can put myself in that hat now - I can’t wait to go to New York next week and after that I’ll have to have a week off in Orlando.

“I can’t wait to play in all the events. I’ve done so well on the Euro Tour and Pro Tour that I’m guaranteed to be in the Matchplay and Grand Prix.”

On today’s opponent Humphries, he adds that “we’ll meet in many finals”.

Chris Wilson23 May 2024 22:50
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Luke Littler hits nine-darter as he storms to Premier League glory

Luke Littler’s incredible rise continued 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.

Luke Littler hits nine-darter as he storms to Premier League glory

Littler beat Luke Humphries 11-7 in the final.

Chris Wilson23 May 2024 22:44
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Littler becomes just the eighth Premier League Darts champion since the competition’s inception in 2005.

He joins greats including Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Glen Durrant, Raymond van Barneveld, Jonny Clayton and James Wade.

Humphries will be disappointed to not have made that list tonight, but surely he’ll have plenty more chances.

Shortly after his loss, the world number one said that himself and Littler are “going to have a lot of battles in the future”.

Chris Wilson23 May 2024 22:40
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Some shots of a beaming Luke Littler and a disappointed Luke Humphries, who was as gracious as ever in defeat.

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Littler was in a half-jubilant, half-defiant mood right after winning the title. The youngster asked ‘where his doubters were’ immediately as he was interviewed.

Chris Wilson23 May 2024 22:25
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Here’s a highlight of that amazing Littler nine-darter.

And this is the moment he became Premier League champion!

Chris Wilson23 May 2024 22:19
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Luke Littler 11-7 Luke Humphries

Humphries looks like he’ll survive at least one more leg, despite Littler’s 180.

He needs 81 to Littler’s 40, but he only gets 41!

Littler needs double 20 to win...

And he lands it! Luke Littler is the 2024 Premier League champion!

Chris Wilson23 May 2024 21:46
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Luke Littler 11-7 Luke Humphries

171 from Littler needs him leaving 98., but he only manages 58.

Humphries has the chance to win the leg with tops, but he only lands the 20!

Littler is within one leg of winning as he lands it!

Chris Wilson23 May 2024 21:44

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