Luke Littler beats Rob Cross to reach Darts Championship final.
Luke Littler beats Rob Cross to reach World Darts Championship final.
Defeating Rob Cross to reach the final of the PDC World Darts Championship, Luke Littler continued his sensational run.
Having now earned £200,000, Littler is now the youngest person to reach the final, overtaking Kirk Shepherd, who was 21 in 2008.
The world champion won his debut on his debut. I have no words to describe him.” Littler told Sky Sports: “I was happy to win one game. Now I can go all the way.”
Littler said he would continue to do what he has done every day leading up to the final: “I’ll go for my ham and cheese omelet in the morning and then have a pizza and then prep on the board.”
With Humphries reaching the final for the first time, Littler will face the toughest test of his career.
Luke Littler, who turns 17 on 21 January, was serenaded by the Alexandra Palace crowd as the pair warmed up, with the phrases ringing around the famous venue.
Although Littler’s first few darts were scrappy and nervous, he overpowered 2018 champion Cross, 33.
This is Littler’s fourth match of the tournament with an average over 100. The only player to do that is Chris Dobey, who has already eliminated him three times.
A provisional ranking of 50 placed Littler in the semi-finals after starting the tournament ranked 164th. If he wins Wednesday’s final, he could rise as high as ninth and win £500,000.
Before making his debut on 20 December, he had only played four senior matches at PDC premier events. He has the opportunity to surpass Michael van Gerwen, who was 24 years and nine months old when he won his first title in 2014.