Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2024
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Luke Littler laughs and gestures as Michael van Gerwen misses three darts at double | Other | Sport

Luke Littler could not help laughing after Michael van Gerwen missed three darts at double in their Premier League semi-final meeting in Leeds. Van Gerwen breezed past Littler to set up a final meeting with hometown hero Luke Humphries, putting an end to the teenager’s impressive run of form.

Matches between Littler and Van Gerwen are usually full of quality but the standards hit the floor in the fifth leg, which resembled pub darts with both men slugging it out on double one. Van Gerwen was 3-1 up and made an impressive start, needing double eight to seal the deal and move even further ahead.

The Dutchman failed to take his chances, though, hitting the single eight and then a single four to leave himself on a double two. Littler then spurned an opportunity to check out 60 for the leg before Van Gerwen missed another three doubles, with Littler going on to to hit 18 and leave himself on double one.

Van Gerwen stepped up for another go at closing out the leg but could only manage a single two before missing with his two remaining darts. It left both players needing double one, prompting Littler to burst out laughing with the crowd jeering in the background.

Littler responded by gesturing for the fans to make more noise before stepping up and missing with his first dart at double one. The next dart landed in the single one, rendering him bust and allowing Van Gerwen yet another chance to move into a 4-1 lead.

Van Gerwen finally got the job done at the next time of asking to finish a 26-dart leg and put himself well on the way to victory. He wrapped up the match by winning the next two legs but was ultimately forced to go home empty-handed, with Humphries beating him in the final.

Littler, Van Gerwen and Humphries have already qualified for the Premier League play-offs but one more place will be up for grabs in Sheffield next week. It will go to either Nathan Aspinall or Michael Smith, with Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and Rob Cross unable to catch them in the standings.

It remains to be seen who will come out on top in this year’s play-offs at the O2 Arena later this month. Littler will be hoping to cap off his incredible season with a debut Premier League triumph, which could be the first of many if he continues to hit new heights.

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