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Premier League Darts: Luke Littler picks up fourth night win of the season to secure play-off place | darts news

Luke Littler wins Premier League Darts Night 14 in Aberdeen to secure a play-off spot; he teenager eight points ahead of Luke Humphries with two weeks left in the regular season; Watch Week 15 in Leeds, live on Sky Sports from 7pm on Thursday 9 May


0:14, United Kingdom, Friday 03 May 2024

Luke Littler secured his place in the Darts Premier League play-offs by claiming a fourth night win of the season and second in a row by beating Rob Cross in the Aberdeen final.

Table leader Littler, who leads second-placed Luke Humphries by eight points, guaranteed a top-four position by defeating Michael Smith 6-1 in the semi-finals, a match in which he averaged 110 and enjoyed of a cash success of 86 percent. with finishes weighing more than three tons.

The 17-year-old then defeated Cross 6-4 in the Night 14 final, the same player he had downed to triumph in Liverpool a week earlier, adding to his back-to-back wins in Belfast and Manchester before that. In the competition.

Premier League Darts – Night 14 results

Quarter finals Peter Wright 4-6 Michael Smith
Lucas Littler 6-5 Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen 5-6 Rob Cruz
Semifinals Michael Smith 1-6 Lucas Littler
Lucas Humphries 5-6 Rob Cruz
Final Lucas Littler 6-4 Rob Cruz

Littler was fired up in Aberdeen, and even silenced the crowd after beating Nathan Aspinall 6-5 in a quarter-final match, in response to a whistle.

Littler silenced the crowd after sealing a 6-5 victory over Nathan Aspinall in the quarter-finals.

Littler helped Aspinall get the crowd going as he joined the iconic Mr Brightside ride.

Humphries is now also assured of a place in the play-offs at London’s O2 Arena on Thursday 23 May, despite his semi-final exit to Cross, whose hopes of breaking into the top four were boosted as he moved to within seven points of fourth place. placed Michael van Gerwen.

Humphries had been given a bye to the semi-finals after his scheduled opponent, Gerwyn Price, withdrew due to a back injury, and Price was no longer able to make the top four.

The two points that Humphries, world number one, collected in that victory took him to 28 for the campaign and left Van Gerwen, Smith, Cross and Aspinall fighting for the last two places in the play-offs during the last two weeks of the regular season, in Leeds on Thursday, May 9 and Sheffield on Thursday, May 16.



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How the Premier League Darts table looks after Night 14

Littler, who has joined defending champion Van Gerwen on four overnight wins this season, will face bottom-placed Peter Wright in the quarter-finals in Leeds, with Van Gerwen facing Price (fitness permitting), Humphries against Cross and Smith vs. Battle vs. Aspinall.

Who will make it to the Premier League play-offs?

Third-placed Aspinall (25 points) missed a match dart in his loss to Littler, while Van Gerwen (24 points) also fell in the first round when Cross recovered from 5-4 down to win 6-5 and get a third. successive victory over the Dutchman.

Peter Wright received a warm welcome in Aberdeen as he showcased his Proclaimers walk-on

Scottish star Wright couldn’t get a win in front of his home fans when Smith defeated him 6-4 in the first match of the night (Bully Boy was victorious with a checkout of 146), although Wright had the crowd dancing when he came out . to the Proclaimers classic ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’.

Littler put on the display of the night when he demolished Smith in the semi-finals, forgetting his poor doubling in his narrow victory over Aspinall by posting scores of 144, 124, 105 and 87.

Littler made 144 and 124 payments and recorded a 6-1 victory over Michael Smith in Scotland.

Cross gave him a tough test in the final, with Voltage breaking twice after losing a leg on his own throw, but Littler then broke Cross once again on a leg in which he threw seven perfect darts before his hopes of nine . The dart finish was ruined by a wayward eighth.

Cross then missed a dart on a double when he threatened to hit 126 and force a decisive leg, and Littler subsequently stepped up to post double 10 and move to 36 points for the season.

Littler beat Cross 6-4 to win Night 14 of Premier League Darts in Aberdeen

Is Littler the best player in the world right now?

Luke Littler, speaking to Sky Sports:

“I have adapted to the Premier League. I have gotten used to the routine (but I still don’t believe) that I am the best player in the world.

“Now I can settle into Leeds next week and then Sheffield and play freely. I’ll try to win the other two nights, but if I don’t, everything will be focused on London.”

Littler insists he is not the best player in the world despite claiming Darts’ fourth Premier League win of the season.

Wayne Mardle from Sky Sports Darts:

“I think Littler is playing like the best in the world right now, although that changes all the time. Humphries has gone crazy and Littler is getting better. Imagine how good he will be in five years!

“He has an arrogance. He seems to have come out of his shell (after Liverpool last week). He is shutting up the audience and there has been a change in him.”

Who will play who on Night 15 next week?

Watch live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm on Thursday 9 May

Quarter finals
Michael van Gerwen vs. Gerwyn Price
Luke Littler vs. Peter Wright
Luke Humphries vs. Rob Cross
Nathan Aspinall vs. Michael Smith

Premier League Darts continues on Thursday 9 May in Leeds. Watch it live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm or stream it with NOW.

Premier League Darts 2024: results and schedule

Night 1 Cardiff February 1st Winner: Michael Smith
Night 2 Sedan February 8th Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 3 glasgow February 15 Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 4 Newcastle February 22 Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 5 Exeter February 29 Winner: Nathan Aspinall
Night 6 Brighton 7 of March Winner: Luke Humphries
Night 7 Nottingham March 14 Winner: Luke Humphries
Night 8 Dublin March 21st Winner: Luke Humphries
Night 9 belfast 28th March Winner: Luke Littler
Night 10 Manchester April 4 Winner: Luke Littler
Night 11 Birmingham April 11 Winner: Michael van Gerwen
Night 12 Rotterdam April 18th Winner: Nathan Aspinall
Night 13 Liverpool April 25th Winner: Luke Littler
Night 14 Aberdeen May 2 Winner: Luke Littler
Night 15 leeds May 9
Night 16 sheffield May 16
finals night The O2, London may 23

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