Luke Littler ShushesCrowd, Secures Premier League Play-off Spot in Aberdeen

Luke Littler, 17, won the Premier League quarter-finals in Aberdeen, defeating Nathan Aspinall 6-5, and went on to win the event, securing his fourth nightly win of the season. Littler's victory solidified his position at the top of the Premier League table with 36 points, earning him a spot in the play-offs at London's O2 Arena.

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Luke Littler ShushesCrowd, Secures Premier League Play-off Spot in Aberdeen

Luke Littler ShushesCrowd, Secures Premier League Play-off Spot in Aberdeen

17-year-old darts prodigy Luke Littler secured a thrilling 6-5 victory over Nathan Aspinall in the Premier League quarter-finals in Aberdeen, Scotland on Thursday night. The tense match saw Littler initially struggle, missing six attempts at the double in the first leg. However, he later took control, winning the seventh leg to move into a 4-3 lead.

Aspinall fought back, taking the game to a last-leg decider. With Aspinall missing double 20 to win the game, Littler seized the opportunity and secured the victory. After clinching the win, Littler turned to the crowd and shushed them, responding to the jeers he received during the game. He appeared furious, looking back at the stand after being booed at various points in the contest.

This is not the first time the Warrington-born rising star has engaged in antagonistic interactions with the crowd, having previously rattled Liverpool fans in Merseyside by cupping his hands to his ears while being booed. Littler's victory over Aspinall was just the beginning of his impressive run in Aberdeen.

He went on to win the event, defeating Michael Smith 6-1 in the semi-final before securing a dominant 6-4 victory over former world champion Rob Cross in the final. This marks Littler's fourth nightly win of the season, having beaten Cross in successive weekly finals. The young sensation has made the final in six of the 14 weeks so far and has won an astonishing 12 games in a row across two Premier League weeks, including a European Tour success in Austria.

In his semi-final match against Smith, Littler averaged an impressive 110.1 and hit six of seven doubles to reach his fifth nightly final in six weeks. With this victory, Littler has not only secured his place in the Premier League play-offs but also solidified his position at the top of the Premier League table with 36 points. He will join world number one Luke Humphries in the four-man play-offs at London's O2 Arena on May 23.

When asked about his future plans, Littler stated, "I can just play with a free throw now that I'm through. I'll play to win but if it's not to be, it's all about getting ready for London." However, when questioned if he considers himself the best player in the world at the moment, Littler humbly replied, "No. I don't know who is."

This is Littler's debutPremier League campaign, and he has already gained a reputation for his antagonistic interactions with the crowd. The rising star has taken the darts world by storm since his PDC World Championship debut at 16 years old, reaching the final and smashing records along the way. The Premier League continues, all eyes will be on Luke Littler to see if he can maintain his winning streak and secure the title.

Key Takeaways

  • Luke Littler, 17, beats Nathan Aspinall 6-5 in Premier League quarter-finals.
  • Littler wins the event, defeating Michael Smith and Rob Cross in the semis and final.
  • This marks Littler's fourth nightly win of the season and 12th consecutive win.
  • Littler secures his place in the Premier League play-offs and tops the table with 36 points.
  • Littler remains humble, saying he doesn't consider himself the best player in the world.