Luke Littler shot dubbed 'spiteful' and 'nasty' as Luke Humphries wins World Darts Championship

Luke Littler shot dubbed 'spiteful' and 'nasty' as Luke Humphries wins World Darts Championship

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 04/01/2024

- 08:05

Updated: 04/01/2024

- 11:58

The two men faced off at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday night

Sky Sports commentator Wayne Mardle dubbed a shot by Luke Littler 'spiteful' and 'nasty' after a brilliant 122 checkout in the World Darts Championship final on Wednesday night.

The 16-year-old impressed throughout the showdown, which took place at Alexandra Palace.

Yet Littler was unable to come out on top, with Humphries showing why he's world No 1 with a brilliant display.

The 28-year-old beat his young opponent 7-4 to claim the prize.

Luke Littler

Luke Littler was unable to win the World Darts Championship on Wednesday night


However, while Littler lost, he still produced a performance that shows why he's one of the biggest talents in the country.

After racing into a 4-2 lead, the 16-year-old rocked Humphries with two triple 18s before checking out with a double seven.

And Mardle loved Littler's exploits after the darts star celebrated with gusto.

"That could be the one, that could be the one that breaks the number one's heart, look at his (Humphries’) face. Look at his face," said Mardle.

"That was just spiteful, that was dirty, that was nasty.

"That was everything that Luke Littler wanted to do!"

Despite Littler's brilliance, however, it was Humphries who will wake up the happier of the two players today.

The 28-year-old knew he would have to upset the crowd, as well as Littler, in order to reign supreme.

But Humphries managed to keep his composure to secure glory and win the competition at the seventh attempt.

Littler, who was handed a £200,000 cheque after finishing second, was gracious after the defeat.

"It has been unbelievable," stated the teenager.

"The one negative was I lost too many legs with my throw so Luke could break me.

"That was the only negative, I just couldn't hold my own throw and I didn't win.

"Every game has been good but that one has just really annoyed me, especially the three missed to keep it going.

"That's what the crowd wanted but fair play to Luke. He deserves it."


Luke Littler World Darts Championship

Luke Littler is proud of himself after finishing second at the World Darts Championship


Humphries, meanwhile, admitted he had to 'spoil the party'.

But he's backing Littler to win the World Championship in the future, saying: "Luke showed incredible grit, incredible determination. We will never, ever see the likes of him again.

"To go up on that stage in a world final and produce those darts. I was putting him under so much pressure

"I love the kid to bits and I hope that he's in the Premier League and plays in everything because I would love the share the stage with him a lot more.

"I've just achieved something that is a dream for darts player, so I'm really, really pleased.

Luke Humphries

Luke Littler was praised by Luke Humphries after his defeat in the World Darts Championship final


"Obviously the crowd wanted Luke to win and I couldn't begrudge them that because it would have been a fantastic story had he won the tournament.

"What an incredible story would that have been for our sport."

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