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Teenage sensation Luke Littler breezed into the semi-finals of the World Darts Championship with another wonderful display at Alexandra Palace to defeat Brendan Dolan 5-1 in Monday’s afternoon session.

Littler is the first debutant to reach the last four since Nathan Aspinall five years ago and looks at home in this tournament. After a slow start, Littler won three legs in a row to clinch the opening set then turned up the heat to move 4-0 ahead. Brendan Dolan held his nerve to take a set back against the throw but Littler had another gear to go to.

Three more legs went his way and the 16-year-old tidied up the match before taking selfies with the crowd as he set up a semi-final tie with Rob Cross.

The match followed a thriller as Cross came back from 4-0 down to beat Chris Dobey 5-4 and book his place in the semi-finals. Later tonight the three-time champion Michael van Gerwen will take on Scott Williams, before Dave Chisnall faces the world No 3 Luke Humphries.

Relive the match below and get all the latest darts betting sites offers here.


Meet Luke Littler – the 16-year-old darts prodigy lighting up the World Championship

Gilding, who is the reigning UK Open champion, was seeded 20th and is 37 years older than Littler, went down 3-1 as the teen prodigy showed the greater composure in the first two sets, with Gilding twice missing a pair of darts at double in the second.

Mike Jones1 January 2024 18:36


Littler on Rob Cross

Luke Littler spoke about what he is expecting in the semi-finals as he takes on Rob Cross who produced a miracle display to beat Chris Dobey on Monday afternoon.

Littler said: “He was unbelievable on debut as well and so am I. I’m looking forward to playing Rob tomorrow night.

“I didn’t like waking up at nine in the morning, so tomorrow chill and come back in the evening!”

Mike Jones1 January 2024 18:24


Luke Littler throws darts while still in nappies as star shares old family video

Teenage sensation Luke Littler is seen throwing darts while still in nappies as the player shared an old family video.

The 16-year-old, who has captured the hearts of fans around the world with his performances so far at Alexandra Palace, is seen in the family video throwing darts at the board.

The footage of Littler when he was just 18 months old is believed to have been taken by his mother in 2008, and was shared by the player on his Instagram page.

Luke Littler throws darts while still in nappies as star shares old family video

Mike Jones1 January 2024 18:15


Schedule of Play

Afternoon Session (12:30pm)

  • Rob Cross defeated Chris Dobey 5-4
  • Brendan Dolan lost to Luke Littler 5-1
  • Michael van Gerwen vs Scott Williams
  • Dave Chisnall vs Luke Humphries
  • Rob Cross or Chris Dobey vs Brendan Dolan or Luke Littler
  • Michael van Gerwen or Scott Williams vs Dave Chisnall or Luke Humphries

Wednesday January 3 (7pm)

2024 World Darts Championship final

Mike Jones1 January 2024 18:02


How to watch the tournament on TV

The World Darts Championship is on Sky Sports’ dedicated Darts channel with coverage beginning on 15 December and running through to the final on 3 January. Sky Sports customers can stream the action online via the app and website.

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Mike Jones1 January 2024 17:54


When is Luke Littler playing again?

Luke Littler returns to the Alexandra Palace on Tuesday evening.

The evening session kicks off at 7.30pm GMT on Tuesday with Littler taking on Rob Cross. With matches now best-of-11 set contests at the semi-final stage, we can expect Littler to take to the stage around 7.45pm.

Mike Jones1 January 2024 17:46


When is Luke Littler playing his World Darts Championship semi-final?

Littler’s latest victim was Brendan Dolan, a darts veteran playing in his 15th World Championship. Littler took the initiative early on and quickly amassed a 4-0 lead in terms of sets. Dolan managed to nick on back against the throw but the 16-year-old continued his rise to the top and claimed a spot in the final four.

The teenager has burst onto the scene at Alexandra Palace and became the youngest player to reach the semi-finals when he hammered Dolan. That victory comes after he defeated his hero, Raymond van Barneveld in the previous round and now the youngster is targeting a spot in the showpiece match.

Mike Jones1 January 2024 17:31


Teenager Luke Littler targets title after becoming youngest ever World Darts Championship semi-finalist

Though Christmas and New Year have come and gone, the celebrations continued for 16-year-old Luke Littler after he breezed into the semi-finals of the World Darts Championship following an impressive 5-1 victory over Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan.

Littler, now the youngest ever semi-finalist at the World Championship, started slowly and lost the opening two legs with the throw to be pushed firmly on the back foot. The teenager quickly found his rhythm though and fought back from two legs down to clinch the first set 3-2 with enough time to play up to the crowd.

That confidence remained throughout the match as Littler repeatedly set up finishes of 170 in an attempt to land the biggest possible checkout. He swept the second set 3-0 before quickly holding serve to leave the Northern Irishman shook. Two more breaks of throw in the fourth set meant that Dolan had only held throw three times in the match with Littler one set away from victory.

Mike Jones1 January 2024 16:50


Luke Littler defeats Brendan Dolan 5-1 to reach semi-finals

Here’s a bit of reaction from the 16-year-old following yet another brilliant victory at the Ally Pally.

“Wow. I’m in the semi-final on my debut. I’m glad to get here. I’ve earned it and my performances have been well.” he told Sky Sports.

“I’ve threw another 100+ average and my doubles are on 47 per cent, so it’s gone well today as well.

“If I keep it up, I’ve got a good chance. Now I am dreaming! I’m two games away. I’m definitely thinking about lifting the title. 100 per cent.

“My board management is probably one of the best. I know what I’m going for. I know what to set up.”

Mike Jones1 January 2024 16:31


Luke Littler 5-1 (3-0) Brendan Dolan

140! Littler is driving towards winning this match but Dolan is up to the task in this leg. He’s the first to leave a finish of 164 as Littler sets up another 140 checkout.

Dolan misses his chance but so does Littler. He slides his second dart wide of the treble 18.

Dolan has one dart at double 20 to save the match… he misses!

Littler in response needs double 4 and hits! The teenager is into the final four and looks incredibly difficult to beat. Rob Cross watch out.

Mike Jones1 January 2024 16:13


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