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Luke Humphries believes teenager Luke Littler will turn into a world champion; Premier League Darts returns to Sky Sports activities on Thursday February 1 as Cardiff kicks off the 17-week extravaganza during to the Play-Offs on Thursday Might 23 at London’s O2

By Raz Mirza at Alexandra Palace, London

Final Up to date: 04/01/24 6:48am

Luke Humphries edged out Luke Littler to win the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace

Luke Humphries admits he needed to ‘spoil the celebration’ after defeating 16-year-old Luke Littler to raise his maiden World Darts Championship title.

The debutant has set Alexandra Palace alight during the last fortnight and was one win away from producing one of many best sporting tales of all time by changing into the youngest world champion.

However he fell on the remaining hurdle as Humphries confirmed why he’s the brand new world No 1 with a scintillating 7-4 victory, which noticed him raise the Sid Waddell Trophy for the primary time.

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Highlights of Luke Humphries’ thrilling win over Luke Littler within the World Darts Championship remaining

Highlights of Luke Humphries’ thrilling win over Luke Littler within the World Darts Championship remaining

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Humphries stated he needed to win the Worlds as a result of he believes Littler will dominate darts

Humphries stated he needed to win the Worlds as a result of he believes Littler will dominate darts

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“Luke confirmed unimaginable grit, unimaginable dedication. We’ll by no means, ever see the likes of him once more. To go up on that stage in a world remaining and produce these darts. I used to be placing him beneath a lot stress,” stated Humphries.

“I really like the child to bits and I hope that he is within the Premier League and performs in every part as a result of I might love the share the stage with him much more.

“I’ve simply achieved one thing that may be a dream for darts participant, so I am actually, actually happy.

“Clearly the gang wished Luke to win and I could not begrudge them that as a result of it will have been a incredible story had he gained the match. What an unimaginable story would which were for our sport.”

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Watch the second Humphries hits the successful darts to defeat Littler

Watch the second Humphries hits the successful darts to defeat Littler

Life won’t ever be the identical for Littler, who now has a world profile, as his exploits have transcended the world of darts.

He could have fallen simply in need of attaining sporting immortality, however that is just the start for Littler and his time will certainly come, with many tipping him to turn into a a number of champion.

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The Athletic’s David Ornstein mirrored on Littler’s defeat to Humphries

The Athletic’s David Ornstein mirrored on Littler’s defeat to Humphries

“My dream was to be world champion and I needed to spoil the celebration however he will probably be a world champion and if he does not I will be very, very shocked,” admitted Newbury thrower, Humphries.

“He has grown darts larger than anyone might have imagined and what a approach he carried himself. He has obtained a incredible perspective and he has obtained a superb household behind him. He has obtained an enormous, huge future forward of him.

“He’s relentless, is not he? That might be his nickname. There was simply nothing that would have fazed him there. Each single leg on leg he appeared to discover a treble or two trebles.

“That was the world remaining for a 16-year-old. To place in a efficiency like that, if he would not have performed effectively we would have all forgiven him. He was unbelievable. I’ve obtained no superlatives to explain how good he’s.”

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Humphries hits a 170 checkout throughout his conflict in opposition to Littler

Humphries hits a 170 checkout throughout his conflict in opposition to Littler

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Littler responded by reeling a ‘Huge Fish’ of his personal

Littler responded by reeling a ‘Huge Fish’ of his personal

Humphries believes Littler must be handed a profitable place within the Premier League, including: “For those who’re not going to be overawed on this planet remaining I do not assume the Premier League goes to overawe you. It takes a whole lot of of you however he has to make his personal choice.”

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Try the most effective moments from the 2024 World Darts Championship

Try the most effective moments from the 2024 World Darts Championship

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Regardless of dropping to Humphries, Littler was happy together with his unimaginable run to the ultimate

Regardless of dropping to Humphries, Littler was happy together with his unimaginable run to the ultimate

When is the 2024 Premier League?

Michael van Gerwen lifted the Premier League for a document seventh time final yr

The 2024 Premier League Darts season will start in Cardiff on the primary day of February with the Play-Offs to happen at London’s O2 Area on the finish of Might.

Berlin, Glasgow, Newcastle and Exeter host occasions in February, earlier than the Premier League roadshow heads to Brighton, Nottingham, Dublin and Belfast in March.

Manchester, Birmingham, Rotterdam and Liverpool are the cities for April’s Premier League nights, earlier than Aberdeen, Leeds, Sheffield are the venues forward of the ultimate in London on Might 25.

Premier League Darts returns to Sky Sports activities on Thursday February 1 as Cardiff kicks off the 17-week extravaganza during to the Play-Offs on Thursday Might 23. Stream Sky Sports activities Darts with no contract via NOW

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