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By Ali Stafford at Alexandra Palace

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A glance again one of the best of the motion from the night session of Day Ten on the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

A glance again one of the best of the motion from the night session of Day Ten on the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith marched into the fourth spherical of the World Darts Championship, as teenager Luke Littler continued his dream debut on the Alexandra Palace.

Van Gerwen continued his bid for a fourth world title as he thrashed compatriot Richard Veenstra in straight units, whereas defending champion Smith moved into the subsequent spherical after seeing off Madars Razma 4-1.

Sixteen-year-old Littler produced one other assertion efficiency to change into the youngest participant in historical past to succeed in the final 16, with the previous world youth champion successful his first three units on his approach to a 4-1 win over Matt Campbell.

World Darts Championship: Wednesday Night Outcomes

Matt Campbell 1-4 Luke Littler (R3) Michael van Gerwen 4-0 Richard Veenstra (R3) Michael Smith 4-1 Madars Razma (R3)

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Luke Littler produces a superb 164 end towards Matt Campbell within the World Darts Championship third spherical.

Luke Littler produces a superb 164 end towards Matt Campbell within the World Darts Championship third spherical.

Former world champion Rob Cross progressed after a 4-2 victory over Jeffrey de Graaf earlier within the day, with Dave Chisnall and Scott Williams – who got here by way of a final-set decider towards Martin Schindler – additionally successful within the afternoon session.

Littler continues dream debut

Littler moved a step nearer to a possible last-16 showdown with Raymond van Barneveld after a snug win over Campbell, posting a 97.19 common and hitting eight maximums to increase his successful streak in his maiden world championship look.

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Matt Campbell watches on in awe as 16-year-old Luke Littler finds a superb 130 of their third spherical match on the World Darts Championship.

Matt Campbell watches on in awe as 16-year-old Luke Littler finds a superb 130 of their third spherical match on the World Darts Championship.

The followers’ favorite raced by way of the primary two units with out shedding a leg and battled again from 2-0 down to say the third in a final-leg decider, then responded to shedding the fourth by taking out a 164 check-out on his manner successful the fifth and securing his spot within the fourth spherical.

Littler had already thrashed Christian Kist in straight units and seen off reigning UK Open champion Andrew Gilding previous to beating Campbell, with the most recent win that means he’ll face both Van Barneveld or Wales’ Jim Williams within the subsequent spherical.

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Luke Littler turns into the youngest participant to qualify for the final 16 of the World Darts Championship, however will he have a good time together with his trademark celebratory kebab?

Luke Littler turns into the youngest participant to qualify for the final 16 of the World Darts Championship, however will he have a good time together with his trademark celebratory kebab?

“Unbelievable,” Littler advised Sky Sports activities. “I solely needed to win one recreation and I’ve received three. I’ve battled by way of it and I am so comfortable. I simply let my darts do the speaking.

“As quickly as I received that first recreation towards Christian Kist I simply settled and as quickly as I went 2-0 up towards Matt I attempted to calm myself down as a result of final time it did not go too properly. I stored composed and received over the road.”

Van Gerwen whitewashes Veenstra

Van Gerwen made mild work of fellow Dutchman Veenstra, dropping simply 4 legs and registering a 101.39 common to arrange a final 16-meeting with both Stephen Bunting or Florian Hempel.

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Michael van Gerwen makes it clear that he needs Stephen Bunting subsequent after he coasted into the final 16 on the World Darts Championship.

Michael van Gerwen makes it clear that he needs Stephen Bunting subsequent after he coasted into the final 16 on the World Darts Championship.

The ‘Inexperienced Machine’ opened with a 13-dart maintain and wrapped up the opening set with an 11-dart leg, with the previous world No 1 then taking management of the competition by securing the second set with back-to-back 11-darters.

Veenstra prolonged the third set with a 120 checkout however misplaced it to a final-set decider, earlier than Van Gerwen breezed by way of the ultimate set and accomplished an emphatic victory with a 130 end.

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Michael van Gerwen iced a dominant 4-0 third-round Worlds win over Richard Veenstra with a superb 130 checkout.

Michael van Gerwen iced a dominant 4-0 third-round Worlds win over Richard Veenstra with a superb 130 checkout.

“I undoubtedly felt snug,” Van Gerwen advised Sky Sports activities. “I had some poor legs however do not get me mistaken I feel it was a great recreation. I did not need to give him the sensation that there was something to get from this recreation.”

Smith strikes step nearer to defence

Smith maintained his bid for back-to-back world championship titles though regarded removed from his sensible finest at occasions throughout his 4-1 win over Razma.

Bully Boy posted two ton-plus finishes within the first set, together with a 130 checkout to carry throw with Razma left on the double, just for his taking part in associate to seal the opener with a 14-dart maintain.

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Michael Smith is into the final 16 after a troublesome third-round match towards Madars Razma on the World Darts Championship.

Michael Smith is into the final 16 after a troublesome third-round match towards Madars Razma on the World Darts Championship.

Smith received the subsequent two units and took benefit of Razma losing two set darts on D20 within the fourth to return by way of a final-leg decider and open up a two-set benefit, earlier than displaying his class to race by way of the fifth.

He adopted an 11-dart maintain by breaking throw with an 80 checkout, then threw six excellent darts on his approach to finishing victory with a 13-darter and securing an all-English conflict subsequent towards both Ross Smith or Chris Dobey.

“It wasn’t my finest however I battled and received over the road in the long run,” Smith advised Sky Sports activities. “I wasn’t proud of the efficiency however am comfortable to get to the subsequent spherical. I get to relax out and discover my A-game for the remainder of the match now.”

World Darts Championship: Wednesday Afternoon Outcomes

Scott Williams 4-3 Martin Schindler (R3) Dave Chisnall 4-1 Gabriel Clemens (R3) Rob Cross 4-2 Jeffrey de Graaf (R3) What else occurred on day 10?

Cross averaged 101 and landed 10 maximums to say a hard-fought victory over De Graff, having received six of his opening eight legs earlier than being pegged again by the Dutch-born Swede.

De Graaf received the third set and responded to shedding the subsequent to say the fifth, just for Cross to fireside a 113 common within the sixth set to every the last-16 for a 3rd consecutive yr.

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Rob Cross mentioned he loved the battle towards Jeffrey de Graaf and says he fancies himself, regardless of the gamers left on his facet of the draw.

Rob Cross mentioned he loved the battle towards Jeffrey de Graaf and says he fancies himself, regardless of the gamers left on his facet of the draw.

Williams defied 13 maximums from Martin Schindler to return by way of a final-set decider and attain the last-16 for the primary time in his profession, firing 152 and 146 checkouts alongside the best way, whereas 2021 semi-finalist Chisnall breezed previous Clemens 4-1.

What’s taking place on Thursday on the World Darts Championship?

Pre-tournament favorite Luke Humphries will resume his title bid towards German debutant Ricardo Pietreczko on Thursday, as 2021 champion Gerwyn Value faces Brendan Dolan.

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December 28, 2023, 12:30pm

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World Darts Championship: Thursday Afternoon Fixtures

Florian Hempel vs Stephen Bunting (R3) Joe Cullen vs Ryan Searle (R3) Ross Smith vs Chris Dobey (R3)

Joe Cullen takes on Ryan Searle with Stephen Bunting and Chris Dobey in motion throughout the afternoon session.

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December 28, 2023, 7:00pm

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World Darts Championship: Thursday Night Fixtures

Gerwyn Value vs Brendan Dolan (R3) Luke Humphries vs Ricardo Pietreczko (R3) Ricky Evans vs Daryl Gurney (R3)

The game’s largest occasion sees the remaining gamers compete for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £2.5m in prize cash at Alexandra Palace. You’ll be able to watch all of the motion reside on our devoted Sky Sports activities Darts channel.

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