Darts: Teen sensation Luke Littler continues fairytale run, reaches World Championship final

Sixteen-year-old Luke Littler continued his fairytale run at the World Darts Championship as he reached the final with a 6-2 thrashing of Rob Cross at a raucous Alexandra Palace.

Still 19 days shy of his 17th birthday, Littler started nervously and lost the opening set but took control with an astonishing display of scoring and double-hitting.

He is by far the youngest player to reach the final of the championships and Cross, the 2018 champion, could only watch on and admire his fellow Englishman.

Luke Littler.
Luke Littler. Photo credit: Getty Images

Littler won six successive legs after trailing for the first time in the tournament and was simply too clinical for his far more experienced opponent as he ran away to victory, sealing it with his trusty double 10.

"I have no words, it's just crazy to think I'm in a World Championship final in my debut. I was happy winning one game but I could go all the way," Littler told Sky Sports.

"Rob told me 'God bless, you're a step away, do it'.

"I've just settled on the stage. It took me a few legs to settle in the game and once I found that rhythm I was good to go."

Littler beat five-time world champion Raymond Van Barneveld 4-1 in the last 16, before outscoring 50-year-old Brendan Dolan 5-1 in the quarter-finals.

The English teenager will face the winner of the second semi-final between Scott Williams and Luke Humphries in the showpiece match.

"I'll do what I've been doing," Littler added. "In the morning I'll go for my ham and cheese omelette, then come here have a pizza and then practice on the board. That's what I've done every day.

"I'll be watching the other semi. I'm sure it will be another cracking game."

No unseeded player has ever won the PDC World Darts Championship.