Darts: Littler's run continues: in the World Cup semi-final against Cross

Darts teenager Luke Littler's unexpected run at the World Championships in London continues.

Darts: Littler's run continues: in the World Cup semi-final against Cross

Darts teenager Luke Littler's unexpected run at the World Championships in London continues. The 16-year-old Englishman moved into the semi-finals with a confident 5-1 win over Northern Irishman Brendan Dolan.

There, "The Nuke" (The Atomic Bomb) faces former world champion Rob Cross, who had previously won a memorable match against compatriot Chris Dobey 5:4.

Debutant Littler has only given four sets in all of his five World Cup games so far. The successes over Christian Kist (3:0), Andrew Gilding (3:1), Matt Campbell (4:1), Raymond van Barneveld (4:1) and now against veteran Dolan were all confident. As a reward after victories, Littler always treated himself to a kebab. Dolan, who had previously defeated former world champions Gary Anderson (Scotland) and Gerwyn Price (Wales), had no chance at Alexandra Palace on Monday.

Cross turns 0:4

Littler has been expected to win the world title since the Christmas break at the latest. At his first major tournament with the world association PDC, the man from near Liverpool excelled with his performances. In the world rankings, he immediately improved into the top 50. With a world title worth 500,000 pounds (almost 600,000 euros), Littler would even make it into the top ten.

The fact that the semi-final opponent on Tuesday (8.30 p.m./Sport1 and DAZN) is called Cross and not Dobey was due to a fantastic comeback by the 2018 world champion. The 33-year-old won 5-4 on New Year's Day after being 4-0 down. For Dobey, the tournament, which had been so promising to date, in which he also defeated world champion Michael Smith from England 4-0 in the round of 16, ended in bitter disappointment.

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