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World Darts Championship: Luke Littler continues dream debut by beating Matt Campbell to reach last-16 -Dlight News

Luke Littler will now face Jim Williams or Raymond van Barneveld in the fourth round on Saturday;the World Darts Championship runs all the way until the final on January 3, 2024 – we’re back on Thursday at 12.30pm, live on Sky Sports Darts

Teenager Luke Littler continued his dream World Darts Championship debut and set up a potential last-16 showdown against Raymond van Barneveld with a sensational 4-1 victory over Matt Campbell at the Alexandra Palace.

The 16-year-old had already announced himself on the world stage when he fired a 106.12 average in a straight-sets victory over Christian Kist in the opening round last week, then followed it up a day later when he claimed a 3-1 win over reigning UK Open champion Andrew Gilding.

Littler faced extra pressure and attention on Wednesday evening against Campbell, who had defeated James Wade to reach the third round, only for the former world youth champion to cement himself as a genuine title contender with a convincing win.

Backed by chants of “you’ve got school in the morning” from the vocal crowd, the fans’ favourite raced through the first two sets without losing a leg and battled back from 2-0 to claim the third in a final-leg decider, then responded to losing the fourth by taking out a 164 checkout on his way winning the fifth and securing his spot in the fourth round.

“Unbelievable,” Littler told Sky Sports. “I only wanted to win one game and I’ve won three. I’ve battled through it and I’m so happy. I just let my darts do the talking.

“As soon as I won that first game against Christian Kist I just settled and as soon as I went 2-0 up against Matt I tried to calm myself down because last time it didn’t go too well. I kept composed and got over the line.”

‘Superstar’ Littler marches on in the worlds

Littler broke Campbell in the opening leg and then fired the first maximum of the match on his way to a 13-dart hold in the next, before sealing the set by taking advantage of more wasteful finishing by Campbell.

Just 40 darts were required to wrap up the second set in straight legs, with Littler posting 14-dart finishes either side of a stunning 130 checkout and 12-dart break of throw against his stunned opponent.

Campbell finally got a leg on the board when he delivered a 72 checkout to take the opening leg of the third and broke throw with a 101 finish, only for the Canadian to waste three set darts to allow Littler back into the set.

Littler was able to break throw on D10 and then the level the set with a 56 checkout in the next, with both players wasting set darts in a nervy final-leg decider before the Englishman took out tops to move into a three-set advantage.

Campbell fell 2-1 down in the fourth set and in danger of a straight-sets defeat until he followed a 13-dart hold of throw with a brilliant ‘Shanghai’ 120 finish to win the set, but quickly trailed in the next when Littler fired in a remarkable 164 checkout against the darts.

Littler responded to losing the next leg by taking out a 100 finish for an 11-dart leg, before wrapping up his latest statement victory by firing into tops and becoming the youngest player to ever reach the last-16.

The unseeded star will now hope to extend his world championship run when he is in fourth-round action on Saturday, where he will face either former world champion Van Barneveld or Wales’ Jim Williams.

What’s happening on Thursday at the World Darts Championship?

Luke Humphries resumes his title bid on Thursday evening

Luke Humphries resumes his title bid on Thursday evening

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

Live World Darts Championship

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 action during the afternoon session.

Live World Darts Championship

December 28, 2023, 7:00pm

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World Darts Championship: Thursday Evening Fixtures

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

The sport’s biggest event sees the remaining players compete for the Sid Waddell Trophy and £2.5m in prize money at Alexandra Palace. You can watch all the action live on our dedicated Sky Sports Darts channel.

Watch the World Darts Championship all the way until the final on January 3, 2024 – live on Sky Sports Darts. NOW Sports Month Membership: £21 a month for 6 months

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