16-year-old Luke ‘The Nuke’ in final of world darts championship


16-year-old British teenager Luke “The Nuke” Littler’s sensational run at the World Badminton Championships continues after he defeated former champion Rob Cross 6-2 in Tuesday’s semi-final.

Littler stunned England over the festive period with his fairytale performance on his debut at London’s Alexandra Palace.

En route to the final, he got rid of his hero, Raymond van Barneveld, and 2018 winner, Cross, who had no answer as Littler’s three-dart average reached 106.

“I am dumbfounded. It’s crazy that I’m in a world championship final during my debut,” Littler said as he celebrated with an emotional hug from his mother.

“I was in my prime to win one game, but now I can make it to the end.

“My goal was to be here after Christmas – and here I am now in the final.

“I just calmed down on stage; once I find my rhythm, I’ll be fine.”

Littler will face Luke Humphries in the final on Wednesday after beating third seed Scott Williams 6-0.

The young man from Warrington, and England’s north-west, also has no plans to change his routine as the tournament progresses.

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” he says.

“In the morning there is my ham and cheese omelette, later a pizza and then I practice on the board.”