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Luke Littler's interview after winning the Premier League might be his best yet

Luke Littler's interview after winning the Premier League might be his best yet

Luke Littler won the Premier League in his debut season

Luke Littler was crowned Premier League champion on his debut season with a win over Luke Humphries in the final.

The 17-year-old breezed past Michael Smith in the semi-final to book his place in the final and hit a sensational nine darter on his way to claiming the £275,000 prize pot, only the second person ever to hit a perfect leg in the final after Phil Taylor.

Winning the Premier League at the first time of asking takes his total prize money to £315,000 after he won £10,000 for each of his four nightly wins on tour.

Littler’s inclusion in the Premier League was heavily criticised as he had only been on the tour for two weeks when he was given a spot in the exclusive group and the youngster took aim at his critics during his post-match interview.

"One thing I want to say - for all the doubters, hello!" he told Sky Sports. “I have just picked up this, you don't doubt me anymore! It's so good to win in front of my girlfriend, manager and family. I don't know what to do now!

“It was just one of those weird feelings of people saying I wasn't good enough. I had just got to the World Championship final and got picked as I did and I accepted the invite and went onto win it.”

He added: “It is 100 per cent (the best night of my life).

"I couldn't believe it. I went over to Luke and he said 'go and celebrate with your family like you said to me' and I did.

"I just burst out crying and hugged them.

"Whenever I win something and go over to them, all the emotions come out because my mum and dad, they put their own money into me, got me the sponsors I have today, and I can't thank you enough."

Littler added that he had practised more than ever prior to the play-off at the 02 arena which was the key to being crowned champion.


He said: "Tonight is probably the most I have practised and it has paid off so maybe I need to practice at home.

"I have just got to keep going, keep enjoying it."

Despite his Premier League win, Littler will not get the chance to represent England at the upcoming Darts World Cup.

Both Smith and Humphries will represent their home nation due to a PDC rule which prevents Littler from competing.

The next tournament the 17-year-old could compete in is the World Matchplay on July 13 in Blackpool.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Darts, Premier League, Luke Littler