Littler gets ‘disgusting’ stroke of luck in Premier League defeat to Rob Cross

Littler gets 'disgusting' stroke of luck in Premier League defeat to Rob Cross

Littler was fancied to enjoy a deep run down south after demolishing Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith 6-2 in the quarter-final, averaging just shy of 107 in the process. Smith, who also averaged over a ton, was no match for the 17-year-old when he found his rhythm.

But Cross turned out to be a formidable opponent, firing an early warning shot to ‘The Nuke’ by thumping Gerwyn Price 6-1. Sure enough, Cross raced into a two-leg lead when he and Littler took to the stage in the semis.

Littler then appeared to have good fortune on his side as he began to fight back, as a dart bound for the treble 20 took a huge deflection, but instead of nestling into the one or the five, it shifted all the way across to the treble 18.