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Teenager Littler into world darts semis as title favourite Van Gerwen crashed out

English teenager Luke Littler became the youngest semi-finalist of the world darts championships after smashing Brendan Dolan 5-1 in the quarters on Monday.

The 16-year-old will play 2018 winner Rob Cross in a last-four clash at Alexandra Palace.

Three-time winner Michael van Gerwen, however, suffered one of the biggest shocks in recent times, going out 5-3 to unseeded Scott Williams in the last eight.

Van Gerwen’s exit confirms Littler’s status as a genuine contender to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy on Wednesday.

He has already proven he is ready to compete on the biggest stage after taking out UK Open winner Andrew Gilding and his hero Raymond van Barneveld on the way to the last eight and he maintained that form against Dolan.

And the teenager believes it is going to “take a lot” to stop his juggernaut.

“It feels unbelievable. I would never have thought I would have got to the semis on my debut year,” he said.

“Brendan was just another opponent in my way and I have brushed him aside and now I am into the semi-final.

“It’s going to take a lot to stop me, based on my performances so far. But it is about whatever Luke Littler turns up.

“I have got the ability to go all the way, if it’s not to be tomorrow night, it’s not to be.

“I know I have got a good chance and I have got a good feeling I could go all the way tomorrow.”

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