Warrington teenager is the youngest ever player at darts’ UK Open in Minehead

A 16-year-old darts player from Warrington made his debut in the UK Open over the weekend, winning three games.

Luke Littler came through qualifiers to reach darts’ ‘FA Cup’ as its youngest ever player and was tipped for a strong showing as the reigning Junior Darts World Champion.

Luke Littler in his opening game. Image from PDC Youtube

Littler was tasked with opening the tournament on Friday and a 6-0 triumph over Nick Fulwell made him the youngest ever player to win on the UK Open stage. 

Commentator Stuart Pyke said: “With respect to Luke Littler, who’s 16 years of age, but I don’t think he’d have any problems getting in a pub or a club.

“I think he looks a little older, doesn’t he?”

The young starlet went on to claim two further victories, knocking out Rusty-Jake Rodriguez and Ritchie Edhouse, peaking with a 96 average.

In the end, a narrow defeat to eventual semi-finalist Adam Gawlas ended the teenager’s first taste of UK Open action, but his performances hinted at a bright future.

The eventual victor of the tournament was a 200/1 outsider in Andrew Gilding, who picked up his first major honour at the age of 52.

Gilding, nicknamed ‘Goldfinger’, came from 8-5 down to win a last leg decider and defeat world number three Michael van Gerwen in the final.

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