Luke Littler is beaten by Michael van Gerwen in his maiden Premier League Darts final… as the 17-year-old misses two darts to win deciding leg in Berlin after knocking out two world champions
- Van Gerwen beat Littler in a deciding leg to win the season’s second event
- The Dutchman had a ‘fantastic night’ after several high-quality matches
- Van Gerwen said he wants to go on to face 17-year-old sensation Littler in the final
Teenage sensation Luke Littler missed out on his first win of the Premier League season after being taken out by reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in a thrilling final in Berlin.
A deciding leg was needed to determine the winner of the second meeting of the season in the German capital.
Littler was left to miss two match darts at double 10 to clinch victory, after Van Gerwen failed to hit a birdie to clinch victory.
Van Gerwen, the record seven-time Premier League champion, hit double four to seal a 6-5 victory.
“Having games against Luke Littler is always good,” Van Gerwen told Sky Sports.
The current champion, Michael van Gerwen, beat Luke Littler 6-5 in the Premier League in Berlin
Littler missed two game darts in the final to seal a first win in the Premier League
“It was a great night for darts when you look at all the averages and how everyone played.
“I’m really happy with my own performance today, I was able to give it the final push and I feel that was important for me.
I played very well, especially in the important moments and kept the pressure on my opponents.
“I feel good and there is more to come.”
Van Gerwen fought back from 4-1 down against Nathan Aspinall in his quarter-final to win 6-4 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The three-time world champion then held off a similar fightback from Michael Smith, last week’s winner in Cardiff, to claim a 6-5 victory in the last four.
Littler claimed back-to-back 6-5 wins over Rob Cross and Luke Humphries, a third straight win over the latter after losing last month’s World Championship final.
Van Gerwen has expressed hope that he will continue to play Littler in more finals in the future, having faced the teenager three times in a row.
Littler won their first meeting to capture the Bahrain Masters title as a 16-year-old, before Van Gerwen responded by winning the Dutch Masters.
Van Gerwen had a fantastic evening for darts after a series of high quality matches
The Dutchman added that he wants to continue to challenge 17-year-old sensation Littler in the final
“It’s good, I hope we can keep it that way as well,” Van Gerwen said when asked about facing Littler in another final.
‘In this format, in the Premier League, you have to be good week after week. It’s non-stop and I think it’s been good for me. I always put energy into my game and it helps me in the long run.
‘It’s only week two, everyone said “last week you lost in the first round”
“Don’t worry, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
Smith remains top of the Premier League table after backing up his win in Cardiff with a semi-final in Berlin.
Van Gerwen and Littler follow on five points, with the Dutchman second in the standings after winning the second round of the series.
The 17-match Premier League season will resume in Glasgow on February 15.