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Littler survives Whitlock nine-darter to reach European Grand Prix

Luke Littler has reached the European Darts Grand Prix in April after coming through a nine-darter from Simon Whitlock during Wednesday’s qualifying stage.

The 17-year-old edged former World Championship runner-up Whitlock 6-5 before similar last-leg wins over Danny van Trijp and Ian White to take one of the 10 spots up for grabs.

Littler will now head to Sindelfingen, Germany for the European Tour event between April 19-21 alongside other qualifiers Martin Lukeman, Callan Rydz, Keane Barry, Christian Perez, Scott Williams, Stephen Burton, Mickey Mansell, Ritchie Edhouse and Jeffrey Sparidaans.

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Luke Littler stunned Nathan Aspinall with a nine-dart finish en route to winning the Bahrain Masters earlier this year

Littler – runner-up to Luke Humphries at the 2024 PDC World Championship in January – missed out on reaching the International Darts Open in Riesa, Germany from April 12-14 after losing in qualifying earlier on Wednesday.

The teenager was beaten 6-3 by Jitse Van der Wal in the last 80, with Van der Wal, Barry, Whitlock, Edhouse, Mervyn King, Mike De Decker, Owen Bates, Cameron Menzies, William O’Connor and Richard Veenstra taking their 10 spots.

Littler in Premier League action on Thursday

Littler is back in action on night four of Premier League Darts on Thursday as the tournament heads to Newcastle.

The Nuke, who will face winless Peter Wright in the quarter-finals, will be looking to bounce back from losing in the last eight to Gerwyn Price in Glasgow last week.

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Littler and Gerwyn Price played out an enthralling encounter in their quarter-final match on night three of Premier League Darts in Glasgow

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