Although he left the scene remarkably quickly and in poor spirits, Luke Littler never really made it clear. Unlike popular English media. They saw how Michael van Gerwen was very close to the 17-year-old sensation during the final throws of the “decider” (5-5) in Berlin. No doubt Dimitri van den Berg can talk about that. This led to an infamous incident between the two at last year's World Cup.
He proved Littler is no prodigy after his last World Cup fairytale – in which he had no choice but to succumb to Luke Humphries in the final – on Thursday night in Berlin. On the second night of the Premier League, he beat first Rob Cross and then world champion Humphreys himself. To also push Van Gerwen to the limit in the final. What's more: Littler had an excellent chance to win his first evening in the Premier League with a 5-5 scoreline in the 'decisive game'. But coming out of 80 he missed the double 10 twice.
Sad for Littler and apparently also for the British tabloids, which added a rule unknown to the general public. They see how Van Gerwen found himself with both feet in the so-called 'exclusion zone', a space in which only the darts player who is allowed to move is allowed to move.
For darts' regulatory body, the Darts Regulatory Authority, this is “a clearly defined area around the point beyond which the darts player must throw) to allow the thrower sufficient freedom until the end of the throw.” According to the rules, that area must be respected and it is the responsibility of the second referee to point out a possible violation.
In practice, this is almost never punished, and it is Van Gerwen who sometimes fouls against this in order to put the necessary pressure on the opponent. Remember last year's World Cup semi-final, when things went sour between Van Gerwen and Dimitri van den Berg. The Dutchman also had one foot in the “Exclusion Zone” and close to the back of “Dancing Dimi”, something our compatriot could not appreciate. He replied to Van Gerwen – “Good job,” he seemed to say sarcastically – and waited a little longer before throwing the ball. When Van Gerwen found his double shortly afterwards, he shouted: “On his knees!” Final score: 6-0.
look. Van Gerwen angers Van den Berg in the 2023 World Cup:
This was already the third time that Littler and Van Gerwen had reached the final in 2024. Littler won in Bahrain, but Van Gerwen won in his homeland and on Thursday night in Berlin. Even if very narrowly. And thanks to the unknown rule?
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