Luke Littler: Teenager hits nine-dart finish on Players Championship debut

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Teenager Luke Littler hit a nine-dart finish as he beat Michele Turetta 6-1 on his debut at the Players Championship event in Wigan.

The 17-year-old was cruising against Italian Turetta, 38, in the last-32 tie before he landed his second nine-darter of the season.

He also produced a perfect leg against Nathan Aspinall at the Bahrain Masters.

Littler went on to take the title in Bahrain with victory over Michael van Gerwen in the final last month.

A nine-darter is when a player scores 501 with the minimum number of darts required.

Littler was not the only player to achieve the feat in Wigan on Monday, or even the only teenager.

Two fellow competitors managed nine-darters, with 18-year-old Englishman Leighton Bennett doing so against Lukas Wenig and 50-year-old Northern Irish player Mickey Mansell also pulling off the achievement against Krzysztof Ratajski.

England's Littler has experienced a rapid rise in his career since reaching the World Championship final in January at the age of 16.

Following his first PDC senior trophy in Bahrain, Littler faced three-time world champion Van Gerwen, 34, in the final of the Dutch Masters, but was beaten 8-6 by the Dutchman.

The pair met again on night two of the Premier League in Berlin three days ago, with Van Gerwen beating Littler in the deciding leg of a thrilling final.

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