Only four players remain in the battle to lift the PDC World Championship as the battle for supremacy reaches the semi-final stage.
Luke Littler, Rob Cross, Scott Williams and Luke Humphries are the quartet with eyes on the Alexandra Palace prize and the stage is set for two cracking semi-finals.
Littler has enjoyed an incredible run to the last four and the 16-year-old faces Cross in a huge last-four showdown.
Williams caused a major upset when beating Michael van Gerwen on Monday night and Shaggy’s appearance in the semis is an even bigger shock than Littler’s.
Williams takes on pre-tournament favourite Humphries, who appears to be peaking at the right time.
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Luke Littler to beat Rob Cross @ 4/6
Littler has stunned the Ally Pally crowd and the 16-year-old world youth champion has looked almost unstoppable on his run to the semi-finals of the PDC World Championship.
The Nuke has dropped only four sets in five matches on his way to the last four and the Warrington arrowsmith has dismissed the challenge of Christian Kist, Andrew Gilding, Matt Campbell, Raymond van Barneveld and Brendan Dolan.
The 16-year-old has recorded an average of more than a ton in three of his five matches, with a three-dart high of 106.12 coming in the first-round against Kist.
There is no doubt that the challenge against Cross is by a long way the toughest that Littler has faced on the Ally Pally stage, but the Nuke has shown no signs of faltering.
Littler appears to be an alien arrowsmith sent from planet darts, who is determined to conquer the sport and it’s hard to see how Cross can disarm the Nuke.
Voltage was all but out when trailing Chris Dobey 4-0 in a race to five sets at the quarter-final stage, and although the Hastings thrower battled back to secure an unlikely 5-4 victory, the 33-year-old’s form is just too patchy to have any real confidence in his chances against Littler.
Cross has recorded a tournament high average of 101.32 and his 16-year-old opponent has already put up three numbers better than Voltage’s peak.
It’s 4-6 that Littler books his place in the final and there’s a strong case to say that the Nuke should be a little shorter.
Luke Humphries -3.5 sets @ EVS
It took a while for the Humphries that has dominated the darting season to arrive at the PDC World Championship, but Cool Hand Luke delivered on the Alexandra Palace stage with a commanding 5-1 quarter-final victory over Dave Chisnall.
The Newbury thrower averaged 103.5 to reach his first World Championship semi-final and the question mark over Humphries’ ability to perform at the Ally Pally extravaganza appears to have been answered.
Williams pulled off a massive upset to stun Van Gerwen in the quarter-finals and that followed good wins over Damon Heta, Martin Schindler and Danny Noppert. However, this is likely to be where the run ends and taking Humphries to give Williams a 3.5-set start looks the play.
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