Luke Littler to face £50,000 showdown with hero Raymond van Barneveld at the World Darts Championship after the Dutch star beat Jim Williams to set up a meeting with the 16-year-old sensation in round four

  • Van Barneveld beat Wales’ Jim Williams 4-1 in the third round of the tournament
  • The 2007 champ will face Littler after his win over Matt Campbell on Wednesday 
  • Cheshire teenage sensation is competing in the tournament for the first time 

Teenage sensation Luke ‘The Nuke’ Littler will face his hero hero Raymond van Barneveld in the Round of 16 of the World Darts Championship. 

The 2007 PDC world champion beat Wales’ Jim Williams 4-1 in the third round to set up a clash with the 16-year-old. 

Littler, who came through his third round clash with Matt Campbell to become the youngest player to reach the last 16 on Wednesday, spoke of his excitement at the prospect of facing the Dutch veteran. 

‘Raymond would be unbelievable to play against,’ Little admitted, when asked who he would rather face.

‘Obviously the crowd have got to pick and choose who they want on their side, so I’d be happy to play Raymond, but Jim’s in good form as well.’

Raymond van Barneveld progressed from round three of the World Darts Championship after a 4-1 win against Jim Williams

Luke Littler has admitted that he has nothing to lose as he enters the last 16 of the World Darts Championship

Luke Littler has admitted that he has nothing to lose as he enters the last 16 of the World Darts Championship 

The teenager has shot to stardom in the last few weeks at Alexandra Palace, winning over fans and critics alike for his game.

Having earned himself a pay day of at least £35,000 he has already revealed he plans to either go to Alton Towers or Blackpool with his friends at the end of the tournament, but he will be hoping to add to his prize further this weekend. 

Van Barneveld shared his admiration for Littler after his win on Friday and contrasted his antics at 16 to the Warrington native’s.  

‘I enjoy that boy. Really formidable,’ Van Barneveld said. ‘He’s 16 years old. When I was 16, I was still playing with Playmobil.

‘I have huge respect for that little guy and I can’t wait to play against him.’



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