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Luke Littler has been spotted out preparing for his world championship darts final in the most British way ever, by nipping into a local fry-up cafe with his girlfriend for an omelette before the big Ally Pally showdown.

Littler is talk of the sporting world right now, as he bids to write history and break records by beating Luke Humphries and winning the World darts Championship title at just 16-years-old.

The teenager was seen heading into the millennium cafe in Angel with girlfriend Eloise Milburn, on the day of the big showdown at the iconic Alexandra Palace.

It has been a huge few weeks for Littler, who has simply defied expectations over and over again.

Despite entering the tournament as a little known hopeful, momentum has soared around the Warrington star, who has now set his sights on clinching the title on his debut appearance.

But, inkeeping with his laid back and down-to-earth manner, Littler and his entourage treated themselves to a trip into the highstreet cafe where a set English breakfast costs punters £8.80, or £8.50 should customers opt for a ‘healthy’ option of scrambled eggs, avocado, salmon and grilled tomatoes.

The 16-year-old dominated 2018 champion Rob Cross 6-2 in the semi-final yesterday evening, and his match with Humphries will see him become the youngest-ever finalist at a premier darts tournament, regardless of the outcome.

Littler’s run to the final has been nothing short of sporting excellence, with his display of darts looking very much at home alongside the seasoned professionals.

After cruising past Christian Kist 3-0 in the opening round, Littler beat Andrew Gilding (ranked 20) 3-1 thereafter before defeating Matt Campbell 4-1 in round 3.

The fourth round saw Littler conquer none other than five-time world champion, and his childhood hero, Raymond van Barneveld, with an incredible 4-1 scoreline.

Quarter-final nerves proved something of a myth for Littler, who hammered Brendan Dolan 5-1 before coming from behind to beat Cross in the semi-final and book his place in the last two.

Littler has already won £200,000 for making it to the final, and one more victory would see him take home £500,000.

Darts commentator Wayne Mardle believes Littler is very much the real deal, and not simply a feel-good story of a youngster who happens to be playing well.

The voice of darts and known for his straight-talking and solemn observations, Mardle this week said: “I have not seen anything like that. When I was near my pomp, Michael van Gerwen was coming through and I saw him as a 17, 18-year-old and he was incredible, but he was not that good.

“That is just different, it is the World Championship, it is different doing it here. There are people who just can’t play like Luke. He has got the ability, the composure under pressure, the belief.

“He has got everything you need to be a champion. Even though he hasn’t won it yet, all that he has been winning has led to this. He is used to winning.

“I have never seen the like and I am not sure we will again. I am gobsmacked. Doing the commentary, I am sitting there as a fan, I had to remember to talk, I was watching in awe. Spectacular.

“It has to be the greatest story in darts, what else could it be? It supersedes everything. Phil Taylor winning 16 is always going to be the most incredible thing because of the sheer number but a 16-year-old? It’s not just him winning, it’s the way he is playing and that is the most incredible thing for me.

“I have played to a decent enough level to know what is good and bad, this is a different level. I am in awe.” Tonight’s match against the world No. 1 will be the prodigy’s greatest challenge yet.”

The final gets under way from 7pm at Alexandra Palace, and is available to watch live across Sky Sports.



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