Luke Littler has kebab and favourite snacks delivered to hotel after final heartbreak | Other | Sport

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Luke Littler has kebab and favourite snacks delivered to hotel after final heartbreak | Other | Sport

Luke Littler ordered a kebab and a selection of snacks to his hotel room after losing the World Darts Championship final to Luke Humphries on Wednesday night. Littler’s incredible run at Alexandra Palace drew the attention of the sporting world but he was ultimately beaten at the final hurdle, with Humphries digging deep to claim the spoils for the very first time.

Humphries fought hard to earn a 7-4 victory on the biggest stage in darts, battling back from 4-2 down to win five sets on the bounce. It saw Littler miss out on becoming the sport’s youngest ever world champion but he was still eager to indulge in his traditional post-match kebab after returning to his hotel room.

A delivery driver was pictured dropping off Littler’s kebab in the early hours of Thursday morning after he had left Alexandra Palace and ventured back to his hotel. The 16-year-old also got his manager, Martin Foulds, to bring two packets of crisps and a Yazoo milkshake back to where he was staying.

Littler produced yet another exceptional performance in Wednesday’s final, racing into a 4-2 lead after making a fast start to proceedings. However, the sheer brilliance of Humphries to fight back from two sets down ensured that he fell just short of completing what would have been an incredible sporting fairytale.

He issued a stern warning to his rivals after the match by vowing to go one better in his next world final, with many still expecting Littler to emerge as a future great of the sport.

« The one negative was I lost too many legs on my throw, so Luke would break me, then hold and I’d be 2-0 down [in the set], » Littler told Sky Sports. « Fair play to Luke, he deserves it. I’ve got to the final, I might not get to another final for the next five to 10 years, we don’t know, but I can say I’m a runner-up and now I just want to go and win it. »

Humphries, meanwhile, was quick to praise Littler in his post-match interview as he revealed that he expects the teenager to dominate the world stage for many years to come.

« In the back of my mind throughout today, I was thinking: ‘Get this one now because he’s going to dominate world darts soon’, » said Humphries.

« He’s an incredible player. When I was on the brink of winning there, he was relentless. That double eight [to win], my hands were shaking like mad and it just fell in for me. I’m world champion and world number one and I can’t ask for more. »

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