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Luke Littler hits nine darter as he wins Belgian Open

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Luke Littler hits nine darter as he wins Belgian Open

Luke Littler hit a nine-darter as he won the Belgian Open on his European Tour debut on Sunday.

Littler, 17, beat Rob Cross in Wieze in a close final 8-7 to claim the £30,000 winner’s prize money.

The nine darter put Littler 6-5 up but Cross pushed him all the way and the teenager took victory with a 103.76 average in the final.

“I hit the nine and then lost the next two legs, so I’m just glad to get over the line,” Littler said.

“It’s always good to be involved in a good game. We always push ourselves to the last leg.”

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Cross, competing in his ninth European Tour final, was full of praise for his opponent.

“He really pushes on,” Cross said. “I wanted a big display and got a big display. To be fair, I missed a few chances, but I’ve loved this crowd this weekend.

“This young man has got such a bright future in front of him. The nine-darter was impeccable, amazing. This boy’s special.”

On his way to the title, the World Championship runner-up made 30 maximum 180s – a European Tour record.

Littler had beaten Germany’s Ricardo Pietreczko 7-3 in the semi-final after wins over Damon Heta and Jermaine Wattimena, while Cross made it to the final with a 7-3 victory over Wales’ Gerwyn Price in his semi-final.

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