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World Darts Championship: Live score and updates as Luke ‘The Nuke’ Littler, 16, takes on Brendan Dolan for a place in the semi-finals and a £100,000 pay-day

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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest scores and updates as Luke Littler takes on Brendan Dolan in the World Darts Championship. 

Rob Cross (0) 1-0 (4) Chris Dobey

Better from Cross as he fires in a 174 with great use of treble 19.

A quieter leg from Dobey and Cross takes out 92 to win just his fourth leg of the match.

Chris Dobey closing in on his first semi-final

This has been brilliant from Dobey and Cross has had no answer so far.

Can Cross get a set on the board or will this be a clean sweep for Dobey?

We could be seeing Luke Littler a little sooner than expected!

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Chris Dobey moves within a set of victory

Dobey is absolutely flying and he has a go at 170 but just misses the bull.

Cross isn’t even down to a finish as Dobey takes out 25 to go 4-0 up. He is storming towards the semi-finals.

Rob Cross (0) 0-2 (3) Chris Dobey

Cross is hardly playing badly and he hits a 180 of his own to take control of this leg.

But with Cross on 32, Dobey takes out 161 to take the second leg of the fourth set. Phenomenal finish from Dobey.

Rob Cross (0) 0-1 (3) Chris Dobey

Dobey isn’t taking his foot off the gas as he hits yet another 180. He is now averaging over 100 as he fires in a 140.

Cross can’t keep up and Dobey takes out 84 for an 11-darter.

Chris Dobey moves 3-0 up

Better from Cross as he starts to find the treble with greater regularity.

But Dobey is right there with him as they get down to the double. Cross gets the first shot but misses darts at double 18 and double 9, and Dobey comes back to take out double 16 to move 3-0 up.

Rob Cross (0) 0-2 (2) Chris Dobey

Cross hits his second 180, but he is still behind Dobey in the leg, such is Dobey’s dominance in the scoring department.

Dobey keeps leaving himself double 16 but he misses it again. He finds double 8, though, to move within a leg of the third set.

Rob Cross (0) 0-1 (2) Chris Dobey

Cross starts with a 140, but Dobey follows up with a 180. Relentless scoring from the popular Geordie.

He gets down to a double first, but misses double 16 again. Cross fails to make him pay as he also misses double 16, and Dobey nails double four with his final dart to break the throw once more.

Chris Dobey in control

Cross had one dart to take that second set but couldn’t make the most of it, and he has now left himself an uphill task against the in-form Dobey.

Remember, it’s first to five sets at the quarter-final stage.

Chris Dobey wins deciding leg to move 2-0 up

Dobey hits his sixth 180 of the match, Cross is struggling to match his scoring.

He’s nowhere in this leg, and Dobey hits double 20 for a 12-darter to move two sets up.

Rob Cross (0) 2-2 (1) Chris Dobey

Back comes Dobey with a 180. Both players are finding their form now.

Make that another 180 as he leaves himself 41 after just nine darts. But he misses two darts at double 16 to give Cross a sniff at 167.

No doing for Cross, but then Dobey misses another three darts to take the leg. He gets another chance as Cross misses a dart at double 18 for the set.

No mistake from Dobey this time as he finally takes double four.

Rob Cross (0) 2-1 (1) Chris Dobey

Cross hits 180 and then 177 to leave himself on a nine-darter!

He then hits treble 18 but misses the follow-up. Seven perfect darts, so close!

Not to worry, he comes back to take out 67 and moves ahead in the third set.

Rob Cross (0) 1-1 (1) Chris Dobey

Dobey starts the leg with a 180 and has the crowd briefly excited when his fourth dart finds the treble 20 as well, but his next dart falls short.

He leaves himself on 128 after nine darts, but then has a sloppy visit and Cross has a chance at 90, but his own effort is poor as he fails to even get a dart at the bull.

Dobey returns but misses two darts at double 16, and Cross mops up 48 to level the set.

Rob Cross (0) 0-1 (1) Chris Dobey

Dobey just finding his rhythm now has he finds two trebles in each of his first three visits after the break.

Cross puts him under a little pressure, but for the third time Dobey nails double 10 to take the first leg of the second set.

Nervy start from both players

Neither player at their best in that first set, but Dobey just started to find his range by hitting 180s in the final two legs and that was enough to give him the set.

Chris Dobey wins the opening set

Dobey starts the leg on his own throw poorly again, but then hits his second 180 to get back into the leg.

Cross hits back-to-back 140s though to get a shot at 121. He fails to get the checkout, leaving Dobey a chance at 75, but his final dart at double 20 goes high.

Cross then misses double 16, and Dobey comes back to take out double 10 again with his second dart to take the opening set.

Rob Cross 1-2 Chris Dobey

Dobey hits the first 180 of the match to leave himself 100 as he senses another break of throw.

Dobey hits treble 20, but his dart at tops is just low. No matter, though, as he switches to double 10 to take the leg.

Rob Cross 1-1 Chris Dobey

A slack start to the leg from Dobey as he fails to hit a treble with his first 11 darts.

That allows Cross to get his nose in front as he gets down to a finish first by leaving himself 167. He nails treble 19 and treble 20 to leave the bullseye, but he misses his target by a distance.

Dobey is nowhere, though, and Cross comes back to hit double top and level the set.

Rob Cross 0-1 Chris Dobey

Cross starts with the darts but only hits 42 with his first three.

Dobey then nails a 140 to pile on the pressure but Cross replies in kind and then hits 125 to get down to a finish.

He needs 111, but misses a dart at double 20 to take the leg. Dobey punishes him by taking out 89 to break the throw.

Rob Cross takes to the stage

And here comes Rob Cross with ‘Feeling Hot’ blasting around the Palace.

It’s a red-hot atmosphere at the Ally Pally and the action will be getting underway in just a few moments…

Here comes Chris Dobey…

Dobey makes his way to the Ally Pally stage to the tune of ‘Let’s get ready to rumble’.

He’s ready to fight for his place in the semi-finals.

Dave Chisnall hoping to stun Luke Humphries

Chisnall had a more comfortable passage through to the last eight by beating Daryl Gurney 4-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Can he upset the odds to beat Humphries later tonight?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Dave Chisnall of England  celebrates winning his round four match against Daryl Gurney of Ireland on day 13 of the 2023/24 Paddy Power World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 30, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Luke Humphries still alive at the World Championship

Luke Humphries has been the form player in the world in recent months, but needed a sudden-death leg to beat Joe Cullen on Saturday.

He will be back for his quarter-final this evening against Dave Chisnall.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Luke Humphries of England celebrates winning his round three match against Ricardo Pietreczko of Germany on day 11 of the 2023/24 Paddy Power World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 28, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Grab your lunch and a drink, the darts will be starting very shortly!

We are around 10 minutes away from getting underway. This promises to be a great afternoon of action at Ally Pally.

Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross the only former champions still in this year’s tournament

Michael van Gerwen has won the World Championship three times, and Rob Cross has won it once, but none of the other six players have lifted the title.

Will we get a new name on the Sid Waddell Trophy this year, or will Van Gerwen or Cross rule the world again?

Michael van Gerwen in action against Stephen Bunting (not pictured) on day twelve of the Paddy Power World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Friday December 29, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story DARTS World. Photo credit should read: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

Luke Littler apologises after causing social media stir

It has not all been plain sailing for Littler over the past fortnight as he issued an apology on social media on Friday after being pictured holding The Sun newspaper.

Littler hails from Warrington – a town between Liverpool and Manchester – and The Sun have received fierce criticism from the people of Liverpool over the years for their coverage of the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989.

Brendan Dolan cannot be taken lightly

Littler has breezed through the tournament so far but will have his work cut out today against the experienced Dolan.

The Northern Irishman has already beaten former world champions Gerwynn Price and Gary Anderson, and would love nothing more than to spoil the Littler party this afternoon.

Brendan Dolan in action against Gary Anderson (not pictured) on day thirteen of the Paddy Power World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Saturday December 30, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story DARTS World. Photo credit should read: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

Luke Littler watches Tottenham with James Maddison

Littler has become an overnight star and it seems everyone wants to meet him.

He sat alongside huge darts fan James Maddison to watch Tottenham beat Bournemouth yesterday, as he continues to remain relaxed ahead of his quarter-final clash with Dolan.

Rob Cross is ‘ready to go’

Cross and Dobey should take to the stage at around about 12.45pm.

Having made the last eight for the first time since winning the tournament six years ago, Cross has declared himself ‘ready to go’ this afternoon in a post to fans on X.

Chris Dobey looking to build on Michael Smith whitewash

Chris Dobey thrashed defending champion Michael Smith 4-0 in the last 16 and will fancy his chances against Cross today.

Dobey is in arguably the form of his life, and has shown signs that he could go all the way after falling at the quarter-final hurdle last year.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Chris Dobey of England celebrates winning his round four match against Michael Smith of England on day 12 of the 2023/24 Paddy Power World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 29, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Rob Cross aims for second world title

Littler will take centre stage later this afternoon, but first up we will see 2018 champion Rob Cross in action.

Cross popped into Mail Sport’s offices last month to raise awareness for Paddy Power’s pledge to donate £1,000 to Prostate Cancer UK for every 180 hit at this year’s tournament, and he also answered your quickfire questions…

Luke Littler’s sensational rise to the top

Littler was an unknown quantity just over two weeks ago but has quickly become a houshold name.

He has been preparing for this moment for years, though, and Mail Sport has taken a look at his rise to the top.

Luke Littler dreaming of going all the way

Littler was a 150/1 underdog to win the World Championship before the tournament got underway but he is now just three games away from becoming the youngest ever champion.

Having seen off five-time champion Raymond van Barneveld on Saturday, Littler is starting to dream that this could be his year.

Today’s order of play

All four quarter-finals will be played today, with two in the afternoon session followed by two in the evening.

We will start with an all-English affair between Rob Cross and Chris Dobey, before Littler takes to the oche to face Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan.

Tonight’s action will begin with three-time world champion Michael van Gerwen against Scott Williams followed by Luke Humphries taking on Dave Chisnall.

Hello and welcome!

Happy New Year! It’s quarter-final day at the World Darts Championship and 16-year-old sensation Luke Littler is looking to book his place in the last four.

Can he do it? Stay tuned to find out!

Luke Littler in action against Raymond van Barneveld (not pictured) on day thirteen of the Paddy Power World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Saturday December 30, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story DARTS World. Photo credit should read: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire.RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.
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