IF you didn't know already, Luke 'The Nuke' Littler is the real deal.

The Warrington 16-year-old, who spent his early childhood in Runcorn, defeated the mighty Michael van Gerwen 8-5 in tonight's Barhain Darts Masters Final on his debut in a World Series of Darts event.

'The Nuke' exploded into the night's action, sending Bahrain bananas with a perfect nine-dart finish in the opening leg of his quarter-final success against Nathan Aspinall.

He landed the big-fish 170 finish in the crucial leg of his semi-final success against Gerwyn Price.

Littler had given enough notice it was going to be his night and he did not disappoint in the final showdown with the most successful World Series of Darts player and three-times World Champion van Gerwen.


It was nip and tuck with with each player holding their throw until 4-3.

After the break, Littler took a two-leg lead but van Gerwen responded like a true champion and levelled the match again at 5-5.

> WATCH: Luke Littler's mindblowing nine-darter in Barhain Darts Masters

But the former Padgate Academy student took the final three legs to win his first senior PDC event in his second successive final to complete a sensational night and claim the £20,000 first prize.