Luke Littler loses to Polish-Irish bus driver Radek Szaganski as he crashes out of the Players Championship... just one day after hitting a nine-darter on his PDC ProTour debut

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  • Luke Littler deed a nine-darter connected his PDC ProTour debut connected Monday
  • He could not repetition his heroics arsenic he mislaid to a Cork autobus driver connected Tuesday
  • Littler is backmost successful action connected Thursday for nan 3rd nighttime of nan Premier League 

By Sam Brookes For Mailonline

Published: 11:02 EST, 13 February 2024 | Updated: 11:17 EST, 13 February 2024

Luke Littler's hopes of winning different PDC title are complete aft he was beaten connected nan 2nd time of nan Players Championship by Cork autobus driver Radek Szaganski.

Littler threw a nine-darter and conscionable missed retired connected different connected his PDC ProTour debut astatine nan Players Championship successful Wigan connected Monday, arsenic he claimed nan title and pocketed £15,000 successful prize money.

On Tuesday, he returned to nan aforesaid venue for different ace astatine picking up a trophy, but mislaid a final-leg thriller to Szaganski, who prevailed 6-5 to scope nan adjacent round.

Szaganski, 44, was calved successful Poland, but is now surviving successful Ireland and useful arsenic a autobus driver successful Cork.

He competed successful nan 2024 World Championship, but mislaid successful nan 2nd information to Dutch fable Raymond van Barneveld.

Luke Littler was knocked retired successful nan 2nd information of nan Players Championship connected Tuesday

He was beaten by Polish-Irish autobus driver Radek Szaganski (pictured) astatine nan arena successful Wigan

Littler changeable to fame astatine nan aforesaid tourney by progressing each nan measurement to nan last aged conscionable 16, earlier he mislaid to world No1 Luke Humphries.

He has since won nan Bahrain Masters, and made nan last of nan Dutch Masters and nan 2nd nighttime of nan Premier League earlier falling short against Michael van Gerwen connected some occasions.

Given his exceptional form, Littler was expected to person excessively overmuch for Szaganski, particularly aft seeing disconnected erstwhile awesome victor Danny Noppert 6-4 successful his opening lucifer connected Tuesday.

But Szaganski kept pinch him during nan early stages, and past collapsed to move 5-3 ahead.

Littler refused to springiness successful and took nan conflict to a deciding leg, but Szaganski kept his cool to prime up nan victory.

Littler will beryllium backmost successful action connected Thursday erstwhile nan Premier League returns, pinch this week's arena taking spot successful Glasgow.

The 17-year-old sits 3rd successful nan array down Michael Smith and Van Gerwen aft 2 nights of action.