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Luke Littler expelled from Baltic Sea Open following shock defeat to Wessel Nijman | Darts News

Luke Littler made a surprise exit in the first round of the NEO.bet Baltic Sea Open in Kiel losing 6-3 to world number 97 Wessel Nijman.

Littler was well below his best in his bid for a third European Tour title of the year at the Wunderino Arena against Dutchman Nijman, who had already beaten the English teenager on the development tour.

“For Luke, it’s obviously very difficult to play a Premier League night and then go to a European Tour event,” conceded Nijman, who will face Dutch icon Michael van Gerwen in the second round on Saturday.

“For me, it’s like being in darts heaven! I tried my luck tonight and I’m very happy with this victory.

“Playing Luke on Friday, then Michael on Saturday, it doesn’t get any worse, but if I play my own game, I know I can make it difficult for Michael tomorrow night.”

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Michael van Gerwen and Luke Littler had a stage to forget in their semi-final encounter on night 15 of the Premier League in Leeds

World number 4 Nathan Aspinall was knocked out 6-2 by Ritchie Edhouse, who averaged 106.46, and world number 9 Dimitri van den Bergh also made an early exit, losing 6-3 to Daryl Gurney .

German No. 1 Martin Schindler bowed out after being beaten 6-3 by Belgian world number 40 Mike de Decker and another local favorite, Gabriel Clemens, lost in the final match to Andy Baetens.

Veteran Raymond van Barneveld scored a 6-1 victory over Daniel Larsson, while James Wade and Jermaine Wattimena were among the progressives.

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