Phil Taylor names his terms to play Luke Littler in an exhibition match

Phil Taylor will take on the Nuke, but there are conditions (Picture: Getty Images)

Phil Taylor would be happy to play Luke Littler in an exhibition match, but only if it’s one leg of 301 and the Power gets to throw first.

The 16-time world champion is nearing retirement, competing on the Seniors Tour this year before hanging up his darts for good.

The 63-year-old can still produce some of the old magic on the oche, but having not played professionally since losing the 2018 World Championship final to Rob Cross, the Power has certainly waned in recent years.

So much so that Taylor would not be chomping at the bit to take on the new darts sensation, but he would in a non-competitive setting, with conditions very much in his favour.

‘No [I don’t want to play him]. Not yet, I don’t want to play him to be quite honest with you,’ Taylor told talkSPORT.

Asked if he would take on the 17-year-old in an exhibition, he joked; ‘I’d play him in an exhibition, yeah. One leg of 301, I go first!’

Luke Littler reacts during his match against Brendan Dolan (right) on day fourteen of the Paddy Power World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Monday January 1, 2024. 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 is enjoying a stunning start to his PDC career (Picture: PA)

Littler continues his first Premier League campaign on Thursday, beginning Night Three with a match against Gerwyn Price in Glasgow.

Peter Wright would love the form that the Nuke has been showing so far this season, with Snakebite struggling to find his best stuff and it gets no easier as he takes on Michael van Gerwen in Scotland.

Asked about Littler’s emergence on the oche, Wright admits that his incredibly laidback attitude can wind up other players, but he has had a stunning impact on the sport.

‘Luke is great for darts. We need that spark. It’s great for all the youngsters what he’s doing against the big boys,’ Wright told Oche.

‘As for him not practising, it does annoy you when he’s just sitting on his phone and then is like: ‘Oh, do I have to play darts now!’

‘It reminds me of Dennis Priestley. He used to sit and do crosswords and then it was: “Oh it’s time to play, is it?” Then he’d get up and play and smash you.

‘Lucky enough, I haven’t met Luke yet on the dartboard. That’s next week in Newcastle. So I’m looking forward to that one.’

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Peter Wright is struggling to find his best form (Picture: Getty Images)

Taylor added on the Nuke: ‘I think he is absolutely fantastic, I have got to be honest with you, and I know he’s got the backs up of the other pros which I love to see.

‘I wasn’t really watching darts, I wasn’t really interested in it and he’s made me interested in watching it again.

‘I even watched some of the streaming yesterday [Players Championship 2 on Tuesday] so that’s not me! But I’ve really enjoyed watching him.

‘He’s a great little player, he’s got a great little personality and it hasn’t affected him yet. I don’t think it ever will.

‘I think he will keep his feet on the ground no matter how many tournaments he achieves, I think he will be a nice, young lad.’


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