FOR second time this week St Helens and Warrington lock horns in the sporting arena - this time on the oche Night 12 of the 2024 Premier League rolls into Rotterdam on Thursday.

Former World champion Michael Smith takes on current Premier League leader Luke Littler in the quarter final in the Netherlands.

Warrington's Littler moved two points clear of second-placed Luke Humphries after edging out the world number one in a captivating Night 11 semi-final, before his eight-match winning run was halted by Michael Van Gerwen.

Smith, meanwhile, closed to within a point of fourth-placed Nathan Aspinall with a quarter-final win over Gerwyn Price in Birmingham, closing out a 6-3 victory with a 104.45 average – his highest of the season.

The St Helens star has won three of his four meetings against Littler in this year’s Premier League, although the Warrington wonderkid is in relaxed mood ahead of his Rotterdam debut.

"The bigger the arena, the better I play, so I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night," insisted the 17-year-old, a nightly winner in Belfast and Manchester this season.

"The first five or six weeks were tough, but I think I've really settled into the tournament now.

"Coming into the Premier League, I thought if I made the O2 for Finals Night that would be a massive achievement, so to be top of the league after 11 nights is just a bonus.

"Michael [Smith] won't put too much pressure on himself but he knows he needs to win to keep up with the top four, and I just want to keep going."

The 2024 BetMGM Premier League will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland, through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.

2024 Darts Premier League Night 12 schedule.

Night 12 - Rotterdam Ahoy.

Thursday April 18.


Michael Smith v Luke Littler.

Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price.

Peter Wright v Nathan Aspinall.

Michael van Gerwen v Luke Humphries.

Semi-Finals: Smith/Littler v Cross/Price, Wright/Aspinall v Van Gerwen/Humphries.

Final: Smith/Littler/Cross/Price v Wright/Aspinall/Van Gerwen/Humphries.