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Abysmal arrows: Mardle crashes out

December 18, 2009

Wayne Mardle ended an awful year in the worst possible way at Alexandra Palace tonight, falling at the 2010 World Championship’s first hurdle against German qualifier Jyhan Artut.

36-year-old Mardle, who had to pull out of the Premier League early this year with illness, has been out of form for months and he never looked like beating Artut with some woefully inconsistent throwing.

Wayne Mardle in better form and a louder shirt

Artut, 33, played solidly and deservedly triumphed by three sets to nil, though was allowed to miss a number of chances for the match before finally putting Mardle out of his misery by hitting double top.

“I was nervous in the first two legs, then I was ok,” Artut said after the match.

Mardle, who famously beat Phil Taylor in the 2008 competition, was regularly missing big numbers and demonstrated the same lateral drift that stopped him turning any of his five World Championship semi-final appearances into a shot at the title; he often pulls his darts into the 5 or 1 bed when aiming to hit treble 20.

Phil Taylor begins his defence of the title, his 14th, later tonight against Colin Monk.

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