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'I Can't Spake!': Wayne Mardle Left Literally Speechless By Greatest Leg Of All Time

'I Can't Spake!': Wayne Mardle Left Literally Speechless By Greatest Leg Of All Time
By Donny Mahoney
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It's one of sport's greatest clichés but on the biggest stage, the true legends of the sport prove their greatness. We saw it in the World Cup final last month. And we saw it in the World Darts Championship final this evening as Michael Smith and Micheal Van Gerwen exchanged what is being described as the greatest leg in darts history.And thankfully, Wayne Mardle delivered commentary worthy of the moment

It happened early doors, with match poised at one leg apiece. Both players were on the precipice of 9-darters in the same set. MVG was up first and found himself just a single dart away. Only he missed on T12, the last dart. Smith's reply? He outdid his rival. The roof of the Ally Pally literally lifted and left Wayne Mardle in the Sky Sports commentary box was on the verge of rupturing a few vocal chords.

Wayne Mardle checks out

It was instantly recognised as one of the most intense moments in the history

Sky were nice enough to provide footage of that commentary box as the roof lifted. Pandemonium.



Mardle and his voice were so overcome that he couldn't finish his commentary duties. He was replaced by John Part.

There was no way back for MVG after this and Smith would win his first world title 7-4.

Afterwards, a relieved Smith said he is ready to take over the sport.



On the 9-darter, Smith said:

I said backstage, what a leg that was! I was missing in practice, but what I wanted to give this crowd what they deserve."

"When I got the Grand Slam, I said I would eventually be world champion. I want to do what this man [van Gerwen] has, and take over this sport."

It was not Van Gerwen's finest round of darts but he was humble in defeat.

"I think he played really well. Of course I had my chances. But if you don't hit him, he throws everything at you. I thought he played brilliantly all the way through."

"It's part of the job, when we celebrate it's nice, when we lose it's hard. I have to take it on my chin."

There was great camaraderie shown by the two players the final as MVG told Smith he was too modest after his incredible achievement.

"This man doesn't do himself justice, he played brilliantly."

SEE ALSO: Michael Van Gerwen Antics Rile Up Van Den Bergh In Heated Semi-Final

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