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Nine of the most bizarre moments in World Darts Championship history

Lewis is riled against Manley (credit:Sky Sports)

The PDC World Championship has delivered some of the most memorable moments in the history of darts since its inception in 1994; here, we take a look back at nine of the most unusual.

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Careers have been defined in the sport's blue riband event, both in the early years Circus Tavern and over the past decade at Alexandra Palace.

However, with the stakes and intensity so high, things can either not go to plan or take a rather spontaneous and unexpected turn, just as these memorable moments prove...

Lewis storms off stage (2006)


Needle had been brewing between a young Adrian Lewis and wily old character Peter Manley during their close-fought Quarter-Final in the 2006 event.

Lewis appeared unsettled by 'One Dart's' apparent gamesmanship antics and voiced his frustrations to referee Russ Bray after taking the third leg of the fifth set.

Manley then appeared to overstep the mark as the camera caught him mumbling under his breath just as Lewis was about to throw in the next leg.

This led to the rising star angrily storming off stage and the mind games clearly worked, with his opponent going on to win the match 5-3.



'Draftgate' (2012)


Lewis was forced to leave the stage prematurely again during his Semi-Final showdown with James Wade six years later.

Both players complained of a mysterious draft blowing across the stage and affecting the projection of their throws.

They reluctantly continued as Wade opened up a two-set lead, but further concerns from Lewis resulted in the match being delayed much to the frustration of his in-form opponent.

'The Machine' raced into a 5-1 advantage upon the restart, but a stunning fight back from 'Jackpot' saw him eventually triumph 6-5 on his way to a second World crown.



Malice at the palace (2013)


There has always been a rivalry between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, albeit a very healthy one with plenty of mutual respect attached.

Therefore, eyebrows were raised at the conclusion of their 2013 Semi-Final, which 'The Power' won 6-4 - when he reacted aggressively to the post-match handshake and attempted embrace from his opponent.

Taylor later revealed that he was not feeling too well when the Dutchman accidentally pulled his arm too hard, while apologising profusely and admitting that his actions were out of order.



Respect from the wall (2013)


John Part is among an elite group of only seven players to have won a PDC world title, having done so in 2003 and 2008. 

Therefore, it came as a surprise, especially to the man himself, that he had been omitted from the 'wall of fame' at Ally Pally - which housed a mural for each of the past champions.

The Canadian made his feelings quite clear in his post-match interview with Sky Sports' Dave Clark, citing a lack of respect and admitting it spurred him to victory.



Referee fail (2015)


It is not very often that the referee gets it wrong in darts, but Paul Hinks certainly did when he forgot to address the sudden-death leg during Wes Newton's opening-round clash with Cristo Reyes in the 2015 event.

Hinks elected Reyes to throw first as if it were a normal leg much to the confusion of the Spaniard who, recognising that it was the decider, threw for the bull.

As both players proceeded with the leg, a timely intervention from a tournament official saw the mistake eradicated and it was restarted in the correct manner.

Despite the interruption, Reyes held his nerve against the world number 13 take out double 16 and score one of the greatest upsets in the history of the competition.



"Fish on the stage" (2016/17)


Jerry Hendriks captured the imagination of the darting public when he stepped out (or should we say raved his way to the stage!) to face Peter Wright in Round One.

Sadly for the charismatic Dutchman, his dance moves were more memorable than his darts as he went down in straight sets to the colourful Scot.

In a hilarious post-match interview, Hendriks admitted he "felt like a fish on stage", prompting an uncontrollable fit of laughter from Dave Clark and Wayne Mardle in the Sky studio.



Trouble at the Tavern (2007)


Chris Mason had forged a reputation as one of the bad boys of the sport in the mid-noughties, and his Third Round clash with defending champion Phil Taylor was given some added spice when Mason declared war on 'The Power' in the national press.

Mason had accused Taylor of "flaunting his wealth" and stated he did not like him, so it was little surprise that there was no niceties between the pair as they stepped onto the stage.

Taylor romped to a straight sets victory, but was immediately confronted by a riled Mason. In his post-match interview, Taylor described his opponent's actions as "filth" and threatened to walk away from the sport.



Barney's Bunting speech (2015)


Van Barneveld has become renowned for the grace he shows towards his opponents both in victory and defeat.

Nevertheless, nobody could have expected the speech the Dutchman delivered to the crowd following his 5-4 quarter-final victory over Stephen Bunting 12 months ago.

Bunting had impressed during his first season on the PDC circuit after switching from the BDO and was brought to tears after Barney's impromptu announcement, in which he offered substantial praise for his opponent's achievements.



Bust 180 (2016)


Dirk van Duijvenbode's World Championship debut turned out to be a memorable one... for all the wrong reasons.

Taking on his darting idol Raymond van Barneveld, the young hopeful had lost the first set, before forcing a deciding leg in the second.

With 180 remaining in leg five, van Duijvenbode looked to be leaving himself handy on a double after hitting two treble twenties, but only to incredibly bust his score by landing the third dart in the treble bed.

Barney duly punished to double his lead, and a visibly distraught van Duijvenbode failed to regather himself, going on to lose three nil.



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