Mardle books quarter-final spot in thriller

WAYNE MARDLE won a thrilling match of breathtaking quality 4-2 against John Part last night to reach the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes.com World Championship at Purfleet’s Circus Tavern.

As 12-times champion Phil Taylor and his protege Adrian Lewis stayed on course for a meeting in the final next Monday, Mardle gave them a reminder of his talent with one of the finest performances of his career.

Nicknamed ‘Hawaii Five-O-One’ because of the flamboyant shirt he wears on stage, Mardle has adopted a more serious approach in matches but still played to the crowd, especially after his opponent, known as ‘Darth Maple’, walked on stage accompanied by a group of Star Wars characters.

In the last eight today Mardle will meet Alan Warriner-Little, who hit a 138 checkout to complete a 4-2 victory against Andy Smith.

Taylor won 4-0 over Andrew Hamilton, who didn’t have a chance after the champion opened up with a bullseye, but earned himself some credit by achieving a near-perfect 10-dart leg. That feat was emulated in the last leg of the match by ‘The Power’, who recorded a three-dart average of 108 and said: “We can see the finishing post of the tournament now and it’s time to kick.”

His practice partner Lewis showed he has the qualities to go with his talent by digging deep to knock out fourth seed Roland Scholten 4-3.

Lewis will now face Peter Manley, for whom a change of shirt worked wonders as he came from 2-0 down to win 4-3 against Dennis Smith.

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