Mardle reaches last four

Wayne Mardle showed no signs of discomfort tonight as he cruised into a potential semi-final showdown with Phil Taylor at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship in Purfleet.

Wayne Mardle showed no signs of discomfort tonight as he cruised into a potential semi-final showdown with Phil Taylor at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship in Purfleet.

The Dagenham thrower, one of the most colourful characters on the PDC circuit, admitted after his enthralling 4-3 win over Colin Lloyd that he felt light-headed and sick throughout the contest.

But the 30-year-old looked much more comfortable at the oche tonight as he demolished Simon Whatley by five sets to one.

Mardle made his usual fast start and won the first two sets by the same 3-1 scoreline.

He then stepped up another level in the third, taking all three legs to move within two sets of victory.

Whatley managed to break Mardle’s throw for the first time in the second leg of the fourth set, but ’Hawaii 501’ still prevailed with a successful attempt at double two.

The Yeovil thrower, to his credit, managed to stop the rot by taking the fifth set 3-1.

However, Mardle opened the next with a superb 10-darter and followed up with double 10 and two to progress.

“I sound rough but feel a lot better than I did last night,” said Mardle.

“However, the scoring and the doubles weren’t up to scratch tonight.

“If I’m going to beat Alan (Warriner) or Phil (Taylor) in the next game I’m going to have to go up 20 or 30%.

“But you play the player and you know what you can get away with. In the end it’s a good win.”

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