Wayne Mardle forced to leave commentary after ‘I Can’t Speak’ nine-dart heroics at PDC World Darts Championship

As Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen put to bed any possible argument for what the best leg of darts in history is, the darting world collectively lost their minds, none more so than commentator and darting icon Wayne Mardle.

With both players coming down in perfect fashion, Michael van Gerwen was the first to attempt the nine-darter. Nailing both the treble 20 and the treble 19, MVG wired double 12 for what would have been the most perfect of perfect legs.

As Smith tried to compose himself before taking to the oche and attempting his nine-dart outshot, Mardle was losing his mind with excitement, much like everyone watching in the arena and at home. "One man misses, does the other man get? I've never seen the like!"

As Smith achieved what van Gerwen had narrowly failed to do just seconds prior, Hawaii 501 shrieked his disbelief at what he was witnessing from the commentary box. "That is the most amazing leg of darts you will ever see in your life! I can't speak, I can't speak!"

As it turned out, Mardle, a former 5-time World Championship semi-finalist in his own right, wasn't exaggerating, being replaced on commentary by former 3-time World Champ John Part shortly after. The Canadian alluded to Mardle's absence saying, "I wish Wayne the best there. I can sympathise. We’ve both been struggling the last week or so. It’s one of those things, you get so excited and you use your voice too much."

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