Oche And Out – When Darts Players Fall Over On Stage

Oche And Out – When Darts Players Fall Over On Stage

Darts fans are notoriously loud and raucous bunch so when their heroes take a tumble on stage they won’t let them forget about it.

It doesn’t happen very often of course, but when the best darts players slip in front of the TV cameras, it does it gives us all a good laugh.

Names as big as legendary pair Jocky Wilson and Martin Adams have been left red-faced after tripping up on stage much to the delight of the chanting spectators, some of whom have even joined in on occasions.

In the past, we have seen players drinking from the wrong water bottles and only weeks ago world number one Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price was laughed at when he dropped a dart on the oche during his World Darts Championship quarter-final match against eventual runner up Michael Smith.

The Welshman is still to fall over on stage however but we can’t say the same for the following few unfortunate fellows. 

Jocky Falls At The First

A star of the eighties and one of the most memorable figures in the history of darts, Jocky Wilson won BDO World Darts Championship titles in both 1982 and 1989 and was known for his colourful character.

The Scot played a big part in the rise of televised darts during his era alongside the likes of Eric Bristow, Bob Anderson and John Lowe.

Scotland’s first-ever world darts champion even made an appearance on the BBC’s flagship music show at the time, Top Of The Pops, when Dexys Midnight Runners performed their cover of the Van Morrison song “Jackie Wilson Said”.

He did like a drink though and would regularly play with a pint by his side and was also said to have downed pints of vodka that had been disguised to look like cola.

And on one occasion, his thirst got the better of him when, during his 1984 world championship defeat to Dave Whitcombe, he drunkenly fell over and landed off the stage and on his face.

Seeing the humour in the mishap, Wilson got up and congratulated his victor.

Clumsy Like The Wolf

Three-time BDO World Champion Martin “Wolfie” Adams, who is also a three-time World Masters champion, has been in the professional game since 1981 and remains a formidable darter and fan favourite to this day.

He didn’t enjoy the happiest of days at the 2015 BDO HAL Masters in Venray, Netherlands, however, when the venue made the unusual decision to make the players walk down a flight of stairs instead of the usual flat runway.

While he did reach the final of the low-key event in one of his matches, he was unable to master the complete stairway, tripping on the final few steps and losing his balance and tumbling out of site.

Amazingly, the crowd remained calm, had it have happened at the Ally Pally Wolfie would have got the biggest cheer of the night.

Bravedart Takes A Tumble

Before the World Grand Prix was founded in 1998, there was a competition called the World Pairs tournament which ran from 1995 to 1997.

During the 1996 event, one match saw Phil Taylor and Bob Anderson take on Keith Deller and Jamie Harvey.

Harvey, nicknamed “Bravedart” because he was Scottish, had a career that included two spells in the BDO as well as being one of the founding members of the PDC.

Also in 1996, the Scot managed to reach the semi-final stage of both the PDC World Championship and the World Darts Matchplay, but it was his mishap in Salford that most people remember.

In the Group One match in the last 16, Harvey was playing alongside Deller when he fell off the stage, leaving Taylor looking bemused as to what happened as Harvey disappeared from the stage.

Unfortunately, the telly cameras missed the actual incident at the time, meaning viewers at home were left as baffled as to what happened as The Power.

The Thorn Is Nipped In The Bud

There must be something about facing the greatest darts player of all time, Phil Taylor.

Perhaps it’s the nerves.

We don’t know if that was the case when, during judgment night of the 2014 Premier League of Darts, Robert Thornton had to face The Power to stay in the competition.

Eventually ending up a 7-4 loser, The Thorn was clipped in the 10th leg while collecting his darts prior to tripping past the match referee Russ Bray and failing to regain his balance.

In an attempt to save his opponent, Taylor leaped forward to try and catch Thornton, who only just narrowly avoided crashing into his table and falling from the stage.

Thornton limped back to his table with his head down, possibly in embarrassment, likely in pain, while Taylor then stepped up to the oche to continue the match.

Thornton managed to see out the game in what was to be his last Premier League appearance for another two years.

Sun Goes Down

At the Ally Pally for the 2017 PDC World Darts Championships, China’s Qiang Sun provided one of the more memorable moments of the tournament.

The Chinese player suffered a nightmare prior to his 2-0 preliminary round defeat against Australian wonderkid against Corey Cadby.

The 51-year-old was shaking hands with the match officials before he embarrassingly tripped over the oche and fell flat on his face.

As you might expect, the boisterous crowd loved it and were cheering and laughing in hysterics.

Sun was soon laughing himself though as he was helped back to his feet by PDC Master of Ceremonies John McDonald.

He might walk on water, but…

During one night of the 2017 European Tour1 1 in Riesa, Germany one fan got a little too excited.

Invited to come on stage during the warm-up for a Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright match, one crazy German who had come along for the evening dressed as Jesus really got into the swing of things when he began to shake his long hair back and forth like a would-be rock star.

Naturally, our wannabe lord and saviour made himself quite dizzy, and when he turned around to shake hands with the walk on girls things didn’t quite go to plan.

While the TV camera angles don’t quite catch the initial wobble, the look on the walk on girls’ faces tell the story as Jesus, wig in hand, stumbles backwards towards the edge of stage before inevitably tripping over a speaker and preceding to plop backwards off the edge and posting himself into some kit requiring the help of security guards to help him get back on his hallowed feet.

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Peter Wright Wins 2022 PDC World Darts Championship, Becoming Two-Time Winner

Peter Wright Wins 2022 PDC World Darts Championship, Becoming Two-Time Winner

Peter Wright beat Michael Smith 7-5 in the final of the PDC World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace to become a two-time winner of darts’ biggest event.

The Scot needed to produce a comeback late in the game after letting an early two-set lead slip to beat Michael Smith in a thrilling final at the Ally Pally.

Snakebite found himself playing poorly and trailing five four down in a race to seven sets with Smith two legs up in the tenth.

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Streaky as he is, he then turned on the style and never really looked back, stunning Bully Boy in the process. 

Wright, who won the event in 2020, went on to win three sets in a row to claim the title.

The 51-year-old becomes only the sixth player to win the title twice.

2021 World Matchplay champion Wright became the oldest first-time darts player when he won the event two years ago and remains the second oldest winner in history behind 16 times winner Phil ‘ The Power’ Taylor, who was 53 when he won his last world title.

During the tournament, Wright averaged 98.34 compared to Smith’s 99.22.

In the semis, Wright had beaten fellow Scot Gary Anderson, while Bully Boy saw off the challenge of James Wade.

Only one round earlier, Smith knocked out the returning champion Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price, who threw the tournament’s third nine-dart finish during the match.

Two Set Lead Lost

Playing in his third final, Snakebite stormed into a two-set lead before England’s Smith, who was appearing in his second Ally Pally final, took the following two.

The world champion then switched his darts set during the break before coming out to hold his throw, this despite Smith throwing his 72nd 180 of the tournament – which broke Gary Anderson’s previous record of 71 – and retake the lead to go three two up.

Smith then took the following two sets to lead the match for the first time at four three before also claiming the ninth.

In the 10th set, with Smith five four ahead, Wright was two legs down before winning three straight legs to level the match once again.

Switching on the afterburners, the Scot then reeled off another three legs without reply from perennial runner-up Bully Boy.

After taking down the 11th set, Snakebite then won two more legs to move within one of victory.

Smith did manage to win the third leg in the 12th set but Wright landed a double 12 before long to win the match and win the PDC World Championship for the second time.

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Peaking at the exact right time for darts’ two biggest majors, he has been consistently inconsistent in 2021 throwing the best and worst of darts.

In all though, it’s been a pretty decent couple of years for a player that nearly quit the sport before reaching his first World Championship final back in 2014.

Since then, he suffered a further 19 televised final defeats and lost 11 of his first 12 majors finals before winning six of his last seven ahead of his maiden world title, so he knows only to well how his beaten opponent feels today.

For Smith, 31 from St Helens, this was his sixth major final defeat out of six after also coming home second in the 2018 Darts Premier League, 2018 World Series of Darts Finals, 2019 World Darts Championship, 2019 World Matchplay and the 2020 Darts Masters.

PDC World Championship 2022 Key Stats

OVERALL

  • Tournament average: 91.66
  • 100+ averages: 13
  • 100+ checkouts: 228
  • Tournament 180s: 859 (0.47 per leg)
  • Legs played: 1798
  • Sets played: 435

HIGHEST TOURNAMENT AVERAGE

  • Jonny Clayton: 102.83 (three matches played)

HIGHEST MATCH AVERAGE

  • Michael Smith: 106.32 versus Ron Meulenkamp (Round Two)

MOST 180s

  • Michael Smith: 83 in 199 legs (0.41 per leg) *Tournament record

NINE DARTERS (THREE THROWN)

  • William Borland versus Bradley Brooks (Round One)
  • Darius Labanauskas versus Mike De Decker (Round One)
  • Gerwyn Price versus Michael Smith (Quarter Finals)

NEW YEAR, NEW SEASON

With the first title of the new season out of the way, it’s around 49 weeks until we make a return to the North London and the Ally Pally, but there’s plenty of PDC darts tournaments lined up for the new year in what looks like a more regular darts calendar in 2022 following a disrupted couple of seasons.

Next up is the PDC Darts Masters at the end of the month where reigning champion Jonny Clayton will return to Milton Keynes looking to defend his crown.

The Ferret’s success in the tournament earned him a spot in the Premier League of Darts, which he then also went on to win.

In a similar manner, the PDC will announce this year’s 10 Premier League players later on in the month, likely after the Masters. 

We do know that Jonny Clayton has his entry, as does world number one Gerwyn Price, five times winner Michael van Gerwen and, of course, newly crowned world champ Peter Wright.

July sees the World Matchplay get underway at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, while all of the autumnal tournaments should be going off in their usual spot all things being well, before the World Champions get going again around Christmas time to lead us into the new year.

PDC 2022 FULL DARTS TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

JANUARY

  • 28 – 30, January (Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes) The Darts Masters
  • Defending champion: Jonny Clayton (Wales)

FEBRUARY

  • 3 February, (Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff) Premier League Darts 2022 Night One
  • 10 February, (M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Two
  • 17 February, (SSE Arena, Belfast) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Three
  • 24 February, (Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin, Germany) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Four
  • 31 March, (Utilita Arena, Birmingham) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Nine (Judgement Night)
  • (Premier League) Defending champion: Jonny Clayton (Wales)

MARCH

  • 3 March, (Westpoint, Exeter) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Five
  • 4 – 6 March (Butlin’s Minehead Resort) UK Open
  • Defending Champion: James Wade (England)
  • 10 March, (The Brighton Centre, Brighton) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Six
  • 17 March, (Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Seven
  • 24 March, (Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Eight

APRIL

  • 7 April, (First Direct Arena, Leeds) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Ten
  • 14 April, (AO Arena, Manchester) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Eleven
  • 21 April, (P&J Live, Aberdeen) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Twelve
  • 28 April, (3Arena, Dublin) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Thirteen

MAY

  • 5 May, (OVO Arena, Glasgow) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Fourteen
  • 12 May, (Utilita Arena, Sheffield) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Fifteen
  • 19 May, (The O2, London) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Sixteen
  • 26 May, (Utilita Arena Newcastle) Premier League Darts 2022 Night Seventeen (Play Off Night)

JUNE

  • 3 – 4 June (Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA) US Darts Masters (World Series)
  • Defending Champion: Nathan Aspinall (England)
  • 16 – 19 June (Eissporthalle, Frankfurt, Germany) World Cup of Darts
  • Defending Champion: Scotland

JULY

  • 16 – 24 July (Winter Gardens, Blackpool) World Matchplay of Darts
  • Defending Champion: Peter Wright (Scotland)

AUGUST

  • 12 – 13 August (Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Townsville, Australia) Queensland Darts Masters (World Series)
  • 26 – 27 August (WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, Australia) New South Wales Darts Masters (World Series)
  • 19 – 20 August (Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, New Zealand) New Zealand Darts Masters (World Series)
  • Defending Champion: Michael van Gerwen (The Netherlands)

SEPTEMBER

  • 16 – 18 September (AFAS Live, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) World Series of Darts Finals
  • Defending Champion: Jonny Clayton (Wales)

OCTOBER

  • 2 – 8 October (Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin) World Grand Prix
  • Defending Champion: Jonny Clayton (Wales)
  • 27 – 30 October (Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany) European Championship
  • Defending Champion: Rob Cross (England)

NOVEMBER

  • TBC: (Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton) Grand Slam of Darts (Unconfirmed)
  • Defending Champion: Gerwyn Price (Wales)
  • TBC: (Butlin’s Minehead Resort) Players Championship Finals (Unconfirmed)
  • Defending Champion: Peter Wright (Scotland)

DECEMBER

  • TBC (Alexandra Palace, London) 2023 PDC Darts World Championship (Unconfirmed)

Defending Champion: Peter Wright (Scotland)

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