James Wade recorded only the 10th nine-darter in PDC World Darts Championship history in his third-round match against Stephen Bunting at Alexandra Palace, before going down to a 4-2 defeat.
Wade had seen his English compatriot battle back from 2-0 down to level proceedings at two sets apiece before writing his name into the competition’s history books. The left-hander threw seven successive triple 20s followed by a triple 19 before nonchalantly finding the double 12, celebrating the moment with an understated fist bump with Bunting.
Former champions Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis have twice achieved nine-dart finishes at the tournament while the others to do it are Dean Winstanley, Michael van Gerwen, Terry Jenkins, Kyle Anderson and Gary Anderson.
Despite the brilliant nine-dart leg, James Wade was unable to capitalise on it and struggled for the remainder of the game eventually falling to Bunting who notched up four sets on the spin to book his place in the next round of the competition.
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