The five most bizarre moments in World Darts Championship history

Peter Manley handles his darts as Adrian Lewis looks on (credit:Darts.tv)

The PDC World Championship has delivered some of the most memorable moments in the history of darts since its inception in 1994; here, we take a look back at its five most bizarre.

Legends have been made during the biggest event in the sport, both at the Circus Tavern and now at the Alexandra Palace.

However, with the stakes and intensity so high (the 2016 winner will take home ¬£300,000), things can either not go to plan or take a rather spontaneous and unexpected turn. 

Lewis walks off stage - 2006

Needle had been brewing between a young Adrian Lewis and experienced Peter Manley during their close-fought quarter-final in the 2006 event.

Lewis appeared unsettled by his opponent's apparent gamesmanship antics and voiced his frustrations to referee Russ Bray after taking the third leg of the fifth set.

Manley then appeared to overstep the marker, as he was seen speaking as Lewis was about to throw in the next leg.

This led to the rising star angrily storming off stage and the mind games clearly worked, with his opponent going on to win the match 5-3.



Lewis-Wade 'draft gate' - 2012

Lewis was forced to leave the stage prematurely again during his semi-final showdown with James Wade six years later.

Both players complained of a mysterious draft blowing across the stage and affecting the projection of their throws.

They reluctantly continued as Wade opened up a two-set lead, but further concerns from Lewis resulted in the match being delayed much to the frustration of his in-form opponent.

'The Machine' raced into a 5-1 advantage upon the restart, but a stunning fight back from 'Jackpot' saw him eventually triumph 6-5 on his way to a second World crown.



Malice at the palace - 2013

There has always been a rivalry between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, albeit a very healthy one with plenty of mutual respect attached.

Therefore, eyebrows were raised at the conclusion of their 2013 semi-final, which Taylor won 6-4, when the victor reacted aggressively to the post-match handshake and attempted embrace from his opponent.

'The Power' later revealed that he was not feeling too well when the Dutchman accidentally pulled his arm too hard, while apologising profusely and admitting that his actions were out-of-order.



Referee fail - 2015

It is not very often that the referee gets it wrong in darts, but Paul Hinks did when he forgot to address the sudden-death leg during Wes Newton's opening-round clash with Cristo Reyes in the 2015 event.

Hinks elected Reyes to throw first as if it were a normal leg much to the confusion of the Spaniard who, recognising that it was the decider, threw for the bull.

As both players proceeded with the leg, a timely intervention from a tournament official saw the mistake eradicated and it was restarted in the correct manner.

Despite the interruption, Reyes held his nerve against the world number 13 take out double 16 and score one of the greatest upsets in the history of the competition.



Barney's Bunting speech - 2015

Van Barneveld has become renowned for the grace he shows towards his opponents both in victory and defeat.

Nevertheless, nobody could have expected the speech the Dutchman delivered to the crowd following his 5-4 quarter-final victory over Stephen Bunting 12 months ago.

Bunting had impressed during his first season on the PDC circuit after switching from the BDO and was brought to tears after Barney's impromptu announcement, in which he offered substantial praise for his opponent's achievements.



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The five most bizarre moments in World Darts Championship history

The PDC World Championship has delivered some of the most memorable moments in the history of darts since its inception in 1994; here, we take a look back at its five most bizarre.

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