Wayne Mardle says you see 147s ‘a lot’ as theyre ‘much easier than nine-darter’

Wayne Mardle risked the wrath of snooker fans as he made a cheeky quip about the difficulty of a 147 break as he commentated at the World Darts Championship.

The debate, which has raged for years, has resurfaced recently over what is the greater feat – a nine-dart finish or a maximum break. Sky Sports commentator and former World Championship semi-finalist, as you expect, is firmly in the darts camp.

He jokingly reiterated his stance during the second round clash between Michael van Gerwen and Lewy Williams. With the latter left on 147, Mardle said: “You see it on the snooker table a lot, because it's a lot easier than a nine-darter, a 147.”

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The popular broadcaster then laughed as Williams took the shot. One person who will certainly disagree is his friend and former snooker world champion Shaun Murphy, who claims to have hit a nine-dart finish and a hole-in-one, as well as a perfect break.

He told the From the Clubhouse podcast this year: “That is true and, currently, I think it’s a club of one. I don’t know anyone else who’s done all three.

“We did a funny Twitter poll because Wayne Mardle, the former pro darts player, is a good friend of mine and he’s a commentator on Sky now. We’ve played golf together and had a bit of banter and we always have the craic about what’s harder: is it the nine-darter or is it the 147?

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“Now, obviously, it’s the 147. Anyone who says nine-darter needs to go and see a doctor immediately. But we have that bit of banter quite often and, the last time we did it, I think the hole-in-one got thrown in and it was, like, hang on a minute, I’ve done all three.

“I’ve only had one hole-in-one and I’ve only had one nine-darter but as I sit here talking to you, I’m not aware of anyone else who’s done all three. People can send their applications in any way they want. There’s lots of room to join the club.”


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