The PDC World Darts Championships at the Alexandra Palace descended into farce last night as Simon Whitlock and Martin Schindler battled for a place in the second round.
The first leg of the third set became gripping viewing for all the wrong reasons, as both players simultaneously seemed to lose their ability to play the game.
In an escalating nightmare for both of them, 22 darts were thrown at securing the leg with a closing double.
All of them unsuccessful !
The grizzled old warrior Whitlock and his relatively inexperienced opponent seemed gripped with tension as they attempted time and time again to hit their target.
The raucous fans at the Palace could not quite believe what they were seeing as their heroes resembled pub players with their darts flying horribly wide of their target.
The ability to close out legs with unerring accuracy is one of the remarkable skills that professional players possess, skills that both men appeared to lose as their darts flew with the laser like precision of paper aeroplanes.
Both players were left on double one, known as 'Madhouse' in the darting world, and the bizarre madness was finally ended when the German Schindler managed to hit the target, much to the delight of the shellshocked punters.
You can watch the ridiculous ending to the leg in the video below.
The fans and the commentators cannot believe what they are watching!
The comical period of play overshadowed what was ultimately an impressive performance from the Wizard Whitlock, runner-up here in 2010, as he eventually eased to a convincing 3-1 victory with a 127 checkout.
The 10th seed, who has shown glimpses of returning to his best this year, will now go on to meet either Darren Webster or Devon Pettersen for a place in the third round.
He wil,l however, not be wanting to see too many replays of that infamous leg.
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