Wayne Mardle withdrawn from Premier League
Wayne Mardle is out of the Premier League of Darts as illness plagues him for the third week in a row.
Hawaii 501 is one of the most popular players on the circuit and his entertaining antics on stage will be missed, unlike his darts as he has been throwing well below potential with just one win and two draws in nine games.
Also missed will be the points won by the remaining players against Mardle. With the exception of Jelle Klaasen, who lost to Wayne in Coventry and improves his Premier League Table Leg Difference by 2, every player has suffered a deduction in points as Mardle's results for 2009 will be struck from the records.
Whilst there is no change of order for the top 5 places it is Mervyn King who suffers the most with his four points won scratched from the Premier League table which puts him just a point ahead of Raymond van Barneveld (who only lost one point) and two ahead of John Part who currently sits outside the play-off zone. To add insult to injury the fact that he has also lost 13 legs difference, as he beat Mardle so emphatically 8-1 and 8-2, really opens up the race for the play-offs between these three.
Terry Jenkins' deduction of three points puts him down at seventh, and now bottom, in the league with Klaasen jumping into sixth place.
Each of the remaining three weeks of fixtures will still have four games per night with challenge matches featuring Robert Thornton, Adrian Lewis, Dennis Priestley and, in front of the crowd in Cardiff, Welshman Mark Webster and Gary Anderson.