James Wade had fans creasing after ‘arrogant’ reply to Michael Smith’s 9-darter

James Wade had fans creasing after ‘arrogant’ reply to Michael Smith’s 9-darter

James Wade had darts fans cracking up with his hilarious reply to Michael Smith's nine-darter at the UK Open.

Wade, 38, has developed something of a reputation for his bizarre post-match interviews.

And he produced another corker after his 10-8 win over Boris Krcmar in the last-16 at Minehead.

The Machine had to fight hard to beat the Croatian and managed one of the best legs of his career en route to victory.

Wade, who so often has nine-darters hit against him – including two by Gerwyn Price in the Premier League last month – hit one of his own in the eighth leg of his match against Krcmar.

The Aldershot-born thrower checked out 141 to send the crowd into delirium as he bounced around the stage in delight.

Nine-darters have been ten a penny in the PDC of late, and sure enough, there was another one less than 20 minutes later.

The second perfect leg of the night belonged to Michael Smith, the world championship runner-up finding perfection in the seventh leg of his match against Mensur Suljovic.

Darts fans on Twitter celebrated both achievements equally, but Wade had no doubts over which one was better.

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"It was quite cool, you know? And they were all in the middle. I don’t think there’s any I could doubt," he said, reflecting on his nine-darter.

"You see quite a lot of people hit nine darter but they were all white middleish and it was never in doubt. I was never not going to hit that so it was pretty cool."

"One hundred percent it wouldn’t have been anything like my one," he said of Smith's nine-darter, before concluding with a dig at ITV, saying: "I’m doing alright. You keep blowing smoke up everyone else’s arses and I’ll keep doing what I’m doing."

Darts fans let Wade know what they thought of his interview on Twitter.

One person wrote: "James Wade is a bit of an arrogant w*****.

Someone else said: "Genuinely don't know how to take James Wade…I never know if he is on a permanent wind-up when he get's interviewed or if he is just being a prick."

A third user added: "Cant stand James Wade such an arrogant, cocky sod!."

Wade will face Irish youngster Keane Barry in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

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