Peter Manley accused of ‘mind games’ as fans beg to get him in Premier League

Darts fans reckon Peter Manley was up to his old tricks against Scott Mitchell in the World Seniors Darts Championship on Thursday.

Manley, competing in the event at the Circus Tavern for the second time, took on Scotty Dog in one of the standout encounters of the first round. And it didn't take long for darts fans to accuse Manley of mind games as he asked Mitchell for help opening his water bottle within seconds of reaching the stage.

Long-known for his gamesmanship on the oche, One Dart then laughed in Mitchell's face as he won the second leg of the match. But it was an incident at the start of the second set that had fans doubled over in laughter.

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After Mitchell took the opening leg of the second set, Manley appeared confused as to who should throw first in the second leg. The scoreboard graphic indicated it should be Mitchell, with the former BDO champion having thrown first in the match.

But Manley wasn't having any of it and proceeded to get referee Paul Hinks involved. Following a quick back-and-forth that included Mitchell, the Cumbrian thrower eventually agreed that Mitchell should indeed take the throw.

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The incident didn't help Manley, who went on to lose the match in straight sets. However, it had darts fans on social media pining for the previous era of darts and its characters and urging the PDC to give One Dart a spot in the Premier League.

One person wrote: "Mitchell doing really well here to avoid throttling Manley." Someone else commented: "Manley mind games. Not sure what happened, but he tried to stall things."

A third user added: "Jesus Peter Manley ain't changed anything. Put anyone off but nothing back it up anymore." While another wrote: "We need Peter Manley in the PL next year I would watch every single night then."

Mitchell will now face Robert Thornton or Roland Scholten in the next round. The World Seniors Darts Championship concludes at the Circus Tavern on Sunday.


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