Ryan Searle hits nine-darter as fans tell Grand Slam star to ‘take a bow’

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    Ryan Seale secured his place in the knockout stages of the Grand Slam of Darts for the very first-time – with a stunning nine-dart finish.

    The 36-year-old from Somerset lived up to his Heavy Metal nickname when beating Nathan Rafferty by five legs to three in a match which he needed to win to progress past the first stage.

    Having beaten Gian van Veen and lost in a whitewash to Gerwyn Price, Seale was as it best when it mattered to send the Aldersley Leisure Village crowd in Wolverhampton into wild celebrations.

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    The Englishman is only the sixth player to ever hit a perfect leg in the competition, booking a contest against his best pal in the form of Luke Humphries in the last 16.

    Seale was given a long time to celebrate thanks to the timing of the leg, leaving the winning dart in the board until after he took a selfie with the crowd.

    The win was made all the more impressive considering his lack of practise in recent weeks as he prepares to move house.

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    Reacting on social media, one fan said: "Take a bow."

    A second added: "Made it look easy!!" A third posted: "Ryan Searle has been box office so far this tournament. Scenes!"

    An excited fourth fan added: "Can’t wait for the World Championships next month. One of the best things over Christmas."

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    A fifth agreed: "Doesn’t matter who does it… you like Darts it gets you off your seat every time."

    Searle is guaranteed at least £12,250 from reaching the last 16, having made £384,000 over the past two years to sit 15th in the rankings.

    He faces a tough task against his friend in the next round, with Humphries fourth in the world rankings after a sensational start to 2023.

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