Chch darts champ beaten in London

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 10:12 20/12/2012
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SHORT STINT: Dave Harrington of New Zealand throws against Haruki Muramatsu of Japan during World Darts Championship.

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You'd hope national darts champion Dave Harrington had a good time, because it certainly wasn't a long one at the world championships in London this morning.

Flanked by two attractive young ladies as he entered the Alexandra Palace to classic pump-up music, the 59-year-old from Christchurch appeared to be lapping up the occasion in the 9000-capacity arena as the typically boisterous darts crowd cheered on him and his opponent, Japan's Haruki Muramatsu, ahead of their preliminary match.

"Ally Pally" is a far cry from the Christchurch pub scene but sadly for Harrington, once the hype settled down and darts started flying, the occasion got to him.

He was beaten 4-0 in less than 15 minutes; the grey-haired Kiwi may have towered over the diminutive figure of the 35-year-old from Japan but Muramatsu dominated where it mattered as Harrington failed to fire a shot.

Muramatsu progresses to the first round to play Australia's former world No 1, Simon Whitlock, hoping to better first-round losses in 2010 and 2011, the latter to Phil "The Power" Taylor, the 15-time world champion and best player of alltime.

Harrington? He can tuck into a few pints and enjoy the atmosphere from the tables as the heavy hitters play for the $1 million top prize.

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- The Press

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