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David Thompson 19th Nov 2011 - 18:49

Hankey's out for the count as Walsh and Anderson reach semis!

 

HANKEY'S OUT FOR THE COUNT AS WALSH & ANDERSON REACH SEMI-FINALS

TED HANKEY was knocked out of the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts on Saturday afternoon as Mark Walsh enjoyed a fine 16-14 victory in their quarter-final, with Gary Anderson defeating Terry Jenkins 16-12 to join him in the semi-finals.

Two-time World Champion Hankey threatened a stunning fightback when he came from 15-9 to trail Walsh by just one leg of their last eight encounter.

However, he missed three darts at double 16 to force a deciding leg before Walsh finished 90 to win through to only the second major televised final of his career.

"I missed an awful lot of doubles early on and I was always chasing the game," said Hankey. "It didn't seem to go for me early on but I'm happy - I played well enough and it just wasn't good enough on the day."

Walsh, the 2005 UK Open runner-up, will now meet Anderson in Sunday's semi-finals as he searches for his maiden major title.

"At 15-10 I thought the game would be over soon and then he started coming back," admitted Walsh. "I started to doubt myself and I thought I'd thrown it away, but he missed his chance and I took the 90 out."

Anderson was also made to sweat before sealing his 16-12 win over Jenkins.

The Scot hit ten 180s and finished the game with an average of 99.97, with a mid-game burst which saw him win seven out of eight legs proving crucial before Jenkins hit back from 13-7 down to cause him some anxious moments.

"I'm relieved to have got through that," said Anderson. "Terry's best form is returning and he kept coming back at me.

"I knew there were a lot of 140s and 180s from me but the doubles are the main thing and I missed too many. I thought I was going to blow it at the end and started panicking, but I had a good winning leg."

Saturday's evening session sees the remaining two quarter-finals, as PDC World Champion Adrian Lewis plays former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster before three-time Grand Slam winner Phil Taylor meets Paul Nicholson.

William Hill Grand Slam of Darts
Quarter-Finals

Saturday November 19
Afternoon Session
Ted Hankey 14-16 Mark Walsh
Gary Anderson 16-12 Terry Jenkins

Evening Session (7pm)
Mark Webster v Adrian Lewis
Phil Taylor v Paul Nicholson
Best of 31 legs

MARK WALSH 16-14 TED HANKEY
MARK WALSH won through to only the second televised semi-final of his career with a thrilling 16-14 win over battling Ted Hankey at the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts.

The Hertfordshire ace, whose only similar success in a televised major came when he reached the 2005 UK Open final, continued a superb debut at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall with a clinical defeat of the two-time World Champion.

Walsh led 8-3 and 15-9 in the race to 16 legs before Hankey took five straight legs to threaten an incredible comeback, finding his range on the doubles which had deserted him earlier in the contest.

Walsh missed five match darts as the tension mounted, but he regained his composure to finish 90 for a place in Sunday's semi-finals, where he meets Gary Anderson or Terry Jenkins.

"At 15-10 I thought the game would be over soon and then he started coming back," admitted Walsh.

"I started to doubt myself and I thought I'd thrown it away, but he missed his chance and I took the 90 out."

Although Hankey took the game's opening leg, he missed two early darts at a double in a taste of the finishing problems he would suffer throughout the game.

Walsh hit a 174 before levelling on double top in the second, and stepped in to punish Hankey's misses in the next two to move 3-1 up courtesy of double four and double ten.

Walsh also landed a 180 in the fifth leg, but Hankey checked out 101 to cut the gap to 3-2, and after sharing the next two it was the Hertfordshire thrower who took command by winning four successive legs.

Hankey missed doubles to win three of them as his woes on double top and ten continued, with Walsh capitalising to move 8-3 up.

Hankey won the 12th, following up a 180 with a double top finish, and also landed a maximum in the next only to see Walsh follow up his earlier 180 with tops.

Walsh then finished 122 to move 10-4 up, and he bettered that with a 124 checkout after Hankey landed double 12 to move 11-5 up.

The next six legs were shared as Walsh moved two away from the win at 14-8, before a miss at tops from Walsh saw Hankey hit double ten to reduce the gap to five legs.

Walsh, though, hit a 180 and stepped in following a missed double ten from the Telford thrower to hit tops and move to the brink of victory - only for Hankey to spring to life.

A pair of double ten finishes won Hankey the next two legs as he fought back, and after trading 180s with Walsh he took out double two to reduce the gap to 15-12.

He posted another 180 in a 14-darter to take the next as Walsh missed tops for a 120 checkout and the match - and the drama continued as Hankey took a fifth successive leg in thrilling fashion.

Walsh opened with seven perfect darts but hit a three instead of treble 19 as his bid for a nine-darter went begging, and then after leaving 24 he missed two darts at double 12 and one at double six as Hankey posted double eight to keep the match alive at 15-14.

Walsh's double trouble continued when he left 90 in the next, landing treble 20 but missing double 15 and then bursting his score - but Hankey crucially missed three darts at double 16 and he returned to finish the combination at the second time of asking to take the win.

Hankey admitted: "I missed an awful lot of doubles early on and I was always chasing the game.

"It didn't seem to go for me early on but I'm happy. I played well enough and it just wasn't good enough on the day, but I reached the quarter-finals and enjoyed the week.

"Mark played great, he was superb and I wish him the best of luck in the semis."

GARY ANDERSON 16-12 TERRY JENKINS
GARY ANDERSON held off Terry Jenkins' fightback to win through to the William Hill Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals on Saturday afternoon.

The Scot hit ten 180s in another heavy-scoring display, although he was made to sweat as Jenkins threatened a comeback when he came from 13-7 behind to trail just 15-12.

Anderson, though, hit double ten to finally secure his triumph and a place in the last four of the Grand Slam for the third time in five years of the event.

Jenkins had defied a 180 from Anderson to take the game's opening leg before the Scot levelled on tops and hit further maximums in the next two to break throw and then lead 3-1.

A fourth 180 followed in leg five, but Jenkins replied in kind and took out double top for a 14-darter to hit back.

He then took out 110 to break and double ten to lead 4-3 as Anderson stuttered, although he replied superbly with legs of 12 and 13 darts to wrestle back the lead.

Anderson missed three darts to win the tenth as Jenkins levelled, and after hitting double ten to break for a 6-5 lead was again punished as he missed seven darts at a double before his opponent hit double three.

Anderson, though, hit top gear to reel off the next four legs in effortless fashion, hitting three 13-dart finishes and a 14-darter to move 10-6 up.

Jenkins hit a 180 and a 78 finish to slow his charge, but Anderson replied with another 14-dart leg, a 128 checkout to break throw and double five for a 13-7 cushion.

Tops gave Jenkins his eighth leg and, after Anderson hit a 180 in a 13-darter, the pair traded maximums in the next as the 2008 runner-up cut the gap to 14-9.

Anderson hit double top in the next to move one leg away from the win, but Jenkins landed in the same bed in the next and punished a missed double 14 for the match in pulling back to 15-11.

Anderson also missed the bull for victory in the next as Jenkins hit tops, but Anderson landed three 140s to pull clear in leg 28 and landed double ten to secure his semi-final berth.

"I'm relieved to have got through that," said Anderson. "Terry's best form is returning and he kept coming back at me, so it was nice to get the winning leg eventually.

"I knew there were a lot of 140s and 180s from me but the doubles are the main thing and I missed too many. I thought I was going to blow it at the end and started panicking, but I had a good winning leg."

Anderson now takes on Mark Walsh in Sunday's semi-finals, and he said: "Mark's playing well so it should be a good game. His form has been steady throughout the week and he's done really well to get this far."

Jenkins said: "I let Gary get into a lead and it was always going to be a big ask to pull it back. I came good at the end but wish I'd played like that in the middle of the game.

"I'm happy with how I've played this week since losing in my first game, and I know my form's coming good so I'll look to take that forward from here."

 

 

 

 
 
 

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