Count on Hankey to tame Bully Boy

Ted Hankey is upbeat about his chances of beating Michael Smith on Monday night and advancing to the knock-out stage of the Grand Slam of Darts (Smith 8/11, Hankey Evens – Match Prices).

The 45-year-old currently sits in second place in Group H, having lost to Scott Waites but beating Dave Chisnall in his second outing on Sunday.

Waites has won two from two and is already through to the last 16, while Chisnall has been eliminated after back-to-back defeats, meaning it is a straight shoot-out between the ‘Count’ and ‘Bully Boy’ Smith to stay in the tournament (Waites 22/1 Tournament Outright).

Smith averaged 103.17 in beating Chisnall but was way down at 88.84 when losing to Waites on Sunday, while Hankey was up at 95.45 when he took care of Chisnall.

It looks set to be a fascinating clash in Wolverhampton between the 45-year-old and the 23-year-old Merseysider.

And, having recovered from the minor stroke that he suffered at the same event 12 months ago, Hankey feels that, on his day, he can be the match of anyone in the field.

“I’ve had my health problems and I’ve been on the mend, and I know that when I can play I’m as good as anybody and I can do anything,” he said.

And the Stoke-born veteran feels he can go a lot further in the competition if he can sneak past Smith at the Civic Hall.

“I’ve just got to go out to win against Michael and hopefully I will do because I’ve got a lot more to offer, not just for myself but for this crowd and this tournament,” he added.

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