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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 January, 2004, 20:39 GMT
Hankey cruises through
Ted Hankey
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Ted Hankey has made easy progress to the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship quarter-finals.

The number two seed dominated Stephen Bunting in an all-English affair, running out a comfortable 3-0 winner.

Bunting, an 18-year-old student and one of the games bright young talents, had no answer to Hankey whenver the former champion upped the tempo.

Hankey was joined in the last eight by Tony O'Shea, Ritchie Davies and fellow seed Mervyn King.

"When Stephen came back at me, I started to let them go," said Hankey, the 2000 world champion.

After losing the first set, Bunting wasted a golden opportunity to level the match in the second.

He missed doubles on eight and four before Hankey, stepped up another gear to seal the win.

"I played at a normal pace tonight," said Hankey. "If I played at the pace I do in practice then the match would be over in 10 minutes, so I have to pace myself on stage.

"That's why I have my manager behind me to calm me down in matches. I can guarantee that Tony O'Shea will not want to play me."

O'Shea came through another all-English match, beating Gary Robson 3-2, and is relishing the prospect of facing Hankey.

"Ted's an ex-champion but I've probably beaten him more than anyone else has. I've got nothing to lose," the greenkeeper said.

Robson repeatedly came back from behind before O'Shea, who landed seven 180s, clinched the deciding set.

"I'm delighted with that victory. I felt unwell at the weekend but the adrenalin started to kick in on stage and I felt fine up there."

Welshman Davies is looking to repeat his feat in reaching last year's final and declared his "love" of the Lakeside stage after a comfortable 3-0 win over Steve Duke.

He came through two tight first sets on his way to claiming a place in the last eight.

"After what I achieved last year, I just feel really comfortable and settled at the oche," he said.

Davies now faces third seed King who had to call on all his experience to see off Finland's Jarkko Komula.

As well as Kormula's doughty darts, King had to cope with the jeers of the crowd.

Despite that reaction to his complaints over the measurements of the oche in his first round match, King kept his composure.

Komula came back from two sets down, but having taken it to a decider could not make much of an impression with King reeling off three winning legs for a 3-2 win.

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