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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 January 2006, 16:57 GMT
Hankey crashes out in first round
Ted Hankey
Former champion Ted Hankey crashed out of the Lakeside World Championship in the first round on Saturday.

Hankey, who won the title in 2000, lost 3-1 to Holland's Albertino Essers.

"I can't explain it. I've been playing so well in practice, but I walked on to the stage and it just didn't happen," said the eighth-seeded Hankey.

Fifth seed Tony Eccles was beaten 3-2 by Denmark's Per Laursen but top seed Mervyn King made no mistake as he beat Cumbrian qualifier Brian Woods 3-0.

"Once I found my mark I was quite happy," said King.

"I feel confident. I always feel confident wherever I play, but I really do feel up for this.

"I was nervous for the first two legs but once I won that first leg the nerves went."

Stockport's Tony O'Shea reached the second round with a 3-1 win over Tony West, while two England v Holland battles went the way of the home players.

Shaun Greatbatch was pushed all the way before beating Niels de Ruiter 3-2, but Mareno Michels suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat against Paul Hogan.

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