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Hankey and O'Shea reach BDO final

BDO World Darts Championship final, Lakeside, Frimley Green, Surrey, 11 January
Coverage: Live on BBC2 from 1750 GMT, Red Button and BBC Sport website


Tony O'Shea

Highlights - O'Shea and Hankey through to final

Ted Hankey will meet Tony O'Shea in the BDO World Championship final after both notched 6-4 wins in the semi-finals.

Hankey, the 2000 BDO champion, saw off 2007 winner Martin Adams, while O'Shea held off a comeback by Darryl Fitton to reach his first Lakeside final.

"It's unbelievable. That's the best I've played all week, but Martin never went away," Hankey, 40, told BBC Sport.

O'Shea, 47, who is good friends with Fitton, said: "The final has got to be easier than that."

He and Fitton were first on the oche, and O'Shea recovered from 2-1 down to win the next four sets and close in on victory.

Fitton looked dead and buried at 5-2 down but hit back to win the next two sets and looked like forcing a decider.

However, he missed three darts at a double to win the set 3-1, and three more to win it 3-2 before O'Shea finished in style on the bull.

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O'Shea, nicknamed "Silverback", added: "We said during the week if we ever got to a big game it would be the best or worst game.

"It was up and down, but I love the guy to death."

"Dazzler" Fitton said: "We said during the interval we needed to get each other going because it was a terrible game at first.

"It was my own fault, missing those doubles, but all credit to Tony, it was a great bull to win it."

There was never more than one set between Hankey and Adams - who both hit 161 checkouts - until "The Count" edged 5-3 ahead, holding his nerve to finish on double two.

"Wolfie" Adams hit back in typical fashion to reduce the deficit, but Hankey closed out victory in the 10th set to reach his first final since 2001.

He added: "The semi-finals is still the only round I've never lost in and I'm happy with that."

Adams, the champion in 2007, added: "I was struggling at times but he was really hurting me with the 140s and 180s.

"He seemed to have that knack of hitting a big shot to leave himself a good finish."



see also
BDO World Championships draw
05 Jan 09 |  Darts
Darts on the BBC
10 Apr 08 |  Darts
Darts results
12 Oct 00 |  Darts


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