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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 January, 2004, 16:26 GMT
King ends O'Shea dream
Mervyn King
King had few problems in seeing off O'Shea
Mervyn King booked his place in the Lakeside World Championship final with a 5-1 demolition of Tony O'Shea.

'The King' justified his status as third seed with a dominant display, just missing a nine-darter in the first set.

O'Shea had beaten second seed Ted Hankey in the quarter-finals, but rarely troubled King.

King will play England's Andy Fordham in the final, after he ousted Dutch top seed Raymond van Barneveld.

King, who was asked to play again just 15 hours after his epic semi-final with Ritchie Davies, said: "I'd love to go out there and support Raymond van Barneveld, who is a good friend.

"But I think I'm going to have something to eat and go to sleep.

"Mentally it's not a problem, it's the physical aspect of it that is.

"My feet hurt and I haven't had a lot of sleep.

"But I was inconsistent today. I played two or three legs of fantastic darts and then didn't play well for a couple.

"I managed to scrape through but it was only because Tony missed a lot of doubles."

The 37-year-old was disappointed to miss out on a nine-darter, although he quickly regained his composure to take control of the match.

"You can't think about it too much or you'll lose the match," he said.

"I was able to put it out of my mind and responded with a 12-darter at the start of the second set."





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