Waites v Hankey: You can Count on Ted
Scott Waites and Ted Hankey are darts players of contrasting style and mannerisms. Waites is a player of undoubted natural ability who, when on song, is a match for anyone in the sport. Hankey, on the other hand, is a grafter and often needs to know he is in a game to produce his best. That isn’t to undermine The Count’s obvious skill.
If this were a PDC match it would be James Wade versus Kevin Painter, or Adrian Lewis versus Andy Hamilton.
In his first round win over Andy Boulton Scotty2Hotty hit four ton+ checkouts as he cruised to a 3-1 win. Hankey, meanwhile, was pegged back after racing into a 2-0 lead before reasserting his dominance to take the 3-2 victory.
Like his PDC cousin, James Wade, Waites has never done it on the World Championship stage. Always finding ways to falter when the odds are seemingly stacked in his favour. The 2010 Grand Slam winner is undoubtedly a better darts player than Hankey, but that won’t bother the two-time Lakeside champion, he has a few extra tricks up his sleeve.
I don’t blame the bookmakers for making Waites their 2/5 clear favourite. They have to. But it would be a fool who parts with his money at those odds.
If Waites can come through this match, then he may just go all the way. But he will need to showcase all of his credentials to see off one of the game’s fiercest competitors.
One of those qualities that he will need to display is his combination finishing. As mentioned previously, he made four checkouts of over 100 to beat Boulton in comparison to Hankey’s two three-figure checkouts in the first round. Ladbrokes offer odds of 4/6 that Waites has the highest checkout of the match.
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