Walsh v Hankey: Count on the experienced player

it is a rare occurrence to see Walsh in the semi-final of a big tournament

Two days might not seem like enough of a break for either of these two men after the epic contests they both endured in their second round matches. The pair were made to fight till the bitter end for their places in the quarter-finals as both matches went the full 19 legs, with Mark Walsh edging out Dean Winstanley and Ted Hankey squeezing past Michael van Gerwen.

Walsh’s contest was probably the higher quality of the two as he fired in a 98 average and produced a very impressive finishing ratio of 53%. Hankey’s stats were not quite as good, but still very competitive (91 average and 45% checkout rate), and one area he could dominate is in hitting maximums. The Count produced six to Walsh’s three on Thursday night; this was more than double the amount he had hit in the group stages, showing he really improves over the longer format.

These two have never met before in competitive action so there is little history to draw on to help us predict what will happen. Especially when considering that this is the furthest stage either man has ever reached in this tournament, things become even more difficult.

As good a player is Special Brew is, he does seem to come unstuck at this stage of major competitions; it is a rare occurrence indeed to see Mark Walsh in the semi-final of a big tournament. However, Ted Hankey doesn’t have the same problem, winning the Lakeside World Champioship as recently as 2009.

This is probably the reason that most bookmakers have The Count as favourite for the match, and I would agree with them, although there are some that can’t separate the two. Hankey seems to have something about him this week, and an even stronger determination than normal to do well, and the Evens Bet365 are offering for him to win with looks good to me.

Recommended Bet:

Ted Hankey to win @ Evens with Bet365 [£200 Free Bet]

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 19/11/2011 - 11:49 AM
Filed in:- Grand Slam of Darts Betting News

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